All newly arrived international students must attend the orientation programs coordinated by the Office of International Programs for the Fall and Spring Semesters. Immigration regulations require students to register their presence in the U.S. within 30 days of the program start date listed on their immigration document (I-20).

Orientation program is designed to provide students with important information about immigration and visa regulations and ISP services. The orientation program also helps acquaint international students to the educational and cultural atmosphere at LACC and Los Angeles, and provide an opportunity to meet other new international students.


F1 Status Requirements:

To maintain your F1 status in the United States you must:

  • Maintain full-time enrollment (12 units) for the Fall and Spring semesters and progress toward your degree program.
  • Maintain at least 2.0. G.P.A. (Grade Point Average).
  • Maintain a valid passport and I-20 at all times.
  • NEVER work on/off- campus without prior authorization.
  • Report any changes in name, address, telephone number within 10 days to International Student Center.
  • DO NOT drop below 12 units without International Student Advisor’s prior authorization.
  • Do Not take more than 3 units online or Distance Ed. courses per semester.
  • Obtain permission before requesting a leave of absence or withdrawal from LACC to receive 15 day grace period eligibility.
  • Do not stay in the U.S. beyond the 60 day grace period following your program end date.