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International Students Office

Frequently Asked Questions

International Students
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Student Services Center (SSC) 1st Floor intlstud@lavc.edu 818-778-5517
Mon - Thu: 8am - 7pm
Friday: 8am - 1pm

Please select from the following questions to find the answers to your questions:

What is an international (F-1) student?
What can international students study?
How can I get an application?
How do international students apply to Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC)?
What kind of testing is necessary for the application process?
How much does it cost to attend LAVC?
Does LAVC offer an Intensive English Program?
Can international students apply for federal or state financial aid?
Does LAVC provide housing for students?
How many units are international students required to take per semester?
Can international students work to pay for tuition, fees and living expenses?
Can international students come to LAVC to learn English?
Does LAVC have application deadlines?
Can B-1/ B-2 (Tourist Visa) holder apply to LAVC as international students?
Do international students have to enroll every semester?
Do students receive their I-20s before attending LAVC or after they are admitted?

 

What is an international (F-1) student?

 

An international student is a citizen of a foreign country who has permission from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service to study at educational institution in the United States.

 

What can international students study?

 

International students can choose any occupational, associate degree or transfer program offered by Los Angeles Valley College.


How can I get an application?

You can also request an application via mail or email. Please include your name, address and email address. Send inquiries to:

Office of Admissions and Records
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401

Or to:

intlstud@lavc.edu


How do international students apply to Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC)?

International students are required to provide a variety of information on their educational and financial qualifications including:

  • International Student Information Sheet
  • International Admissions Application
  • $ 35 money order for the application-processing fee
  • Confidential Financial Statement
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • Academic Records
  • Copies of the passport, visa and I-94
  • 3 passport photos

Students currently attending another college or university in the United States must also submit:

  • A copy of the I-20 issued by their current institution
  • A Transfer Form filled out by the International Student Advisor at their current institution
  • Official Transcripts from their current institution

Once they have compiled this information they can mail it to:

Office of Admissions and Records – International Admissions
Los Angeles Valley College
5800 Fulton Avenue
Valley Glen, CA 91401-4069


What kind of testing is necessary for the application process?

Students whose primary language is not English are required to take the Test of English As A Foreign Language (TOEFL). International students who take the TOEFL must have a minimum of a 45 on the Internet-based test, 133 on the computerized-test, or 450 on the paper-based test.


How much does it cost to attend LAVC?

In order to be admitted, students must show the following available funds [PDF: 121KB].

 

Does LAVC offer an Intensive English Program?

 

No. Los Angeles Valley College does not offer an Intensive English Program and students cannot be admitted to the college solely for the purpose of English language training.

 

Can international students apply for federal or state financial aid?

 

No. International Students are required to document that they have the available funds to support themselves in the United States.


Does LAVC provide housing for students?

No. Students are required to secure their own off-campus housing.

 

How many units are international students required to take per semester?

 

International students are required to enroll in and complete 12 units per semester in order to maintain their F-1 student status.

 

Can international students work to pay for tuition, fees and living expenses?

 

No.  International students are prohibited from working. That is the reason international students are required to document their financial status before being admitted.

 

Can international students come to LAVC to learn English?

 

No. LAVC does not offer English training. International students applying to LAVC are required to be English proficient. English proficiency is defined as 500 paper base TOEFL or 175 on the computerized TOEFL.  Students from English speaking countries are not required to take the TOEFL, however, they are required to show transcripts with grades in English.


Does LAVC have application deadlines?

Yes, the application deadlines are:

Out-Of-Country Applicants
Spring:  November 1
Fall: June 1

Change-of-Status Applicants
Spring:  November 1
Fall: June 1

In-Country Transfer Applicants
Spring: November 30
Fall: June 30


Can B-1/ B-2 (Tourist Visa) holder apply to LAVC as international students?

Yes. B-1/B-2 holders can be issued an I-20; however, they need to go through the change of status process and be approved by the USCIS before they can attend.  People holding other type of visa J-1/H-1 must also go through the change of status process to become International Students.


Do international students have to enroll every semester?

Yes. International Students are required to enrolled in 12 units every semester in order to maintain status.


Do students receive their I-20s before attending LAVC or after they are admitted?

Yes. The I-20 is a Certificate of Eligibility that enables students to go to a consulate or embassy in their home country and apply for an F-1 visa or to apply for Change-of-Status in the United States.