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International Student Admission Information

Dear Prospective Student,

Thank you for your interest in Gavilan College.  Gavilan College welcomes students from other countries.  We are a two-year public community college accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges offering programs in the liberal arts, pre-professional business, vocational and technical fields.  The campus is located in Northern California in Gilroy, thirty-five miles south of the city of San Jose, in a rural setting two miles from the downtown area.  Here is some information you may find useful in making a decision about applying to Gavilan:

Housing and Public Transportation

Gavilan College does not have on-campus residential facilities.  However, apartments are available in the surrounding area and rent for $1000 and up per month.  Public transportation to the campus and around the Bay Area is available by bus and commuter train.

Application Deadlines

To apply for the Fall Semester, your completed application packet must be submitted no later than May 15th. To apply for Spring Semester, the deadline is September 15th.

International Students who are attending another college and wish to take one course at Gavilan

If you have an I-20 at another college, and wish to take a course at Gavilan College in addition to your course load elsewhere, please do the following:

  • Submit a paper application (okay to scan and email to AND a letter from your international student advisor/counselor, on college letterhead, indicating that you are a full time student at that school and you have permission to take classes at Gavilan College. Letter MUST indicate the specific courses and number of units permitted.


A non-refundable, one-time filing fee of $100. U.S. dollars is required.  Applicants must be prepared to pay all school fees and housing costs.  Consult the enclosed tuition and fee schedule for current information.  State or federal financial aid is not available to international students.

View Information on the programs and courses offered at the College.

We hope the material below will be helpful to you and invite you to contact us if you have further questions.


Candice Whitney, M.Ed., M.A.

Director, Admissions & Records