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.

Important Deadlines:

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

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

  1. Complete the International Student Application
  2. 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.
  3. 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 65 (on the internet-based test-IBT) is required for admission to Paradise Valley Community College, unless English is the primary language. The TOEFL must have been taken within two years of the date for which admission is being sought. We also accept the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall Band Score of 5.5 or better or a minimum IELTS individual Band Score of 5.0 in each module. 
  4. Enclose a Financial Certification statement showing that you have a minimum of $20,350 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 Principle Designated School Official (PDSO) 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 $3,912 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.