International Admissions Overview  

Thank you for your interest in applying to Diablo Valley College as an international student. Below you will find an overview of the admissions process and requirements.

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Academic Bridge program important dates:

Summer 2020 Academic Bridge

Orientation: June 25 & 26, 2020
Classes begin: June 29, 2020
Classes end: August 20, 2020

Fall 2020 Academic Bridge

Application deadline September 18, 2020
Orientation: October 21 & 22, 2020
Classes begin: October 26, 2020
Classes end: December 17, 2020

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Fall 2020 important dates:

Application deadline: July 15, 2020
Orientation: August 20, 2020
Classes begin: August 24, 2020
Classes end: December 13, 2020

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Spring 2021 important dates:

Application deadline: November 2, 2020
In-person orientation: January 21, 2021
Classes begin: January 25, 2021
Classes end: May 21, 2021

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Admission application and requirements


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 English proficiency requirements

Students must have a certain level of English proficiency to succeed at DVC. This requirement may be fulfilled by submitting official scores from one of the following English proficiency tests:

Internet based TOEFL (IBT) 61
* Paper based TOEFL (PBT) 500
IELTS - Academic test

5.5 (minimum band score of 4.5)

ITEP Academic 3.5 
PTE Academic  45
GTEC CBT  1100
Step Eiken  2A
CAE Cambridge English Advanced  160
IEC (International Education Center) Completion of Adv. B level certificate
ELS Centers

Completion of EAP Level 109 certificate

UC Davis Intensive English Program

 Completion of level 600, minimum 3.0 GPA, grade of C or higher in writing


 Minimum score 90

We are accepting Duolingo for Summer Bridge and Fall Term 2020 only as a response to COVID-19 related test site closures

* Only paper based TOEFL tests administered in the United States will be accepted, all others must take the IBT. 

TOEFL institutional school code for DVC is 4295Only official scores sent directly from the testing center will be accepted.

If you do not have the required English proficiency you may attend the intensive English language program offered through the International Education Center (IEC) at Diablo Valley College before attending DVC. You will be allowed to complete a high level at IEC or attempt to get your required TOEFL/IELTS  score while studying in their program. The contact information for IEC at DVC is the following:

International Education Center (IEC)
2151 Salvio Street
Suite 210
Concord, CA  94520

E-mail: Phone: 925-676-4600
Web: Fax: 925-676-4200

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The estimated costs for the 2020-2021 academic year are as follows:

$ 8,304 Tuition and fees based on 12 units/semester
(estimate based on 24 units ($346/unit), for the academic year)
$ 8,100 Food and housing (based on home stay)
$ 1,854 Books and other educational expenses
$ 1,238 Transportation
$ 3,030 Miscellaneous and Personal
$ 1,440 Mandatory medical insurance ($600 Fall 2020, $840 Spring/Summer 2020)
$23,966 Total estimated cost for academic year

Tuition is subject to change. The bank statement must show total cost for academic year amount or more. 

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 Health insurance                                    

There is an additional cost for mandatory insurance. The mandatory insurance fee is part of your registration cost, and it is due during the first 15 days after classes begin. The insurance coverage begins August 10 for the fall semester and January 10 for the spring term. Continuing students who pay on time for the insurance will have continuous coverage. Further information about this insurance is sent when admission to the college is complete. 

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 Health certification                                 

Although DVC does not require proof of immunizations, it is strongly recommended that all students planning on coming to the US to study receive all necessary vaccinations and are free of tuberculosis. Students should assure that they are healthy when they come to study in the United States. 

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To be admitted, students must have graduated from high school (or have attained a high school graduation equivalency) or be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the entering semester. Official transcripts from high school are required from applicants who do not reach 18 years of age at the beginning of the term. Submission of high school and college transcript is highly recommended for all students for possible academic requirement completion.

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 High school graduation requirement       

Diablo Valley College does not offer a high school completion program. California State law clarifies that a student must be 18 years of age or a high school graduate by the time their first semester begins.

Applicants who pass a U.S. equivalent GED meet the high school graduation equivalency requirement for international student admission to Diablo Valley College.

The minimum age to attend DVC as an international student is 16. However, a 16 year old must be considered a high school graduate.

O Levels and IGCSE

Students who wish to enter DVC by completing the Cambridge O Levels or the IGCSE must be in an O Level or IGCSE curriculum. 

The IGCSE and O Level qualifications described below meet both the high school graduation equivalency and English language proficiency requirements for international student admission to Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College and Los Medanos College.

Applicants must submit final IGCSE or O Level results showing five subjects passed with grades of C or higher. One of the subjects must be English – First Language, English as a Second Language or English Language. Scanned copies of the final IGCSE and O Level results are accepted.

Diablo Valley College will not admit students based on preliminary results or students who take IGCSE and O Level exams as independent or private candidates. 

Chinese High School Graduation 

Students who are applying from a high school in China who will not be 18 years of age when their first semester begins must complete the 12 year of high school study.

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 Transferring to DVC                                

If you are an international student with F1 status attending another school, college or university who wishes to transfer to DVC:

  1. You must submit a DVC international student application with all required documents before the deadline.
  2. We will let you know by e-mail the status of your application. You will later receive the transfer acceptance information and instructions by e-mail . 
  3. You must follow the transfer out procedures at your current school in order for them to transfer your SEVIS record to DVC. Once we receive your SEVIS record we will be able to issue DVC I-20. 

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The DVC International Students Admission office (ISAS) will also assist students in finding appropriate accommodations on a non-guaranteed basis. These accommodations include apartments and rooms for rent. However the student is required to make their own connections and financial arrangements for the non-guaranteed housing possibilities.

The college does not have dormitory facilities. Guaranteed homestays are available for a fee. Please visit Diablo Valley Homestay for detailed information on the guaranteed housing option.  

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Orientation and F1 check-in session         

Upon acceptance the student will be provided information for beginning studies. It is very important that we have the student’s correct and personal email address in file at all times.

Students will receive a link to the Online International Orientation which will give them information on how to complete the Student Educational Plan or SEP. Completing the online orientation and the Student Education Plan will result in the student getting an earlier class registration/enrollment date. The Online International Orientation will also show students how to register/enroll for classes.

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 Notification of acceptance                   

Acceptance e-mails will be sent on a rolling basis as complete applications are received and processed.  The e-mail will include information on when the I-20 form will be completed and delivery options. 

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