International Students

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  • 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 $23,000.00 US currency

    *Note you will also need a valid credit card to apply the $50.00 non-refundable processing fee.

  • 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?

    Yes, please note that CCC, DVC, and LMC require all students taking in-person classes to be vaccinated. The information listed below is for U.S travel and entry purposes only.  

    Effective November 8, 2021 travelers to the U.S. by air must show a negative result of a COVID-19 viral test taken within three (3) days of travel or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the U.S. In addition, non-U.S. citizen, non-immigrant travelers ages 18 and older and arriving in the U.S. by air must present proof of being fully vaccinated from an official source to airlines at least 14 days 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 U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) websites. It is also recommended that you contact your nearest U.S. Consulate or Embassy as well as the airline you will be flying. 

    Effective January 1 2022, 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. 

  • How do I show proof of my vaccination status?

    Select your vaccine from the drop-down menu and upload your proof of vaccination at this site: https://www.4cd.edu/covid19/vaccine-requirement.html. Accepted vaccine documentation is listed on the site. Students must use their InSite email address. Students will receive a notification within 3 days at their InSite email address. Students can confirm their InSite email address in the “Settings” tile in their InSite portal.

  • 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 catalog.

  • 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

    61

    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
    GTEC CBT
    Global Test of English Communication
    1100
    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. 

     

    Fees for 2022-2023 are:
    $8304....Tuition and Enrollment Fees (based on 12 units)
    $.1578..  Health Insurance*
    $7........    Student Activity Fee
    $513........Transportation (Tri-Delta Transit 31 Day Bus Pass)**
    $8500....Housing*** (9 month stay)
    $1800.....Estimate for Books & School Supplies
    $2298.....Estimate for Misc. Personal Expenses
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    $23,000.00

    * Mandatory Health Insurance Fees are subject to change
    * *Tri Delta Transit 31 Day Bus Pass ($57.00/month)
    ***Diablo Valley Homestay Option ($900/month + $400 placement fee)

    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 15- 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.

I have explored your entire site, and still do not have the answers for my questions. What should I do?

Please contact Teresea Archaga, Director of International Students Program tarchaga@losmedanos.edu 

(925) 473-7552 if you have additional questions not addressed on the site.