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Welcome to the Alamo Colleges District. This is where the pathway to your educational fulfillment begins.

The Alamo Colleges District has a 120-year history of providing students with a quality education.

We offer more than 250 degrees, certificates, and licensing programs.

The Alamo Colleges District is a leader in academic excellence. This includes our English as Second Language programs.

Students that complete their course work at any of our campuses can transfer to four-year universities.

 Quick Facts About the Alamo Colleges District

  • Located in San Antonio, Texas
  • A Combined enrollment of over 100,000 students
  • Five colleges around the city:
    • Northeast Lakeview College
    • Northwest Vista College
    • Palo Alto College
    • St. Philip’s College
    • San Antonio College



International Student Insurance

All international students are automatically enrolled in with Academic Health Plans, for more information on the Academic Health Plan website.

International Housing & Transportation

Tobin Lofts

Tobin Lofts at San Antonio College are available to all Alamo College District students.

They are fully furnished one-, two- and four-bedroom units for students who attend an institution of higher education in San Antonio.

The services provided at Tobin Lofts include:

  • All bills are included in the price (electricity, cable, internet & water.)
  • a resort-style pool
  • Wi-Fi access
  • media & game room
  • café
  • study rooms
  • business center
  • fitness club
  • business center
  • washer/dryers
  • 24-hour on-call maintenance
  • residence life programming

Tobin Lofts will also house community assistants or "CAs" who will assist students as needed.

For more information or to apply online, visit www.livetobinlofts.com or call 888-696-3145. The temporary leasing office is located at 309 W. Dewey, Bldg. 19.

Villa Maria Residence

Female students can reside at Villa Maria which is located 12 minutes from the college.

The residence for young women is run by Catholic nuns, who happily receive young women from different countries, cultures, and religions, with no distinction of race or creed.

The services provided at Villa Maria include:

  • Single furnished air-conditioned rooms with semi-private bathrooms
  • daily meals, wireless internet
  • laundry facility
  • private parking.

Villa Maria is located at 719 Augusta St., San Antonio, Texas 78215; Telephone (210) 223-8163.

Disclaimer

Please note the Alamo Colleges has not inspected off-campus housing accommodations or verified off-campus housing information and does not assume any liability in connection with these listings. The information is provided solely for the convenience of students interested in finding housing in the San Antonio area and does not include all off-campus housing options.


Transportation Information:

VIA Metropolitan Transit - Upon completion of registration and tuition payment, one week before classes begin students will receive a semester bus pass issued by the Business Office located in the Fletcher Administration Center (FAC).

Note: Bus passes are not issued during summer.

Visas

Obtaining a Visa:

The first step for a prospective nonimmigrant student is to be accepted for enrollment by an established school that is SEVP certified. When all requirements are fulfilled, your application will be evaluated for official admission and if accepted, the Form I-20 and letter of acceptance will be issued by one of the Colleges at the Alamo Colleges District. You submit the I-20 and all other supporting documents to the U.S. Consulate or Embassy in your home country in order to apply for the F-1 Student visa. Because each student's personal and academic circumstances are different, you may be asked different interview questions and/or be required to submit additional documentation.

 Additional Documentation Required:

  • Form I-20 - You will need to submit the San Antonio College SEVIS Form I-20. The I-20 must be signed by you and the San Antonio College P/DSO.
  • Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application, Form DS-160.
  • A passport valid for travel to the United States and with a validity date at least six months beyond your intended period of stay in the United States.
  • One (1) 2x2 photograph.
  • MRV fee receipt to show payment of the visa application fee
  • I-901 fee receipt.

Note: receipt of the I-20 does not guarantee issuance of student visa.

International Tuition & Fees

International students are assessed at the current Non-Resident tuition and general fee rates, plus the Student Activity Fee.

Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Texas State Legislature and the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees.

Estimated Minimum Student Expenses Per Year:

  • Tuition & Fees: $11,184.00
  • Living Expenses: $11,742.00
  • Books/Supplies: $2,074.00
  • Total: $25,000.00

International Admissions

International Checklist

   Admission Application (www.applytexas.org)

   International Student I-20 Application

   Required Financial Verification to meet cost-of-attendance

   Proof of high school completion- evaluated and translated official transcripts from high school and/or college/university

   Proof of English Proficiency—TOEFL scores

   Copy of Passport

   Photo (passport photo size)

   Processing Fee of $100 U.S. (Non-Refundable)

For help, please contact us at dst-international@alamo.edu.

  • New International Students

    The I-20 application is for individuals who are applying for the F-1 visa from outside of the U.S. 

    You must submit items 2-10 on the I-20 application checklist.

  • International Transfer Students (Current F-1 Visa Holders)

    The I-20 application is also used for students interested in transferring from a U.S. college or university.

    You must submit items 2-11 on the I-20 application checklist.

  • Concurrent/Transient Students (F-1 Visa Holders)

    This application is for students who are currently attending another U.S. college or university and would like to take classes at San Antonio College during the regular or summer semester.

    You must submit items 1-7 on the application checklist.

  • Other Visas

    This application is for individuals who hold a visa other than F-1.

    You must submit items 1-8 on the application checklist.

Financial Verification

International students applying to any of the Alamo Colleges must provide verification of financial resources by submitting a letter in English from their bank, their parents’ bank or their sponsor’s bank.

All verification letters should be on bank stationery and show available funds for one academic year and additional funds for a spouse or children accompanying the student. The list below explains what should be in the bank letter.

Financial documentation should be included with your international application.

  • Name of person who owns the bank account
  • Bank account number
  • Type of account(s): checking or savings
  • Date the account(s) were established
  • Current account balance in U.S. dollars
  • Current official rate of exchange from local currency to U.S. dollars
  • Title and signature of a bank official
  • Telephone numbers and email address of bank official
  • Bank letters must be dated within 60 days
  • Bank statements will not be accepted
  • All documents must be translated to English
  • All dollar values must be in U.S. dollars
Foreign Transcript Evaluations

All foreign transcripts must be evaluated and/or translated by a U.S. company. The college will only accept evaluations from NACES members.

Download information about foreign transcript evaluation and translation

Current NACES Member List
Note: There is no guarantee transfer credit can or will be given.  All evaluations are subject to review and approval by the college. 

Transcript evaluations and original transcripts should be mailed to: 

(link to each colleges mail to page)   

Proof of English Proficiency

TOEFL or IELTS scores required for enrollment:

  • TOEFL score: 500
  • iBT TOEFL score: 61
  • IELTS score: 5.0

*TOEFL or IELTS scores are not required for ESL students