International Students Office (ISO)

Address: Contra Costa College
International Student’s Office
2600 Mission Bell Drive
San Pablo, CA 94806-3195

Phone Numbers
510-215-3922, 510-215-3954
Fax: 510-412-0769

Internation Student Admission Deadlines

Fall Semester   July 1
(Aug. to Dec.)

Spring Semester   December 1
(Jan. to May)

International Students

Greetings from the San Francisco Bay Area in California! 

We welcome you and hope you will take the time to get to know more about our great state and beautiful location as you consider opportunities to further your education.

Our school, Contra Costa College, offers international students a unique and challenging educational experience. We are proud of our commitment to global education and the success of the thousands of international students who have benefited from the excellence of our degree, certificate and transfer-to-university courses and programs.

We hope that you will take the time to become better acquainted with our college through our website and have an opportunity to visit our institution in person as you make the important decision of where you will begin your higher education career. Our best wishes to you.  We look forward to seeing you at our college in the near future.

Tuition and Enrollment Fees

Tuition and enrollment fees will be collected in full at the time of registration.  International student tuition for the academic year is $269 per unit (subject to change).  As indicated on the explanation of costs on the Financial Certification form, students must verify that they have available approximately $23,000 per academic year.  The bank statement must show an actual amount.


To qualify for admission, students must have graduated from high school (or have attained a high school graduation equivalency) or be at least 18 years of age by the beginning of the entering semester.

Official transcripts from your high school and any colleges you have attended MUST be submitted with certified English translation.


The college does not have dormitory facilities and most students arrange their own housing.  While CCC cannot guarantee student accommodations, new students will receive housing assistance when necessary. In addition, guaranteed Homestays are available for a placement fee of $400. To get information on housing assistance, contact Fia Parker, Housing Coordinator at Diablo Valley Homestay (925) 876-0080. More information visit

Contra Costa College (CCC) in San Pablo, California is part of the Contra Costa Community College District (CCCCD) which is comprised of three, 2-year public community colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The sister colleges are Los Medanos College in the city of Pittsburg and Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill.  Contra Costa College offers a comprehensive transfer program for students who wish to pursue baccalaureate degrees, Associate degrees and Certificates of Achievement in courses for continuing professional education and technical education programs for job skills training.

English Language Fluency

While it is recommended that students applying to the college have English proficiency that is at least equivalent to a paper-based TOEFL score of 450, international students can be accepted without any TOEFL requirements:

⇒Applicants with TOEFL scores under 500 on the paper-based test (173 on the computerized TOEFL, 61 on the Internet-based TOFEL), without TOEFL or IELTS scores under 5.0 must take the English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment test and be advised.

⇒These students will study in the credit ESL program until they finish Level Four.

⇒ Students placed in higher levels of the ESL program may take academic transfer classes with advisor approval.

⇒Students with a TOEFL score of 500 or higher will follow the normal assessment, orientation and placement procedure and will be counseled into appropriate classes.


Upon acceptance, you will be provided information to begin your studies. This information will include dates and times for the new student orientation, counseling and course registration, all of which take place before the beginning of your first semester of study. The orientations and counseling sessions are mandatory.


The admission packets will be issued by July for the fall semester and by December for spring semester applicants. The acceptance letter and admission packet will not be issued until the Application for Admission is completed. Please complete the Application Checklist (page 3 or 4 of International Student Admissions Application), indicating all completed documents have been sent and the date when incomplete or missing information will be provided.