Application and admission

  Application and computer

Admission deadlines:

Fall semester:     June 1 for all applicants; program start date in August
Spring semester:    November 1 for all applicants; program start date in January
Bridge programs:  

For additional information on Bridge programs, please visit this website: 

Admission requirements:

 Application  Transcripts
 Checklist completion  High School Graduation
 SEVIS fee Transferring to DVC
 Student F1 visa process Housing
 English proficiency  Orientation and check-in
 Fees Notice of acceptance
 Health insurance ISAS Discretionary Calendar


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:


IELTS - Academic test    5.5
ITEP 3.5
IEC (International Education Center) Completion of Adv. B level certificate
ELS Centers

Completion of EAP Level 109 certificate



TOEFL institutional school code for DVC is 4295.

Only 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)
246 Golf Club Road
Pleasant Hill, CA  94523


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

FEES                                              back to top

Tuition and enrollment fees will be collected in full at the time of registration.  The estimated costs for the 2014-2015 academic year are as follows:    


Tuition and fees based on 12 units, minimum required for F1 visa students 


Food and housing (based on home stay)


Books and other educational expenses




Miscellaneous and Personal


Mandatory Insurance


Total estimated cost for academic year

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

HEALTH INSURANCE                    back to top

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.  Please click here for detailed information on insurance fees and coverage.

HEALTH CERTIFICATION             back to top

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.

TRANSCRIPTS                              back to top

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. 


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.

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


Students who wish to enter DVC by completing the Cambridge O Levels or the IGCSE must be in an O Level or IGCSE CURRICULUM. They must also pass five of the IGCSE exams which must include English, Math, Social Studies, Mother Tongue (or second language), and one science class. We will not accept students who take these as independent or private candidates. We must see the examination results before we can admit students, we may accept preliminary results. Once the official results are available the student must submit those to the International Students Admissions and Services office.


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.

TRANSFERRING TO DVC                   back to top

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 by mail or email an admit packet that will contain your letter of acceptance to DVC.
  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.

HOUSING                                      back to top

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. Housing information is mailed to the student in the acceptance packet.

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.  Please click here for detailed information on housing options.

ORIENTATION and F1 CHECK-IN SESSION          back to top

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 INTERNATION ORIENTATION which will give them  information on how to complete their assessment and Student Educational Plan requirements. Completing the online orientation, assessment and 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.


Acceptance packets will be issued and sent on a rolling basis as complete applications are received and processed.  Acceptance letters and admit packets will not be issued until the application for admission is complete. Please complete the application Checklist indicating all completed documents sent and the date when incomplete or missing information will be provided.