Sierra Nevada College welcomes international students to apply as undergraduate or graduate students.

International Students

International students enjoy the immersion in the English language within the welcoming social environment and healthy outdoor culture of our small liberal arts college, nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The campus is located at about 2,000 meters elevation and within walking distance of Lake Tahoe, one of the cleanest and deepest lakes in the world.

Welcome to Sierra Nevada College

SNC welcomes students from any country to apply. We have enrolled students from Belgium, Brazil, Bhutan, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Eritrea, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Nepal, Norway, Poland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Number of International Students: 68 | Number of Countries Represented: 22

Do You Want to Prepare to Study in the US?
New Online Class: US Academics and Culture

This 12 week 3 credit course for international students teaches key strategies to succeed on campus, to improve communication skills, to build professional networks, and to adjust in US culture. Graduates will receive SNC academic credit for ELEC 110.

Enroll at our partner institution HLSL Institute.

Requirements for International Undergraduate Applicants:
  • Completed application
  • Official results of English language test scores
  • Completed SNC International Student Form
  • Bank statement showing proof of one year of tuition
  • A transcript evaluation from one of the following companies:

    Each course must be individually evaluated, including course level.

  • Optional: Letter of recommendation in English
  • Optional: Personal essay in English

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office at or 866.412.4636

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program