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Applicants from Abroad

Application Process:

The entire application information booklet can be downloaded from the blue box below.  Following is a list of all the documents (and detailed explanations) that are required for international student admission to Orange Coast College.  We do accept scanned documents with the exception of U.S. Transcripts (which must be mailed) and certain payment types (see below).  In order for us to review your application for admission, all documents must be submitted prior to the application deadline: 
 If available, please also submit a copy of your passport biographical page

If you need further explanation on specific documents that are required for admission, please read through the information below:

International Student Application Form 
Please print out and complete theApplication Form.pdf. Please do NOT submit the regular on-line OCC application. Please make sure your application is completely filled out and signed.  You can type in the International Student application electronically, print it, and mail or scan it to us it with the other required documents to:
Orange Coast College
Attn: International Center
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92628-5005
Our Email Address Is:
Application Fee 
Please submit a non-refundable application processing fee of $55.00 .00.  We accept cash, check, money order or credit card (Visa or MasterCard). If you write a personal check, it should be made payable to Orange Coast College. All checks should be in US currency and encoded on a U.S. bank.  If paying by credit card, please complete the Payment Authorization.pdfPayment Authorization.pdf.  If paying by credit card, please mail the attached form along with your application or fax it to (714) 432-5191.  For security reasons, we cannot accept credit card information by email/scan.   
Written Statement
Please submit a typed written statement (1-2 pages) entitled, “Why I want to attend Orange Coast College”.  Discuss the reasons for your interest in attending OCC, and include your educational and personal goals.
2” x 2” passport-sized photograph of yourself.
Bank statement/verification form
Please submit an official bank statement or verification letter written by a bank official.  All documents must be in English and show available funds of at least $19,620.00 USD or equivalent.  Please also note that the bank statement or letter cannot be older than 5 months from the date your application becomes complete.
Sponsorship form
The sponsorship form has two sections and must be completed and signed by you and by your financial sponsor (self, parent, relative, or friend).  If your sponsor lives outside the U.S. please use  OCC's Sponsorship Form.pdfSponsorship Form.pdf.  If you are sponsored by an embassy or Government, please submit an official letter verifying your sponsorship.
Official academic records
Please submit official high school transcripts demonstrating satisfactory completion.  Proof of graduation is required.  Transcripts must be original, and if not already in English, must be translated by an official translation company.  If you have attended any colleges or universities, please also submit an original official transcript for all coursework completed.
English requirement
There are many ways to fulfill our English Requirement.  Please submit proof of completion of one of the following options:
A TOEFL test result that is less than 2 years old (Minimum score: 500 on the paper-based test or 61 on the internet- based test).  Our TOEFL Institution Code is 4584.  Please include this information when you take the test or contact TOEFL to send us the test result.


Test score report showing level 5 from the iTEP exam.  

Test score report showing level 5.5 on the IELTS exam.  

Test score report showing Pre-First Level on the STEP-EIKEN exam.  
Proof of completion of an acceptable level ESL class at an intensive English Language School in the U.S. with which OCC has an agreement.  Language School Agreement List.pdf​.

Application Processing

OCC will review your application for admission to OCC as soon as we receive all of the above-mentioned documents.  We will notify you of the decision by email in a few days to one week, depending on volume of applications received.  We will issue your acceptance letter and I-20 as soon as you are admitted to OCC as an initial international student.  I  We regret that we cannot accept credit card information by email/scan for security reasons. 


Pre-Departure Information 

Please carefully read all the information in your acceptance letter and Acceptance Checklist!  This will include important instructions for; How to receive​ your I-20, What is required to apply for an F-1 Visa, Details on how to enroll for classes, and much more. 
You should follow the steps on the Post-Admission Checklist for Initial Students that was sent to you with your acceptance email.  You should enroll for classes immediately for best class selection, you will not need to pay the registration fees until you arrive in the U.S. and report to OCC.
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Please do not purchase a plane ticket or make travel arrangements until your visa is approved!

 *Please note that you will need Acrobat Reader 3.0 or higher to download PDF versions of our application packet. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, please go to to download a free version of this program. Please send in the Printable International Student Application to OCC rather than the one in the booklet.