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Admission Deadlines

  Diablo Valley College Contra Costa College
Los Medanos College
Fall Semester June 1 July 1 (outside the U.S.)
August 15 (inside the U.S.)
Spring Semester December 1 December 1 (outside the U.S.)
January 15 (inside 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. High school graduation (if under 18)
3. English language proficiency (one of the following on listed below)
4. Financial support evidence


High School Graduation


The IGCSE and O Level qualifications described below meet both the high school graduation equivalency and English language proficiency requirements for international student admission to Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, and Los Medanos College. Applicants must submit final IGCSE or O Level results showing five subjects passed with grades of C or higher. One of the subjects must be English – First Language, English as a Second Language or English Language. Scanned copies of the final IGCSE and O Level results are accepted. Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, and Los Medanos College will not admit students based on preliminary results or students who take IGCSE and O Level exams as independent or private candidates.

General Educational Development Test (GED)

Applicants who pass a U.S. equivalent GED meet the high school graduation equivalency requirement for international student admission to Contra Costa College, Diablo Valley College, and Los Medanos College.


Evidence of English Language Proficiency

 English Proficiency Tests Requirement
Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet-based)
  • CCC Institutional Code: 4943
  • DVC Institutional Code: 4295
  • LMC Institutional Code: 4396
IELTS Academic
International English Language Testing System (see ELP doc)
Minimum band scores of 4.5 
Duolingo English Test
Only accepted for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 intakes
Cambridge English: Advanced 
iTEP Academic
International Test of English Proficiency
PTE Academic
Pearson Test of English Academic 
Global Test of English Communication
Institutional TOEFL Only accepted for study abroad students from partner institutions

*Only results within the past two years are accepted; **Scanned copies of official score reports are accepted; Online results verification (TOEFL, IELTS, CAE) 

Partner Intensive English Programs

Conditional letters of admission will be issued for applicants in the following programs:

International Education Center (IEC@ DVC) Completion of Advanced B Level Certificate
ELS Language Centers Completion of Level 109 (EAP)
UC Davis Intensive English Program Continuing and Professional Education Completion of Level 600 minimum 3.0 GPA; grade of B or higher in writing


High School/Secondary Academic Records

Applicants must provide one of the following:

  • Graduation from a U.S. high school with grades of C or higher in academic English (not ESL).
  • Final IGCSE or O level results with a grade of C or higher in one of the following: English Language, English – First Language, English as a Second Language.
  • Graduation from an English medium International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme.
  • Graduation from a school where English is the primary language of instruction along with a letter from the School on institution letterhead stating that English is the medium of instruction.

Post-Secondary Academic Records

Transcripts from U.S. post-secondary institutions showing one academic year of college-level English with grades of C or higher.


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