Diablo Valley College is planning a variety of course formats for spring 2022. That is, there will be a selection of in-person, fully online and partially online (combination of online and in-person instruction) courses.
Financial support evidence is not needed for newly admitted students who enroll in online courses from outside of the U.S. for spring 2022. Financial support evidence will be required, however, to issue an I-20 and obtain an F-1 visa for on-campus, in-person instruction for spring 2022. Your college will communicate with you about this process. If you are transferring from a U.S. institution, please contact the international office at your college for guidance about financial support evidence, a transfer I-20 and maintaining F-1 status.
Your I-20 must have a program start date of 01/24/2022. If your I-20 program start date is different, you will need an updated I-20. Please email email@example.com from your DVC InSite email with your full name and DVC ID number to request an updated I-20.
No. You will not need to pay the fee again if your I-20 needs to be updated with a new program start date.
Yes, an updated I-20 will be issued with a new program start date. Please email your college’s international student office to request a Deferring Enrollment Form and updated I-20.
You do not need a new visa if your current visa is valid past the date of your (future) entry into the U.S. Please check the visa expiration date on your visa. However, you will need an updated I-20 with a new program start date. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an updated I-20.
If you have already been issued an I-20 for spring 2022 yet have not obtained a visa, it is strongly recommended that you prepare updated financial support documentation for the visa appointment.
Yes, however, you must request a Deferring Enrollment Form and:
-Submit a new application for admission.
-Pay another application fee.
-Provide updated financial support evidence (e.g., bank statement).
-Provide updated English language proficiency documentation (if your test score is more than two years old from the start date of your program of study).
Travel to the U.S is dependent upon your ability to obtain an F-1 visa. Please click here to view visa appointment wait times in your country/region. It is also recommended that you confirm this information with your local U.S. Consulate or Embassy.
Yes, please note that CCC, DVC, and LMC require all students taking in-person classes to be vaccinated. The information listed below is for U.S travel and entry purposes only.
Effective November 8, 2021 travelers to the U.S. by air must show a negative result of a COVID-19 viral test taken within three (3) days of travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the U.S. In addition, non-U.S. citizen, non-immigrant travelers ages 18 and older and arriving in the U.S. by air must present proof of being fully vaccinated from an official source to airlines at least 14 days before travel.
Vaccines approved by the FDA and those that have an Emergency Use Listing from the World Health Organization will be accepted. Official information can be found at the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) websites. It is also recommended that you contact your nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy as well as the airline you will be flying.
Effective January 1, 2022, foreign national travelers entering the U.S. through a land border land or ferry terminal must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. For more information about entering the U.S. by land or ferry, please visit this site.
There are limited exceptions to the vaccination requirement. Those under 18 are exempt from vaccination requirements. As well, and as determined by the CDC, there are exceptions for students traveling from countries with limited vaccine availability. Information can be found here. Students from these countries must “show an official U.S. Government letter (paper or digital) documenting approval of the exception." Students who receive exemptions will be required to get vaccinated in the U.S.
Yes, effective November 1, 2021, our colleges require COVID-19 vaccinations for all students taking in-person classes or who need to visit any campus facility. Click here for more information.
Select your vaccine from the drop-down menu and upload your proof of vaccination at this site. Accepted vaccine documentation is listed on the site. Students must use their InSite email address (email@example.com). Students will receive a notification within 3 days at their InSite email address. Students can confirm their InSite email address in the “Settings” tile in their InSite portal.
Yes, everyone must show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative test result, before going to indoor businesses such as restaurants, bars and gyms in Contra Costa County and in in the San Francisco Bay Area. This also includes campus food service areas, as well as any indoor gym activities or classes.
If you are inside the United States, health insurance is mandatory for all F-1 students.
The cost of health insurance is $889 for the Spring 2022 semester. Students must pay before classes begin in January 2022.
Health insurance coverage for international students begins January 3, 2022 and ends August 9, 2021.
No, however, the vaccinations do not cost anything. Students need to show a photo I.D. and proof of international student health insurance to schedule a vaccine appointment.
Yes, please review the Student Safety Checklist for our colleges.
No, accommodation is extremely limited. Students are encouraged to secure housing as soon as possible.
Yes, all homestay students must be vaccinated and send Diablo Valley Homestay by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) a copy of their proof of vaccination. Note that the placement fee is $450 and the monthly homestay rate is $1,100.
Mostly, though each course section will have its own schedule. Students should carefully check the scheduling notes for each course section to determine if a given section of a course includes synchronous instruction. Here is a link to the course schedule search (searchable by college and semester).
-Asynchronous courses (no set class meetings) will have “ONLINE” included in the meeting days/times column, and no days or times will be listed. Also, the comments section will not include references to any required orientations or synchronous class sessions.
-Synchronous courses (online courses that have set class meetings on specific days using Zoom software and on California/Pacific Standard Time) will list the days and times of instruction OR there will be specific synchronous meeting sessions listed in the comments section.
Students can use any operating system (PC, Mac, Android, iOS) for taking online courses.
It is recommended that students have access to a desktop or laptop with audio and video capability and reliable Internet access. Students may use mobile phones, though they will be expected to do extensive typing.
All courses will use Zoom. Students should contact course instructors to ask if any social media such as YouTube will be used that may not be accessible in their regions.
All online courses will be delivered through the online management system. Here is a helpful online learning link for students at DVC.
Yes, most online courses require the purchase of textbooks. Textbooks can be purchased online from the college's bookstore or through other vendors such as Amazon, etc. Some courses require the purchase of an 'online course pack,' which includes access to reading, exercises and quiz materials. Students can purchase online textbooks or course packs using a credit card. However, many courses use open online resources and do not require purchase of course materials. Those courses are designated as Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC). Here is a link to the DVC Book Center.
Students can book appointments online. Online drop-in counseling may also be available, depending on your college. Please visit your college’s Counseling Center website for details.
Registration can be done online through InSite from your home country. Priority registration dates and times are listed in InSite under the Registration menu. Students may register for courses until midnight on the first day of classes: January 24, 2022.
The answer depends on your I-20 status as follows:
-Continuing students with an active I-20: Yes. To maintain your F-1 immigration status, you are required to take 12 units.
-Students outside the U.S with an initial I-20: No. You are not required to maintain 12 units if you plan to study outside the U.S for spring 2022.
We strongly encourage full-time enrollment due to the temporary provisions of U.S. immigration policy guidance during COVID-19. For additional questions, please contact the international student office at your college.
$346 per unit.
Students should pay the tuition for their online courses as soon as possible. However, if they need to pay in installments or wait to pay, they will not be charged late payment fees. Students should note that, if they have a balance on their account, a registration hold will be placed on their account. This hold will block them from being able to register for the following semester. Once the tuition has been paid, this hold will be automatically removed from their account.
Yes, you may try online courses for several classes. You are allowed to drop an online course at no charge. The deadline to drop a full-term course is Friday, February 4 for the Spring 2022 Semester.
Yes, free online tutoring is available to all students through any Canvas course.
Expect to spend 6 to 9 hours per week (on and offline) for a 3-unit course.
Students should be prepared to actively participate in online courses through frequent interactions with instructors and classmates. This includes contributing to online discussions. Students should review course syllabi for more information about grading policies.
DVC’s Zoom Orientation is January 20, 2022 at 5:00 pm
Yes, students at all colleges who are arriving in the U.S. will be required to attend orientation.
Yes, you may still join a student club(s) as some have online meetings. The colleges have a variety of clubs that have been active in the remote learning environment. Please inquire with the club(s) you are interested in for more information. Here is the link to the Student Life at DVC.