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International Student Center

Admission Requirements


​​​​Please note that due to the COVID-19, the IVC campus is closed.  All staff and faculty will be working remotely to assist current and prospective IVC students as needed.​
Application materials can ONLY be submitted by email to or postal mail service. 

All classes will be offered on-line for the 
fall 2020 semester:

In an abundance of caution for the safety of our students, faculty and staff, Irvine Valley College (IVC) will only be offering on-line classes in the fall 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This will impact how international students enroll in classes and eligibility to enter the USA.  

IVC continues to admit international students for the fall semester.  Please review the information below for your enrollment options for the fall: 

Transfer students (students with an active I-20):  Full-time enrollment is required in the fall semester for students transferring to IVC from another US institution (with an active I-20).  Students can enroll in on-line courses while in the US or overseas.

New students overseas (without an active I-20 or F-1 visa):  Per US government regulations, new international students will not be able to enter the US while IVC is in an on-line format.  Therefore, IVC will automatically defer the I-20 for our fall new student admits to our spring 2021 semester which begins on January 19, 2021. 

However, new students CAN still enroll in fall classes from overseas!  This is great news as you can still begin your American education in August!


What are the Benefits of Taking Fall 2020 IVC On-Line Courses from Overseas?

  • This is a great way to get familiar with a US college course without the pressure of the full 12 unit enrollment requirement that you have in fall/spring semesters. (You can enroll full-time if you wish).
  • You can start your US education from the comfort of your own home and have less delay in reaching your academic goals!
  • You will still receive assistance from our experienced international student counselors and advising staff while enrolled in the on-line class.
  • We will provide an on-line orientation to our students enrolling from overseas so you can familiarize yourself with the college and processes.  The updated orientation date will be sent soon!
  • Taking fall class(es) on-line from overseas will not affect your F-1 visa status or future entry into the USA.​


​International Student Application Requirements

How to Apply

Applicants outside of the United States must follow the application instructions below. Applying to IVC is a two-part process: an online application and submission of additional documents by mail.

STEP 1 - On-Line Application:

Applicants must first complete the "International" online application.  Click the link below to access the "International Application": 

CCC Apply International Student Application

Once you have completed the online International Application, you will receive an IVC student ID number and the non-refundable application fee will be charged. If you do not receive your student ID number, contact our office at

NOTE: Submission of the on-line application does not grant admission to Irvine Valley College for F-1 visa applicants. All F-1 visa applicants must submit additional documentation as outlined below in order to be considered for admission and receive the I-20.

STEP 2 - Submit the International Student Documents
Submit the remaining documents after you receive the IVC student ID number:

1. International Student Application:


2. Pay the $54 application fee: Payment can be made on-line by Visa, MasterCard or Discover Card, by check or money order, or in-person:

  • If paying by credit card: Visit the and click on the "MySite" link at the top of the page. Use your student ID number and four-digit PIN to login. Click on the 'My Classes" link on the left side of the page and click the "Make Payment" link.
  • If paying by check or money order: The check or money order must be drawn from a US bank and made out to "Irvine Valley College". Please include your student ID number on the check and mail to Irvine Valley College.
  • If paying in person: Please visit the Bursar's Office in the Student Services Center (SSC), 1st Floor.

3. Submit Financial Documents: Submit an official bank statement and Affidavit of Support verifying funds to meet our estimated annual tuition and living expenses. Bank statements must be dated within the last 4 months and must be accompanied with a certified English translation (if needed). Please see our estimate of tuition and living expenses: 


Embassy sponsored students: An official Financial Guarantee from your sponsoring organization is required.

4. English Proficiency Requirement: Students whose native language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency. (IVC is not authorized to issue I-20s for ESL or AESL study). Not required for students whose native language is English and/or had English as the language of instruction throughout high school.  Submission of English proficiency test scores does not determine IVC course placement; the IVC ESL assessment test will be used to advise on course placement.

