International Student Frequently Asked Questions: Spring 2022

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. 

Admissions Requirements 

High School Graduation

Financial Support Evidence

Do I need to show financial support evidence to be admitted for spring 2022 even though I will be enrolling in online courses from my home country?  

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.

I-20s and F-1 Visas

2. Can I study online in my home country if I do not want to or am unable to travel to the U.S for spring 2022?  
Yes. Students admitted for spring 2022 who are outside of the U.S. have the option of beginning their program of study online from their country of residence. Students intending to do so do not need a student visa. Please communicate with the International Student Office about your situation.
4. Do I need to register for a hybrid or in-person course to obtain my F-1 visa? 
Yes, according to U.S. immigration regulations, you must register for at least one course with an in-person component to obtain your F-1 visa.  Additionally, F-1 international students arriving in the U.S must be enrolled in at least one partially online or fully in-person course for their I-20 to be registered. I-20 registration is required to maintain F-1 immigration status in the U.S.
5. I have already received an initial I-20. Do I need an updated I-20 to arrive for spring 2022?

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 from your DVC InSite email with your full name and DVC ID number to request an updated I-20.

6. I have already paid the SEVIS fee. Do I need to pay the SEVIS fee again if my I-20 program start dates are updated for spring 2022?

No. You will not need to pay the fee again if your I-20 needs to be updated with a new program start date.

Deferring Enrollment to Fall 2022

1. If I have been admitted and received an I-20 for spring 2022, may I defer to fall 2022?

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. 

2. If I’ve been issued an F-1 visa for spring 2022, yet defer to fall 2022, do I need a new visa?

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 to request an updated I-20. 

3. If I was admitted to spring 2022 but would like to defer enrollment to fall 2022, do I need to prepare updated financial support documentation?

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. 

4. May I defer enrollment for more than one (1) semester?

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.

1. Will I be able to travel to the U.S. for spring 2022?  

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. 

3. Are there any special entry requirements to the U.S.?

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.  

College Requirements: COVID-19 and Health Insurance

1. Are vaccinations required to study at CCC, DVC and LMC?

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.

2. How do I show proof of vaccination to study at CCC, DVC and LMC?  

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 ( 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.

3. If I am already in the U.S. and have not yet been vaccinated, where can I get vaccinated near DVC  and how much will it cost? 

There is no cost!  The nearest option to DVC is Safeway Pharmacy at 707 Contra Costa Boulevard.  It is recommended that students schedule an appointment online.  More information can be found here

4. Are there any additional COVID-19 requirements?

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. 

5. Is health insurance mandatory for international students?

If you are inside the United States, health insurance is mandatory for all F-1 students.

7. How much is the health insurance?

The cost of health insurance is $889 for the Spring 2022 semester. Students must pay before classes begin in January 2022. 

8. If I arrive in the U.S. for spring 2022, when will my health insurance coverage begin?

Health insurance coverage for international students begins January 3, 2022 and ends August 9, 2021. 

9. Does the mandatory health insurance cover COVID-19 vaccinations? 

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.


1. Will accommodation be easy to find in January?

No, accommodation is extremely limited. Students are encouraged to secure housing as soon as possible.

2. Is there any Covid-19 related requirement for Diablo Valley Homestay? 

Yes, all homestay students must be vaccinated and send Diablo Valley Homestay by email ( a copy of their proof of vaccination. Note that the placement fee is $450 and the monthly homestay rate is $1,100. 

Courses and Support

1. Will online courses be asynchronous (time zone does not matter)? 

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).

2. How will students know which online courses have set class meetings when looking at course descriptions?  

-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. 

3. What are operating system requirements for taking online courses? 

Students can use any operating system (PC, Mac, Android, iOS) for taking online courses. 

4. What are other technical requirements 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.

5. What video software will online courses use?

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.

6. How will students access online courses?  

All online courses will be delivered through the online management system. Here is a helpful online learning link for students at DVC.

9. Do I need to purchase text books for online courses?

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. 

10. How do I get counseling help to complete my student education plan? 

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.

11. How do I register for online courses?

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. 

12. Am I required to enroll in a full course of study (12 units) if I am outside the U.S.?  

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.

14. By when do I have to pay the tuition for online courses?

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.

15. Will I be allowed to attend the first few classes/sessions of online courses before deciding whether to continue in or drop a course?

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.

16. Will students be able to receive online tutoring?

Yes, free online tutoring is available to all students through any Canvas course.

17. How much time per week can students expect to spend for an online course? 

Expect to spend 6 to 9 hours per week (on and offline) for a 3-unit course. 

18. What other online learning expectations should students be aware of?

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.


1. Will DVC offer an online orientation for Spring 2022?

DVC’s Zoom Orientation is January 20, 2022 at 5:00 pm

2. If I have already attended a new student orientation, do I need to attend another one if I arrive in the U.S. for spring 2022?

Yes, students at all colleges who are arriving in the U.S. will be required to attend orientation.

Student Life

May I join a student club if I spend my first semester studying online from my home country? 

 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.