International Admissions Overview  

Important Message

F-1 international students traveling  to the U.S. with an initial I-20 for fall 2021 must be enrolled in at least one partially in-person or fully in-person course in order to enter and stay in the U.S. for the fall semester. This is required by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

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.

Admission Information 


Important Application Dates:

Fall 2021 

Application deadline July 1, 2021
Orientation: August 19, 2021
Classes begin: August 23, 2021
Classes end: December 10, 2021

Fall 2021 Academic Bridge

Application deadline September 17, 2021
Orientation: October 20 and 21, 2021
Classes begin: October 25, 2021
Classes end: December 10, 2021

Spring 2022 

Application available: July 15, 2021
Application deadline: December 1, 2021
Orientation: TBD
Classes begin: January 24, 2022
Classes end: May 20, 2022

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How to Apply

Prospective DVC F-1 international Student

The Diablo Valley College international student application is a three-step process:

  1. Create a CCCApply account and complete the DVC International Student Application:  Application 
    Creating a CCCApply account and completing the Diablo Valley College international student application will take about 30 minutes. After you create and account, you will be automatically directed to complete the DVC International Student Application. Please use these directions to guide you: Step-by-step instructions are provided here

    PLEASE NOTE:  You will receive an email IMMEDIATELY after submitting your application. This email asks you to confirm your email address. You MUST click this email to have your application sent to DVC.

  2. Pay the $50 application fee: After you complete the online application, you will receive an email with instructions for how to pay your application fee. Your application will not be processed until the application fee is paid. After completing your application, your DVC login credentials will be emailed to you.

  3. Email the following required documents to 

     ALL STUDENTS Students under 18 Transfer students Students with agents

    1. A copy of your passport

    2. Proof of English proficiency 

    3. Financial support documents (bank statement showing at least $23,966)

    4. Financial sponsor form,

    Student Consent and Release form

    1. ALL STUDENTS documents 

    2. Proof of high school graduation

    3. Minor Consent form

    1. ALL STUDENTS documents 

    2. Copy of I-20

    3. F1 student visa

    1. ALL STUDENTS documents

    2. Agent Form




Concurrent Enrollment Steps for F-1 International Students Studying at Other Colleges

If you would like to take a class at DVC while enrolled as a full-time F-1 international student at another college or university, please complete these steps:

  1. Complete the OpenCCCApply application for Diablo Valley College (this is the same application for domestic students)

  2. Email a concurrent enrollment authorization letter from your current school to the DVC International Student Office at The letter must include your full name, current school name, SEVIS ID number, and signature from your DSO.

  3. Questions related to class registration or other procedures at DVC can be directed to Admissions and Records at



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 English Proficiency Requirements

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency by one of the following for admission to Diablo Valley College.

English Proficiency Tests 


Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet-based)

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


IELTS Academic
International English Language Testing System

Minimum band scores of 4.5

Cambridge English: Advanced


iTEP Academic
International Test of English Proficiency


PTE Academic
Pearson Test of English Academic


Global Test of English Communication


Step Eiken


Institutional TOEFL

Only for non-degree seeking students from partner universities



In response to COVID-19 related test site closures, DVC will accept Duolingo certificates for the following terms:   

  • Summer Bridge 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Fall Bridge 2021

Minimum score 90


*Only results within the past two years are accepted
**Scanned copies of official score reports are accepted; Online results verification (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE)

Partner Intensive English Programs 

Conditional letters of admission will be issued for applicants in the following programs:

International Education Center (IEC @ DVC)

Completion of Advanced B Level Certificate

ELS Language Centers

Completion of Level 109 (EAP)

Kaplan International

University Placement Service

Kaplan Higher Intermediate 

UC Davis Intensive English Program

Continuing and Professional Education


Completion of UC Davis’s highest level of
Community College Pathway Track with a
3.0 GPA or better

Secondary (High School) Academic Records

1. Study for a minimum of two (2) years at a U.S. high school with grades of C or better in academic English (not ESL)

2. Final IGCSE or O level results with a grade of C or higher in one of the following: English Language, English –
First Language, English as a Second Language

3. Graduation from a high school outside the U.S. where English is the primary language of instruction. Provide a
letter from a school official on institution letterhead stating that English is the medium of instruction.

4. Completed all years of upper secondary school in Sweden or Denmark with an English proficiency level of English 6 (Sweden) or English B (Denmark).

Post-Secondary (College/University) Academic Records

Transcripts from U.S. institutions showing one (1) academic year of college level English with grades of C or better.

International Education Center (IEC) at DVC

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)


Phone: 925-676-4600
WhatsApp: 925-676-4200

2151 Salvio Street, Suite 210
Concord, CA  94520

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Academic Bridge Program Fees

For current Academic Bridge Program fees and important dates please visit the IEC website.

Academic Year Fees:

The estimated costs for the 2021-2022 academic year at DVC 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
$ 1,524 Mandatory medical insurance ($635 Fall 2021, $889 Spring/Summer 2022)
$24,050 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 and 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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