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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, spring or summer semesters.

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

To meet the application deadlines above, international students must submit items 1 – 7 on or before the deadline date. Only complete applications are considered. Steps to apply include:

  1. Apply for admission.
    There is no application fee. You can apply online.
  2. Submit the International Student Supplemental Information Form and a copy of your passport. This form verifies specific information required to complete the I-20 immigration document accurately.
    (Download document here.)
  3. Submit the International Student Statement of Financial Support. This document, along with the required paperwork documentation (bank statements, affidavits of support, sponsorship letters, etc.) verifies the student’s ability to cover the cost of their academic program and cost of living while attending Trinidad State.
    (Download document here.)
  4. Submit verification of Secondary School Completion. International students must provide proof that they have completed their post-secondary education. Typical proof includes an academic transcript or certificate from the high school or program.
  5. 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 153 computer-based or 53 internet based or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of at least 6.0.
  6. Provide certified English translations of high school transcripts indicating graduation date and/or College transcripts from any college or university attended (U.S. or foreign).
  7. 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):
    Medical Coverage – Accident or sickness - $100,000
    Accidental Death and Dismemberment - $10,000
    Repatriation - $15,000
    Medical Evacuation - $50,000
  8. 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.
  9. If you have not taken college level math and English at an Accredited University in the United States, you will take a placement test to ensure you are placed in the correct course level. You may be able to have this test proctored in your country. However, you may also take the test once you arrive.
  10. Immigration regulations allow you to travel to the U.S. no earlier than 30 days before the start of the semester. You are required to schedule an appointment with the Designated School Official upon your arrival in Colorado. Please bring your I-20, I-94, Visa and passport with you. Be prepared to provide proof of medical insurance and residency.

Bailee Jones

International Designated School Official
Trinidad & Valley Campus
Whats App +1 (719) 680-8006

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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.