Orange County, California

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Prospective Students

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A successful path to an academic career. IEC@OCC is located on the Orange Coast College campus. All IEC@OCC students are a member of this campus and the Global Engagement Center (GEC), which includes study abroad services, the International Student Services office, and the Multicultural Center.

After successfully completing courses at IEC, students continue to take classes at Orange Coast College. From OCC, students have the option to seamlessly transfer to a U.S. college or university to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Student services and support. IEC@OCC students have access to:

  • Intensive English instruction by professional and qualified instructors
  • TOEFL waiver for students who would like to continue taking classes at Orange Coast College (OCC)
  • Social activities and events, which introduce students to some of the many highlights of living in Orange County, Southern California 


IEC@OCC offers one Intensive English program. Learn more about IEC@OCC’s Intensive English program and start dates.

Brochures and Flyers

Academic Calendar

Applications and Deadlines

You can apply to IEC@OCC’s programs online or by downloading, printing, and submitting a PDF:

Visit the Admissions page for more information.  

Language Requirements

Before beginning classes with IEC@OCC, all students attend an orientation. During orientation, students take a language assessment to be placed at the correct level.

IEC@OCC does not offer courses for true beginners of English language learning. Prospective IEC students should have basic spelling skills, be able to write sentences, and be able to read and understand simple paragraphs. While students without these skills can still attend IEC, they should be prepared to hire a personal tutor and repeat the foundation-level class until these skills are mastered. 

Visa Information

When all admission requirements are completed, students will be mailed an Acceptance Package including Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility) and an Acceptance Letter. These documents are used to apply for an F-1 student visa from a US Consulate (or, in the case of Taiwan, at AIT).

Useful links for F-1 visas:

Transfer Students

IEC@OCC accepts transfers from students who are living and studying in the United States. If you are already attending school in the U.S., you must complete the Transfer Eligibility Form. For more information, contact IEC@OCC


Most IEC@OCC students choose to live with a homestay family or in a furnished apartment. Homestay placements are provided by several trusted homestay companies: Worldwide International Student Exchange (WISE), StudentLink International, Universal Student Housing Homestay, and Student International Housing. Many students also find housing through JumpOffCampus. Learn more about IEC@OCC’s Homestay Options

Medical insurance

All F-1 visa international students must purchase medical insurance from OCC each session. Medical insurance ($250 per 8-week session) is added to the cost of tuition and must be paid within the first week of the session. IEC@OCC students have access to OCC’s Student Health Center. The Student Health Center, which is located on campus, provides quality care for students (and referrals for more serious medical procedures, when needed). For more information, visit the IEC@OCC Medical Insurance page.