Steps to Enroll for International Students

We’re so happy you’re here! If you're planning to get an F-1 visa or are currently studying in the US in F-1 status and would like to transfer to Diablo Valley College, follow our steps to enroll below. If you have questions, please contact one of DVC’s official representatives in your home country/region or reach out to DVC's International Student Office.

Find your program 

Step 1: Choose an interest area and major

When you apply, you'll get to choose an interest area and select the degree or certificate you want to complete at DVC. Not sure yet? No problem! Learn more about our five interest areas and programs below.

Explore Interest Areas

Apply to DVC

Step 2: Submit your application

Submit your application to become a student at Diablo Valley College through CCC Apply's application for international students. This application will take about 30 minutes. 

Application Instructions    Apply Now

Step 3: Pay the $50 application fee.

Within 24-48 hours of completing your application, you will receive a welcome email with your InSite username and password. Log into InSite and click the "Payment" tile to pay the $50 processing fee (application fee will no longer be charged beginning with applications for Summer 2024).

Application Fee Instructions    Pay Fee

Step 4: Submit your required documents

To finish processing your application, you'll need to submit required documents for international students. Learn more about what documents you'll need and where to submit them.

Submit Your Documents

Get an earlier registration date

Want to sign up for classes faster? Complete your online orientation, placement process, and education plan to get an early registration date!

Step 5: Complete your international student orientation

Prepare for arrival in our self-paced, online orientation for international students! Get tips to secure your visa, find housing, plan your class schedule, and more.

Complete Your Orientation

Step 6: Complete your math & English placements

In as little as five minutes, you can get help choosing the math and English or ESL courses that are best for you. No exams necessary! As an international student, you'll complete our Guided Self-Placement process.

Complete Your Placements

Step 7: Complete your education plan

Get help creating a plan to achieve your career goals and map out your first two semesters at DVC! Watch a video tutorial here.

Complete Your Education Plan

Get your class schedule

Step 8: Sign up for classes

Now that you have a plan, it’s time to put it into action! Register for your first-term classes in InSite. For step-by-step instructions, visit our How To Center. Remember, international students must enroll in at least 12-units (9 of which must be in-person or partially online). New international students are encouraged to register for COUNS-140: Student Success for International Students during their first semester.

Register for Classes

Get checked-in

Step 9: Report your arrival

In order to report your arrival, you must update your local U.S. Address in your Insite account and attend the mandatory Check-in Day event, required by law and held at the beginning of each term. Information regarding the mandatory check-in day will be sent to you via email. Please ensure you have provided a correct and updated email address that you check on a regular basis. We can't wait to see you there!

Review F-1 Requirements

Important Dates

Spring 2024

  • Applications Available: March 1, 2023
  • Pre-Arrival Workshop #1: October 26, 2023
  • Pre-Arrival Workshop #2: November 2, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Students Currently Outside the US: December 1, 2023
  • Deadline to Submit Transcripts for Evaluations/Transfer of Credit: December 1, 2023
  • Pre-Arrival Workshop #3: December 14, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Students Current Inside the US (Transfers): January 10, 2024
  • Mandatory Check-in Day (in-person): January 17, 2024
  • Classes Begin: January 22, 2024

Summer 2024 (Bridge program)

  • Applications Available: October 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline: Students Currently Outside the US: May 1, 2024
  • Deadline to Submit Transcripts for Evaluations/Transfer of Credit: May 1, 2024
  • Pre-Arrival Workshop #1: May 7, 2024
  • Pre-Arrival Workshop #2: May 9, 2024
  • Application Deadline: Students Current Inside the US (Transfers): June 1, 2024
  • Mandatory Check-in Day (in-person): Week of June 3-7, 2023
  • Classes Begin: June 10, 2024


Get connected!

Learn more about DVC's International Student Office and support services. We've got a great team to help welcome you to campus and answer frequently asked questions!