Required Steps to Enrollment

Fall 2023 Semester

Welcome to Golden West College! We are so excited to have you join our campus community. 
Here are important steps for a successful start at GWC. Please read each steps carefully and complete all of the steps.

Questions? Contact the ISP Office: | 714-895-8146

Not yet admitted to GWC? Visit the Future Student page to get started on your application.


Check your admission email for your MyGWC Username and instructions for temporary password.

MyGWC temporary password is the capital letter of your first name, lowercase letter of your last name, date-of-birth in MMDDYY format, and CCCD at the end.
Example: John Smith was born on February 1, 2007 would be entered as Js020107CCCD.

Recommended: Microsoft Authenticator or Google Authenticator App
I cannot log into MyGWC, what should I do?

2. Your I-20 and F-1 Visa

✔ Students Outside of the U.S. and Applying for F-1 Visa
✔ Students Already in the U.S. with F-1 Visa and I-20 from Another Institution
✔ Canadian or Bermudan Citizens

3. Purchase Your Health Insurance

You must purchase GWC’s approved International Student Insurance. 

Purchasing this insurance is mandatory. No other insurance plans are accepted. You will not be able to register for Fall semester classes until you purchase the health insurance!

Steps to Purchase the health insurance:

  1. Visit the JCB Insurance website to purchase your insurance for the Fall 2023 semester: 
  2. Search Golden West College
  3. Select school year
  4. Select "International Students"
If you plan to stay in your home country for the semester, you do not need to purchase health insurance. Please let us know your plans.


4. Travel to Huntington Beach

Important Dates

  • You may enter the U.S. with your I-20 and F‐1 visa as early as, but not before, July 15, 2023.
  • Arrive as early as possible before your Program Start Date of August 14, 2023.
  • Most students choose to fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Learn more about LAX at:
✔ COVID-19 Related Travel Restrictions
✔ Finding Housing

5. Mandatory Check-In

After you arrive in the U.S., you must complete this form to satisfy the F-1 immigration reporting requirements.
Don't complete this form if you haven't arrived in the U.S. yet!

✔ Required Documents for Check-In

6. Get Ready for Classes

Book an Appointment with the Academic Counselor

The academic counselor will help you make an educational plan and register for courses. Contact the ISP office to schedule an appointment: or call 714-895-8146. Appointments are available on Zoom and in-person. You do not need to be in the U.S. to meet with the counselor.

You must purchase the health insurance before seeing the academic counselor.

✔ Steps to Register in Classes
✔ Pay for Your Classes

7. Attend Mandatory Orientation

Fall 2023 Semester Orientation: August 23, 2023 (Wednesday)

In-person attendance at the orientation is mandatory.

Failure to attend will result in a hold on your MyGWC account and may impact your priority registration eligibility for future semesters.

Invitation and detailed information will be emailed to you closer to the date.

✔ Pre-Orientation Canvas Course
Is attendance at the orientation required?