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International Student Admissions

Our colleges do not offer a high school completion program. California State law clarifies that a student must be 18 years of age or a high school graduate by the time their first semester begins. The minimum age to attend CCC/DVC/LMC as an international student is 16. However, a 16-year-old must be considered a high school graduate.



Academic Calendar

  • Fall 2023 Semester: August 21 - December 8, 2023
  • Spring 2024 Semester: January 22 - May 17, 2024

2023-2024 Academic Year Estimated Costs

 $ 9,840  Tuition and fees are based on 12 units per semester ($410 per unit)
 $ 10,800  Food and housing (Diablo Valley Homestay)
 $ 1,854  Books and other educational expenses
 $ 1,238  Transportation
 $ 3,030  Miscellaneous and Personal
 $ 1,691.04  Mandatory medical insurance ($704.60 Fall 2023, $986.44 Spring/Summer 2024)
 $28,453.04  I-20 TOTAL

Add $5,000.00 for each dependent who will be accompanying an F-1 applicant. 


Applications Open

  • Spring 2024 Semester - October 1
  • Fall 2024 Semester - Opening soon

Admission Deadlines

   Contra Costa College / Diablo Valley College /  Los Medanos College  
2023 Fall Semester July 1
August 5 (applicants in the U.S.)
 2024 Spring Semester 
December 1
January 10 (applicants in the U.S.) 


Admission Requirements

green check No SAT or ACT for admission to community college
green check No SAT or ACT needed to transfer to a 4-year institution* 

*No SAT or ACT score is required for students who have sufficient credits/ units to qualify as transfer applicants. This varies by institution.

1. Application & $50 application fee
2. Evidence of Secondary/High School Graduation (If under 18)
3. Evidence of English Language Proficiency

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4. Financial support evidence (approximately $28,500)
5. Passport copy


  • There is a 100% acceptance rate for complete applications that meet the minimum requirements for admissions.  
  • Students under 18, transfer students, and students applying through the assistance of agencies must submit additional documentation.}

Admission Steps

  1. Apply (CCCApply + International Student Application)
  2. Pay the $50 application fee
  3. Submit required documentation (see admission requirements below)

Follow the steps for CCC, DVC, and LMC on their respective sites by clicking APPLY NOW! for that college at the top right of this page.



Our colleges do not evaluate foreign post-secondary (college/university) transcripts for course waivers or to transfer credits. Transcripts submitted with your application are for admission purposes only. If you wish to apply for credit transfer (for an Associate’s Degree at CCC, DVC, or LMC), your transcript(s) must first be evaluated by a NACES member organization. Evaluations must include a course-­by-­course report with semester unit equivalencies, distinguishing between upper- and lower-division coursework and including course descriptions and letter grades. It would then be reviewed by the appropriate academic department at CCC, DVC, or LMC. 

Please note that foreign coursework cannot be used to certify California State University General Education (CSU GE) or IGETC requirements, except for the IGETC Language Other Than English requirement. Students who intend to transfer are advised to review the policy of the transfer institution. Also, prospective students intending to transfer to a 4-year institution after CCC/DVC/LMC (and not obtain an Associate’s Degree) do not need to have their transcripts from outside the U.S. evaluated. These individuals should speak with an academic counselor at the respective college (CCC, DVC, or LMC).


International Student Orientations

  • CCC’s in-person Orientation will be on August 15, 2023, in Fireside Hall. 
  • DVC’s in-person Orientation will be on August 10, 2023, in the Cafeteria.
  • LMC’s hybrid Orientation will be on August 10, 2023, from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm in the Student Union (2nd Floor Conference Room).

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