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Admission Requirements

International Student Application Requirements

How to Apply

Applying to IVC is a two-part process: an online application and submission of International Student Application documents.

STEP 1: On-Line Application

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

Once you have completed the online International Application, you will receive an IVC student ID number. 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 Application Documents

Submit the remaining documents after you receive the IVC student ID number:

International Student Application

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.

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.

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). Submission of English proficiency test scores does not determine IVC course placement; the IVC English/ESL Guided Self Placement (GSP) 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)

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.

Completion of Secondary School Where the Language of Instruction is English: Students who have completed secondary school where the language of instruction is English will meet English proficiency through submission of school transcripts. Secondary schools outside of the US also require a letter from the school principal or counselor verifying that the language of instruction is English.

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 or HISET to fulfill this requirement.

Transcripts: Students are encouraged to send official high school transcripts, official university transcripts and official foreign credential evaluation documents directly to the IVC Admission & Records Office electronically.

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.


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. Copy of your current I-20
  2. Copy of your F-1 visa
  3. Copy of your I-94 to be downloaded at
  4. Official transcriptsfrom all US colleges or universities attended. Official transcripts must be sent to IVC Admission & Records Office electronically

Applicants under 18 Years of Age

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.

How to Submit My Application

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 Sent via
Email to Advisor:

A - J

Contact David Chang

K - M

Contact Maria Lopez

N - Z

Contact Julia Rozova

Applications will be processed within three to five (3-5) business days of receipt.

How to Receive My I-20?

The acceptance letter and I-20 will be sent to you by email. Our office is not mailing out I-20s via postal or express mail service at this time.

NOTE: I-20s can ONLY be sent to your official IVC email account as this is the email on record with SEVIS. Please be sure to activate your "" email to receive the I-20.

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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