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International Programs

International students and their voices are a core part of the unique and diverse community at Imperial Valley College. Our Office of Binational and International Programs plays a key role in ensuring all feel welcome here, and if you have any questions at all about the international admissions process, our team is here to walk you through each and every step.

Learn about programs for binational (US/Mexico) and international students at Imperial Valley College.

What’s the International Admissions Process

An International Student is someone applying to Imperial Valley College either with an F-1 visa or with the intent to obtain an F-1 visa, issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) department of the United States government.

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Gather Your Documents

Applying for college does require certain things you’ll need. Review the “What You Will Need” section below very closely to ensure you don’t miss anything.

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Apply for School

Once you’re ready to apply and have everything you need, you can get going! Please review the application deadlines.

Apply!

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Get Started!

​​You will find whether or not you’ve been accepted approximately 30 days after the application deadline. Before enrolling in a class, international students have several requirements, including attending a pre-semester orientation. 

International Student Application

 

Prospecitve International student interest form link here

 

What You Will Need to Apply as an International Student

Here’s what you’ll need for international admissions at Imperial Valley College. If you are looking for some more detail or information, we encourage you to contact our staff. We will be happy to help you through the process!

  • Online F-1 International Student Application: Submit all your documents via our online application.
  • Proof of English Proficiency: Applicants must verify English Proficiency through one of the following:
    • TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language - Minimum score of 56 iBT (internet-based test). ETS must send the score directly to Imperial Valley College. Our ETS code is 4726 
    • IELTS: International English Language Testing System - Minimum score of 5.5 IELTS Academic. IELTS must send the scores directly to Imperial Valley College.
    • Duolingo English Test - Minimum score of 85 Duolingo English Test. Select Imperial Valley College (California) to send the test score directly to us.
    • Official transcripts or diplomas from a U.S. High School with the date of graduation posted.
    • Official transcripts from a U.S. college or university showing completion of a college-level English composition course.
    • Completion of Level 108 or higher at Q International School.
  • High School Transcripts:
    • Submit your official High School diploma or certificate directly to Imperial Valley College. If the documentation is not in English, you must also submit a certified English translation.
  • Evidence of Financial Support: You must provide evidence of sufficient financial support to pay for your tuition, books, supplies, and living expenses for two semesters. The total estimated cost is $24,723 U.S. Dollars.
  • For Transfer Students: To verify your present status, you must send a copy of your I-20, a copy of your F-1 visa, a copy of your most recent I-94, and a Transfer Verification Form.

 

Semester and Application Deadlines


New International Applicants (Students applying for a new International Student Visa)

Semester Application Deadline Semester Starts Semesters Ends
Fall  June 1st August December
Spring December 1st February June

 

Application Deadlines:

All application materials must be on file by the following dates.

New Students:

Spring: December 1st

 

Transfer Students:

Spring: December 1st

NOTE:

International Students are ineligible to begin their studies at Imperial Valley College in the Summer term or Winter intersession.

 

*If the deadline has passed for the semester you are interested in, please email AdmissionsRecordsStaff@imperial.edu

 

 

Required Documents

F-1 International Students

Document
Description

Application Checklist

List of documents required to apply as an F-1 International Students who will reside in the U.S. for the duration of the program of study at IVC. 

Affidavit
of Support
Students must submit the Affidavit of Support form with a signature from your sponsor. This form serves as proof that the person who signs it is willing and able to financially support you as an International Student for the entirety of your studies at IVC. 
  • Affidavit of Support
  • Comprobante de Soporte Financiero

 

 

F-1 Transfer Students

Document
Description

Application Checklist 

 

For students who are currently studying in the U.S. at a language school, college or university who want to transfer to IVC. 

Affidavit of Support

F-1 Transfer Students must submit the Affidavit of Support form with a signature from your sponsor. This form serves as proof that the person who signs it is willing and able to financially support you as an International Student for the entirety of your studies at IVC.

  • Affidavit of Support
  • Comprobante de Soporte Financiero

 

 

F-1 Border Commuter/Fronterizo Students


Students who are citizens of Mexico may apply for this I-20 category which allows them to attend a college or university in the U.S. that is within 75 miles of the U.S./Mexico border. F-1 Border Commuters/Fronterizo students may attend Imperial Valley College as full-time or part-time students. Students must abide by the following rules:

  • Full-time students must enroll in at least 12 units per semester.
  • Part-time students must enroll in at least 6 units per semester.
  • Students are not allowed to live in the U.S. They can cross the border only on the days they have classes.
  • Students are not allow to have an F-2 dependent I-20.
  • Students are not allowed to work on campus at Imperial Valley College.
  • Students are not allowed to work off campus.
  • Students will receive a new I-20 each semester.

