Contra Costa College stands with undocumented students and wants to assure the CCC community that campus will remain a safe place for all. Read more for information on DACA, including supports and resources available to students.

International Students

Greetings from California’s San Francisco Bay Area!

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.

We are pleased that you are interested in exploring what Contra Costa College (CCC) has to offer. CCC is fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and offers 120 different degree and certificate programs, as well as transfer pathways to 4-year universities.

At CCC, international students will find a challenging and rewarding educational experience. We are proud of our commitment to global education and the success of the thousands of international students who have benefited from their time with us.

We hope that you will take the time to learn more about our college through this website and have an opportunity to visit us 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 here in the near future!

English Proficiency Requirement

Student must have a certain level of English proficiency to be successful at CCC. This requirement may be demonstrated by submitting official scores from one of the following English proficiency tests.

Test Score
TOEFL Internet 40 or higher
TOEFL Paper 400 or higher
TOEFL Computer 120 or higher
IELTS 4.5 (a minimum acceptable band score of 4.0)
ELS ELS-109 or higher
International Education Center (IEC) Advanced B Certificate
Graduation from an English Medium Diploma Programme at an International Baccalaureate (IB) School Diploma
International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) Certificate & also pass five exams 4 of which must be: English, Science, Math, and Social Sciences.
General Certificate of Education (GCE) Completion of O-level & also pass five exams 4 of which must be: English, Science, Math, and Social Sciences.
Graduate from a U.S. high school Transcript
Completion of English composition with a passing grade from a U.S. college/university. Transcript

* Citizens of countries and territories where English is an official and/or major language may be exempt from this requirement. Contact us for more information at

Degrees and Certificates

We offer 120 different degree and certificate programs, as well as transfer pathways to 4-year universities such as University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) schools. Students can also transfer into private universities! You can learn more about these pathways from our Transfer Center.

Most CCC majors are open to any student. However, the Registered and Vocational Nursing programs require applications after completion of specific prerequisite courses.