International Students

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  • Classes Offered for Spring 2024

    Contra Costa College (CCC), Diablo Valley College (DVC) and Los Medanos College (LMC) are planning for a hybrid format for spring 2024. Courses will be predominantly only online but there will be a significant increase in the number of in-person courses (includes hybrid = combination of online & in-person instruction).  

  • What documents will I need to apply to LMC?

    You will need the following to complete the LMC International Student Application:
    1) You must complete the International CCCApply Application in order to obtain your personalized student identification number.
    2) Demonstration of English proficiency document
    3) Financial Verification document from banking institution equal to $24,400.00 US currency

    Sponsor Financial Verification Form

  • Do I need to register for a hybrid or in-person course to obtain my F1 Visa?

    Yes, according to U.S. immigration regulations, you must register for at least one course with an in-person component to obtain your F-1 visa. 

    Additionally, F-1 international students arriving in the U.S must be enrolled in at least one partially online or fully in-person course for their I-20 to be registered. I-20 registration is required to maintain F-1 immigration status in the U.S.

  • Are there special entry requirements into the United States?

    The information listed below is for U.S travel and entry purposes only.  

    Yes, please note that non-U.S. citizens who are nonimmigrants and arriving in the U.S. by air must present proof of being fully vaccinated from an official source to airlines before travel.  

    Vaccines approved by the FDA and those that have an Emergency Use Listing from the World Health Organization will be accepted. Official information can be found at the Department of Homeland Security . It is also recommended that you contact your nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy as well as the airline you will be flying. 

    Foreign national travelers entering the U.S. through a land border land or ferry terminal must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination. For more information about entering the U.S. by land or ferry, please visit this site 

    There are limited exceptions to the vaccination requirement. Those under 18 are exempt from vaccination requirements.  As well, and as determined by the CDC, there are exceptions for students traveling from countries with limited vaccine availability. Information can be found here. Students from these countries must “show an official U.S. Government letter (paper or digital) documenting approval of the exception." Students who receive exemptions will be required to get vaccinated in the U.S.  

  • What degrees do you have to offer at LMC?

    Los Medanos College offers a variety of certificate and degree programs that can lead to employment and/or transfer to four year universities. For a detailed list of programs of study visit the Degrees and Certificates page

  • What courses do I need to take for my major?

    Your major will determine what courses you will need to take. Review degree requirements in the catalog and with a counselor in the development of your educational plan to avoid taking unnecessary classes and delaying your graduation or transfer plans. Visit the online catalogschedule of classes

    • Asynchronous courses (no set class meetings) will have “ONLINE” included in the meeting days/times column, and no days or times will be listed. Also, the comments section will not include references to any required orientations or synchronous class sessions.  
    • Synchronous courses (online courses that have set class meetings on specific days using Zoom software and on California/Pacific Standard Time) will list the days and times of instruction OR there will be specific synchronous meeting sessions listed in the comments section.  
  • Do I need to take an English Proficiency Test to be admitted into LMC?
    Students must have a certain level of English proficiency to be successful at LMC. Prospective students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English Language Proficiency by one of the following for admission into Los Medanos College:
    Assessment SCORE
    TOEFL iBT- LMC Code is 4396


    TOEFL iTP 500
    IELTS 5.5 with minimum band scores of 4.5
    Cambridge English Advanced 160
    iTEP Academic 3.5
    Pearson Test of English Academic 45
    Global Test of English Communication
    Step Eiken 2A
    ELS Language Center Completion of Level 109 (EAP)
    UC Davis Intensive English Program Completion of level 600 with minimum grade of 3.0; grade of "B" or higher in writing
    Graduation from a US High School with grades of "C" or higher in academic English (not ESL)
    Graduation from school where English is the primary language of the institution along with a letter from the school on institutional letterhead stating that English is the medium of instruction.
    Post Secondary Education (College/University) Academic Records
    Transcript(s) from US Post-Secondary institutions showing one academic year of college level English with grade of "C" or higher.
    General Education 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.

    For applicants from IGCSE or O Level school curricula, will LMC accept results after July 15th?
    Yes. Students who submit required application with supporting financial verification documents by July 15th deadline can submit results by August 15th. In addition, we will also accept the online results. Once official results are released, student must submit the document to the International Student's Program.

    For applicants with IB Diploma Programme (DP) schools, who will not be 18 by the start of classes, will LMC accept a final transcript along with a letter from the school stating that the student has met the graduation requirements (given the DP exams have been cancelled)?   Yes.
  • Where Can I Take an English Assessment Online?
    The following tests can be taken from home in your country: 
  • How much does it cost to attend LMC as an International Student?
    International students must submit documentation indicating ability to cover all expenses for at least one year, which includes tuition, fees, related academic costs, books, living expenses, transportation and miscellaneous expenditures, for themselves and any dependents. 


    Tuition & Enrollment Fees
    *are subject to change annual increases
    2024-2025 non-resident tuition is $429.00/unit
    Mandatory Health Insurance*
    $704.60 August-January
    $986.44 January-August
    Transportation $1,238.00
    Housing/Food $10, 798.00
    Books & Supplies $1,850.00
    Student Fees $7.00
    Misc. Living Expenses $3030.00
    Total for 2024-2025 $28, 910.00

    Admissions & Records will communicate with you about this process. If you are transferring from a U.S. institution, please contact the international office at your college for guidance. 

  •  When is the application deadline?
    Term Application Available Application Deadline
    Fall September 15 July 1 - If outside of the United States
    August 5- If within the United States
    Spring February 15 December 1- if outside of the United States
    January 15- If  within the United States
  • Do I need to purchase health insurance from the college if I have my own health insurance?
    Yes. There is a MANDATORY HEALTH INSURANCE FEE associated with attending Los Medanos College. We know that the health care system in the United States may be very different from what you are used to; therefore, we are available to answer any questions that you may have. For more information on the plan or to schedule an appointment with an insurance representative, please call Ascension at 800-537-1777. The link provides additional information on your health insurance International Student Health PPO Plus    
  • How early can I enter into the United States?
    Students who have been issued an F-1 visa are eligible to enter the United States up to thirty (30) days before the “reporting date” on the I-20 form, but not earlier. While the issuance of an F-1 visa gives you permission to request entry to the U.S. during that thirty-day period, the visa itself does not guarantee entry to the United States.
  • How do I obtain my I-20?

    The SEVIS generated I-20 Form is the official document required to apply for a United States F-1 Student Visa. This document is processed and issued by LMC Admissions and Records in compliance with terms set forth by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Once issued a SEVIS I-20, it is your responsibility to contact an embassy in your home country in order to apply for F-1 visa status.

    • You must be fully admitted to the college as a full time student and have demonstrated having English proficiency.
    • You must submit a completed Financial Statement verifying sufficient funding for at least one year of expenses at LMC.
      • If you already hold a valid F1 Visa from another school and plan to transfer to LMC you must also complete and return the I-20 transfer release form along with a photocopy of your current I-20 form.
  • Do you offer on campus housing?

    LMC currently does not offer on campus housing to students. If you are in need of housing, we recommend that you contact our preferred partner Diablo Valley Homestay. You may begin the process of applying to live host family by completing the Diablo Valley Homestay Application.

  • Can I apply for financial aid?

    Need-based financial aid is not available for international students. We recommend that international students research scholarship opportunities that may be available to international students.

  • Have more questions?

    Please contact:

    Admissions (925) 473-7501 SS3 301
    Admissions Brentwood (925) 473-(6)9185 Brtwd
    Admissions (925) 473-7493 SS3 303