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International Student Admission Process

Thank you for your interest in Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC). PVCC is one of the ten Maricopa Community Colleges in the Phoenix, Arizona area and offers freshman and sophomore level college classes. Students wishing to attend PVCC on a F-1 (student ) visa must apply for an I-20.

To be guaranteed consideration for admission, all application materials must be received by July 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester.

The application process for the I-20 includes the following steps:

  1. Complete the International Student Information Form
  2. Have your most recent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report mailed directly to Paradise Valley Community College (2179). A TOEFL score of 500 (on the traditional TOEFL) or 173 (on the computer based test) or 61 (on the internet-based test-IBT) is required for admission to Paradise Valley Community College, unless Engish is the primary language. The TOEFL must have been taken within two years of the date for which admission is being sought.
  3. Submit an official high school transcript in English. Graduation from a secondary school equivalent to an American high school is required. Official records and transcripts, translated into English must accompany your application. Contact the A&R office for information on foreign transcript evaluation.
  4. Enclose a Financial Certification statement showing that you have a minimum of $20,410 per year. A bank statement, on the financial institution’s letterhead, is also required and it must be translated into English. All reported moneys must be verified in US dollars.

The Vice President of Student Services will evaluate your I-20 application. If your application is approved, an I-20 will be mailed to you by Paradise Valley Community College. It is your responsibility to take the completed I-20 to the American Consulate in your country.

Students attending Paradise Valley Community College on a F-1 visa must enroll in and complete a minimum of 12 credit hours every Fall and Spring semester. You will be classified as a nonresident and must be prepared to pay at least $3,804 in nonresident tuition, a $15 registration fee, and associated course fees each semester.

You must also pay for mandatory health insurance provided by Paradise Valley Community College. The Maricopa Community Colleges’ Governing Board reserves the right to change tuition and fee charges and may occur without notice.

For more information on international student admissions contact Admissions and Records at 602-787-7020.

Our Mission

The mission of Paradise Valley Community College is to provide life-long learning opportunities through effective and accessible instructional programs and student services. These programs and services are continuously evaluated and improved to meet the needs of students, businesses and the community.

Paradise Valley Community College will be an innovative teaching and learning institution that anticipates and responds to community needs and prepares its students to contribute to, participate and succeed in a diverse global society.

Contact Us

Kranitz Student Center
Welcome Center
(602) 787-7020
(602) 787-7025 fax

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to close for assistance. 

Regular Office Hours:
Mon-Thurs 8:00am-5:30pm
Friday 8:00am to 3:00pm

Summer Office Hours:
May 18, 2015 - August 3, 2015
Mon-Thurs 8:00am-6:00pm
Friday Closed 

Office Hour Closures 
February 16, 2015
March 19 & 20, 2015
May 25, 2015
July 2, 2015

**Hours of operation may change for holidays & during the summer**

Phone Registration Hours:
Mon-Thurs 8:30-1:30pm and 3:00-5:00pm
Friday 8:30-1:30pm


Supervisor Stella Napoles

Interm A & R Tech II Teri Usky

A & R Assistant Pamela Cosay

Student Services Representative

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