How to Apply
Applying to IVC is a two-part process: an online application and submission of International Student Application documents. Be sure to check the Application Deadlines before applying.
Step 1: Online 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 All Required Application 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.
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 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)
- PEARSON: 41
- EIKEN: Grade 2A (Original test score reports are required for the EIKEN test)
- GTEC CBT: 900
- DUOLINGO: 80
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 Test: Students who place into ESL 370 or higher on the ESL Assessment Test have met our English proficiency requirement.
Graduation from US high school: Students who have completed at least 2 years at a US high school and received their US diploma will be waived from English proficiency testing. Such students must submit their official transcripts by Providing Transcripts to IVC.
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.
An official credential evaluation report must be sent electronically or DIRECTLY to IVC's Admissions & Records Office. Unofficial reports cannot be used to grant credit. Visit Providing Official Transcripts to IVC for more information.
Transcripts: Students should send official high school transcripts and/or university transcripts directly to the IVC Admissions and Records Office in order to receive any transfer credit or pre-requisite clearances. Visit Providing Official Transcripts to IVC for more information.
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.
F-1 visa students who are currently studying in the US must submit the following documents in addition to the items listed above:
Additional Application Information
Applicants must be 17 at the start of their first semester of attendance at
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:
Irvine Valley College cannot act in the place of the parent or guardian and cannot find a guardian for students.
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
Application Sent via
A - J
K - M
N - Z
Applications will be processed within three to five (3-5) business days of receipt.
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 "@ivc.edu" email to receive the I-20.
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.