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International Students

Welcome to Trinidad State!
At Trinidad State, we consider international students an integral part of our diverse student body. We have students from countries around the world who bring experience, perspective and background to our college community.

Trinidad State opened its doors in 1925 as the first community college in Colorado. Our service area is vast, spanning eight Colorado counties and two campuses. We offer degrees and certificates in almost 30 areas of study. All campuses offer student-centered environments that foster student success. As an international student, you will find that instructors, staff and other students are eager to help you adjust to your new surroundings and achieve your educational goals.

Application Process

International students may apply for admission for the fall or spring semesters.

  • Application deadlines:
    Fall Semester: July 15
    Spring Semester: November 15

To meet the application deadlines above, International students must submit items 1-10 on or before the deadline date. Please submit all items to the International Designated School Official, listed near the bottom of the page. Only complete applications are considered. Steps to apply include:

  1. Apply for Admission
    1. There is no application fee. You can apply online.
  2. Submit a copy of your Passport
    1. Submit copy of your visa (if applicable)
  3. Submit the International Student Supplemental Information form. This form verifies specific information required to complete the I-20 immigration document accurately.
    1. Click here to complete the International Student Supplemental Information form.
  4. Submit the International Student Statement of Financial Support
    1. Click here to complete the International Student Statement of Financial Support form.
    2. This document, along with the required paperwork documentation (bank statements, affidavits of support, sponsorship letters, etc.) verifies the student’s ability to cover their cost of attendance while attending Trinidad State.
  5. Provide certified English translations of official high school transcripts indicating graduation date and/or College transcripts from any College or University attended (U.S. or foreign).
    1. Mailing Address:
      Trinidad State College
      Attn: Admissions
      600 Prospect Street
      Trinidad, CO 81082
  6. If English is not your first language, submit proof of English proficiency as indicated by a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL score of 68 or above), Duolingo (score of 95 or above).
  7. Provide a copy of your immunization records in English which must include: measles, mumps, and Rubella (MMR), and meningitis.
  8. International students are required to carry medical insurance while studying at Trinidad State. When you arrive in the U.S. you will need to bring a copy of your current medical insurance card and policy details. Insurance coverage must meet the following minimums in (U.S. dollars):
    1. Medical Coverage:
    2. Accident or sickness- $100,000
    3. Accidental Death and Dismemberment- $10,000
    4. Repatriation- $15,000
    5. Medical Evacuation- $50,000
  9. The International Processing Fee is a $100 non-refundable fee that is required for all new and transfer International students. Please contact Ruth Blasi in the billing department by phone (719) 846-5547 or email to pay the fee.
  10. Upon receipt of all of the above required documents, Trinidad State will issue the United States Immigration form I-20. You then will apply for an F-1 visa through the U.S. Consulate in your home country.

SEVIS I-20 and F-1 Visa

Follow these steps to get an F-1 visa:

  1. Obtain I-20 from Trinidad State.
  2. Check the current wait times for visa appointments and issuance in your city.
  3. Pay the SEVIS fee, if applicable.
  4. Complete the Visa Application form DS-160.
  5. Make a visa appointment and go to an interview at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

* Canadian citizens are not required to apply for a visa to enter the United States as an F-1, but must still pay the SEVIS fee and present their I-20 at the U.S. port of entry. However, if the visitor has “Landed Immigrant” status in Canada, a U.S. visa is required to enter the United States.

Leslie Velarde

International Designated School Official
Trinidad & Valley Campus

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Transfer Students

If you are transferring from another U.S. institution, you must provide documentation of transfer eligibility signed by your previous school’s International Office and copies of your visa, passport, I-94, and previous I-20 with your application materials. You must submit completed documentation to the Trinidad State Registrar for review.

Admission to Trinidad State

After all materials are reviewed, Trinidad State will issue the United States Immigration Form I-20. You then will apply for an F-1 visa through the U.S. Consulate in your home country. When you arrive in Colorado, you must report to the designated school official and bring with you your I-20, visa, passport and medical insurance documentation.