We welcome the occasion to discuss your digital media design goals as an international student, and the opportunity to study in the United States more thoroughly. Talented individuals from nations as diverse as Argentina, China, Canada, Brazil, Belgium, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, Germany, and Denmark, have chosen PCSD’s unique educational environment as the place to launch their journey into the digital media design industry.
International Admissions Process
- Submit Application for Admissions.
- Review the catalog and select desired program.
- Submit I-20 Application or if attending another college within the U.S. the I-20 Transfer Form.
- Submit copy of Passport.
- Submit copy of Visa (F-1) if already attending a college within the U.S.
- Financial Information: The immigration department requires that you have proof of sufficient funds to cover your tuition, books, supplies and living expenses for the minimum term of one year while in the United States. The current amount required is listed on the I-20 Application.
- Provide current original, official bank statement stating sufficient funds are available to you for a full year.
- If you are not the owner of the funds, your sponsor may submit their official bank statement and a letter of support from the person responsible for the funds. The sponsor letter should state that the person responsible agrees to pay for your tuition, books, supplies and living expenses while you are studying in the United States.
- If the student or sponsor owns a business, the applicant provides business registration, licenses, etc., and tax documents, as well as original bank records and/or statements.
- If graduated from High School and previous attended Colleges outside of the U.S. you would need to have the transcripts evaluated for U.S. equivalency from a member of the NACES.org. Please work with a member of NACES to complete your transcript evaluation and request for them to have the results sent directly to Platt College’s Admissions Department.
- High School Graduation document = Document-to-Document, OR
- Bachelor Degree and above = Document-to-Document, AND
- Previous college transcripts below a Bachelor’s Degree = Course-by-course
- Complete the Wonderlic – Scholastic Level Exam (SLE) in English accompanied with a short essay. You may contact Platt College Admissions to arrange administration of the assessment either in person or in your own country. To complete the assessment in your country, you will need to arrange and provide the contact information of an agent, teacher, librarian, etc., in your country that can administer the SLE. If visiting San Diego, you may complete the assessment in person.
* PCSD does not require GRE or TOEFL test scores.
Admissions Acceptance, Issuing an I-20 Form and Paying the SEVIS I-901 Fee:
- Once the admission and financial requirements are met, the DSO (Designated School Official) creates an initial SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Information System) record and issues a Form I-20 for the student.
- If outside the United States, PCSD sends a copy of the DSO signed Form I-20, to you. If currently in the United States, you may arrange to pick it up.
- Applicants that require a visa to enter the United States must pay the SEVIS I-901 fee before going to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for their Visa interviews. Nonimmigrant currently in the U.S. who apply for student or exchange visitor status must pay the fee prior to filing their change of status application. For detailed information on payment of the SEVIS I-901 fee, please visit http://www.fmjfee.com. Obtain proof of the SEVIS I-901 fee payment.
International Transfer Student within the U.S. process:
- Student provides transfer-in school (Platt College) required documents for admissions and financial support documents as stated in the “International admissions process” above.
- Student informs the DSO at the transfer-out school of their desire to transfer.
- Upon acceptance into a program, student provides the DSO at the transfer-out school with proof of acceptance from the transfer-in school.
- Student must maintain status by attending classes until the transfer release date. Student cannot decide to transfer in the middle of a term and immediately stop attending classes. This action would be a violation of status and the student’s SEVIS record is terminated.
- Student should contact transfer-in school shortly after the transfer release date. Student must report to the transfer-in school within 15 days of the program start date and enroll in the first required session/term at the school.