Irvine Valley College

Irvine Valley College (IVC) ranks #1 for university transfer within the state of California! Located in one of the safest cities in America, Irvine Valley College is a fully accredited, public, two-year community college within California. IVC offers over 70 Associate degree majors and 60 certificate programs in a variety of subjects in the arts and sciences. Irvine Valley College welcomes approximately 15,000 students including 760 international students annually.

Student Demographics

15,000 students

760 international students from 50 different countries

51% female; 45% male

Students from China, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Vietnam, Brazil, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Colombia and more!

ESL program and/or support services

International students at Irvine Valley College enjoy personalized attention and support. The college offers many student services including a comprehensive library, computer center, tutoring center, health center, performing arts center, dining hall and housing assistance. IVC has a dedicated International Student Center that offers specialized international student advising and academic counseling services for our international students. Our staff is dedicated to assisting international students throughout their studies at IVC.

Student Housing options

Housing options are abundant in our community and students easily find local off-campus apartments or host family accommodations. Please visit housing website  for information about local housing options.

Admission requirements for first year and transfer students

Admission is easy! In order to apply, students need to complete the International Student Application, submit financial documentation, proof of high school graduation and English proficiency results which include 52 iBT TOEFL, 4.5 IELTS, 4.5 iTEP and Step 2A EIKEN. IVC also offers admission to international students who have completed specific levels of study at our partner intensive ESL schools. Please visit our admissions center  for more information about specific application requirements and deadlines.

International Student visas issued


Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Tuition at community college is half the cost of university! Our tuition rates are quite competitive. Please visit cost estimate for current fees.

Scholarship opportunities

Irvine Valley College does have scholarships available for all students. Requirements for scholarships vary but all eligible students are encouraged to apply. Students are notified annually about the application process and deadlines for available scholarships.

Student activities and campus life

Student life at IVC is very dynamic with over 20 social clubs available for students to join. There are active chapters of academic honors organizations for community college students including Phi Theta Kappa and Psi Beta. In addition, there are dance and theater programs, art exhibits and special events that happen year round on the IVC campus. IVC also has a very active athletic program with state and national championship titles in both men and women’s sports.