English proficiency can be met by submitting one of the following:

English proficiency tests: Official exam scores must not be more than two years old:

TOEFL: 52 iBT or 470 paper based test (IVC institution code is 4773)
IELTS: 4.5​
iTEP: 3.5
CAMBRIDGE ENGLISH: 160  (B2 First, C1 Advanced)
EIKEN: Grade 2A
GTEC CBT:  900

ESL Partner Schools: Students who have completed specific levels at an approved IVC English language school may be able to waive the English proficiency test requirement. Submit an official transcript or letter verifying completion of the required level. Please visit English Proficiency Requirements for a list of IVC's partner English language schools.

Completion of Freshman Composition (WR 1) equivalent course: Students who have completed Freshman Composition (WR 1) at an accredited US university with a grade of "C" or better may have the English proficiency waived. Official transcripts verifying completion are required.

IVC's ESL Assessment TestStudents who place into ESL 370 or higher on the ESL Assessment Test have met our English proficiency requirement. 

5. Evidence of High School Completion: All applicants must provide proof of graduation from high school (or equivalent) in the form of official records/transcripts with certified English translation (if necessary). Students should submit transcripts from all years of study at the high school level. Students may also submit the GED (, HISET ( or TASC ( to fulfill this requirement.

Applicants may be asked to have their documents evaluated by a foreign credential evaluation service.  More information about approved credential evaluation services can be found at Credential Evaluation Services.

6. Passport: Please send a copy of the information page from your passport.


Transfer Students:

F-1 visa students who are currently studying in the US must submit the following documents in addition to items 1-6 listed above:

  1. Verification of Status Form: To be completed by the DSO at your current school. Verification of Status.pdf:
  2. Copy of your current I-20
  3. Copy of your F-1 visa
  4. Copy of your I-94 to be downloaded at
  5. Official transcripts from all US colleges or universities attended

Embassy Sponsored Students:

 Embassy sponsored students must also submit the FERPA Release sponsored.pdf. The FERPA Release form allows IVC to communicate with your embassy regarding your studies.


Applicants Under the Age of 18

 Applicants must be 17 at the start of their first semester of attendance at IVC and must have a legal guardian who resides in the Irvine area. Minor students must live with the legal guardian until they reach 18 AND the guardian must be physically present in the home. Please click the link below to access the Guardianship Form and instructions: GUARDIAN PROCEDURES.pdf

 Irvine Valley College cannot act in the place of the parent or guardian and cannot find a guardian for students.


Tuberculosis/TB Testing:

All new international students must complete required Tuberculosis/TB testing at the IVC Health Center (SSC, 1st floor) prior to the start of classes. TB testing is typically done during orientation.  Transfer students who are not traveling outside of the US prior to the start of classes are encouraged to complete TB testing before orientation.  TB Testing is a two day process and costs $25.00.  Blue TB Clearance forms must be submitted to the International Student Office to meet this requirement.

IVC does NOT accept TB tests done outside of the US.


How to Submit your Application Documents

Applicants may submit their application documents by mail or by email. (U.S. transcripts are not accepted by email and must be submitted by mail.) IVC reserves the right to request originals at any point in the application process. Please ensure that all documents reach us by the posted Application Deadlines. Documents submitted become property of Irvine Valley College and will not be returned to you.

Applications can be mailed to:

Irvine Valley College
International Student Center
5500 Irvine Center Drive
  Irvine, CA 92618 USA

Applications can be emailed to:

​Applicant's Last Name Begins With: Application to Be Sent To Advisor: Advisor's Email:​
​A - J David Chang​ Contact
​K - M ​Maria Lopez Contact
​N - Z ​Julia Rozova Contact

Applications will be processed within five (5) business days of receipt.


Official Acceptance and the Mailing of Your I-20

The acceptance letter will be sent to you by email; I-20s cannot be sent by email. Please refer to the Mailing your I-20 page for information about receiving your I-20 by regular or express mail service.


Health Insurance Requirement

All international students are required to purchase the South Orange County Community College District-approved health insurance plan. Students will not have access to registration until the health insurance fee is paid. IVC does not accept outside health insurance plans. Health insurance fees should be paid AFTER the student is admitted to IVC. 

Please visit the Health Insurance page for information about costs and coverage.



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Monday:​  8:30 am - 5:30 pm​
​Tuesday: ​ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm​
​Wednesday: ​ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm​
​Thursday:  8:30 am - 5:30 pm​
​Friday: ​ Closed