For more information on the F-1 Border Commuter Status, you may visit the U.S. Exchange and Visitor Program


Los estudiantes que son ciudadanos de México pueden solicitar esta categoría I-20 que les permite asistir a una universidad en los Estados Unidos que se encuentre dentro de 75 millas (120 kilómetros) de la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México. Los estudiantes F-1 Border Commuters/Fronterizos pueden asistir a Imperial Valley College como estudiantes de tiempo completo o medio tiempo. Las siguientes reglas se aplicarán:

  • Los estudiantes de tiempo completo deben inscribirse en al menos 12 unidades por semestre.
  • Los estudiantes de medio tiempo deben inscribirse en al menos 6 unidades por semestre.
  • Los estudiantes no tienen permitido vivir en los Estados Unidos. Solo pueden cruzar la frontera los días que tienen clases.
  • A los estudiantes no se les permite tener un I-20 para dependientes F-2.
  • A los estudiantes no se les permite trabajar en el campus de Imperial Valley College.
  • A los estudiantes no se les permite trabajar fuera del campus.
  • Los estudiantes recibirán un nuevo I-20 cada semestre.

Para obtener más información sobre el estatus de F-1 Border Commuter, puedes visitar el sitio web del U.S. Exchange and Visitor Program

Document
Description

Application Checklist


Mexican nationals who are border commuters. For students who live close to the U.S./Mexico border and will attend IVC while residing in Mexico.

Requisitos de Registro

Para estudiantes que son ciudadanos mexicanos y cruzaran la frontera desde México a los Estados Unidos para asistir a clases, mientras mantienen residencia permanente en México.

Affidavit of Support

Students must submit the Affidavit of Support form with a signature from your sponsor. This form serves as proof that the person who signs it is willing and able to financially support you as an International Student for the entirety of your studies at Imperial Valley College.

  • Affidavit of Support

Comprobante de Soporte Financiero

Los estudiantes deben presentar el formulario de Comprobante de Soporte Financiero con la firma de su patrocinador. Este documento sirve como prueba de que el patrocinador está dispuesto y tiene la capacidad financiera de cubrir los gastos del estudiante internacional durante todo el tiempo de estudios en IVC.

  • Comprobante de Soporte Financiero

 

 

Ready to Apply?


F-1 International Student Application

Students who will reside in the U.S. must submit the F-1 International Student Application.

F-1 Border Commuter Application

Students who are Mexican nationals, and will commute from Mexico to the U.S. for classes, must submit the F-1 Border Commuter International Student Application.

Admission Process and Required Documents: Please review the information below to understand the admission process to Imperial Valley College as a full-time international student. Imperial Valley College is required by U.S. government regulations to collect and review the materials listed below in order to issue the immigration documents necessary to obtain a student visa.

Complete the Prospective International Student Interest Form to learn more about IVC International programs.


Prospecitve International student interest form link here

 

Application Deadline


 

F-1 International Students

F-1 Transfer Students

F-1 Border Commuter Students

Fall June 1st June 1st June 1st
Spring December 1st December 1st December 1st

 

 

International Student Application Packet


Applying to IVC's International Student Program can be completed online. Students submit application documents in one email with attachments directly to AdmissionsRecordsStaff@imperial.edu. Please follow this step-by-step guide to complete your enrollment.

 

 

Get Started: Gather & Submit Documents


Gather the required documents in the Application Packet depending on the type of application.

All application forms are fillable PDF forms. You will need a PDF reader to complete the forms; you may download a free PDF reader from get.adobe.com/reader.

Please have the documents below ready to go:

  • Passport
  • HS Transcript
  • Personal Essay
  • English Scores
  • Bank Statement

Apply as a NEW International Student

  • Complete ISS Application Packet: Form A-103 Check List
  • If student is under the age of 18: Assigned Guardian Statement Form & Minor Authorization Consent

Apply as a Transfer Student

  • Complete ISSApplication Packet: Form A-103 Check List
  • Copy of current I-20 · I-94 Form: I94 - Official Website (dhs.gov)
  • Transfer Clearance Form (only submit this form if you attended or are currently attending a College/university in the United States).

 

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