​​​​​​​​​​​​​International Students Program Admission


This video will walk you through the international student ​​application process

What you need to get started

Required documents should be submitted to the International Student Program office a minimum of eight (8) weeks prior to the beginning of the quarter of planned attendance. 

This time allows us to process the I-20 form and gives you sufficient time for your visa application, travel plans, and arrival in the United States. All documents must be in English.

Helpful Checklist to get you started

The International Student Application Checklist shows exactly what you need to apply.


Required Documents to fill out and return

Fill out this online International Student Application and Financial Responsibility below, or pdf version.

Online Application & Financial Certificate

Return your application one of these three ways

Return Application By E-mail:


Return Application by Fax:

(509) 574-4747

Return Application by Mail:

YVC-International Student Program (ISP)

1113 South 14th Avenue

Yakima, Washington 98902

View Admission Requirements Below

Evidence of English competency which will allow successful completion of course of study.  Please submit at least one of the following (minimum scores or better):

    1. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). A minimum composite score of 57 (internet based), 163 (computer based), or 487 (paper based) is required. or,

    2. IELTS (International English Language Test). A minimum score of 5.0 or better is required. or,

    3. TOEIC (Test of English for International Communications). A minimum score of 850 or better is required. or,

    4. EIKEN/STEP (Society for Testing English Proficiency). A minimum score of Pre-1 or better is required. or,

    5. Official verification of successful completion of another nationally-recognized test of English competency, or                         

    6. Proof of successful completion of an advanced level of English at an approved English language center in the United States with a grade point average of 2.0 or above, or                          

    7. Successful completion of Central Washington University's English as a Second Language Program (UESL) program.  A TOEFL or other test would not be required, or                          

    8. Three (3) credits of college level English composition from an accredited U.S. college or university with a grade of C (2.0) or better, or           

    9. Proof of English competency may be determined for native English speakers who completed education (primary and/or secondary) in Australia, Canada (English speaking provinces), Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, or the Unites States.  Applicants who meet this native proficiency requirement must provide academic credentials, including school names and dates attended, from primary and/or secondary schools.  Native English speakers from other countries (not listed) where English is the official language for their education for primary and/or secondary schools may be considered with proof of English competency documentation such as academic credentials, or                  

    10. Proof of successful completion of at least 3 years of high school English in the United States.                         

TOEFL, IDLTS, TOEIC, and STEP tests must have been taken within two years immediately preceding the requested quarter of admission. Prospective students applying from abroad must submit official test score reports to the college.                         

Please note that all new students are required to complete YVC's placement process for English and math after arriving and before they enroll in their first quarter at Yakima Valley College. (See Once You're Accepted)                         

Online International Student Application & Financial Certificate of Responsibility (pdf version)                          


A nonrefundable check or international money order for the International Student Application Fee payable to Yakima Valley College in U.S. dollars (USD).  Or, an online payment can be made.  For details on how to submit this application fee see submitting documents and application fee below.                             


Washington state law requires full-time students to show proof of immunization against measles, mumps and rubella. Submit this form with a doctor's signature, including office address and telephone number.                             


Official copies of transcripts from high schools, national exams, intensive English-language programs, and all colleges or universities attended (translated into English). These must be sent directly to YVC from the issuing institution or testing center.                          

Students who wish to transfer credit from international institutions must have their international transcripts evaluated (course-by-course) through FIS or WES.                        


Financial Statement (pdf version)
The Financial Statement for F-1 International Students form must be completed by you, a bank official, and/or your sponsor and submitted with proof of financial ability. You must show assured support for the first year and projected support for the total years needed to complete your degree. Documents should not be more than three months old. Do not send copies or faxes of the Financial Statement.

Students are required to purchase or show proof of insurance for a minimum of nine months (one academic year). Once accepted to Yakima Valley College, students cannot register for classes until they have purchased or provided proof of medical insurance coverage. Please contact the International Student Program for more details.                               


Official documents:                           

International Student Program                           

1113 South 14th Avenue                           

Yakima WA, 98902                           

Also, you can e-mail scanned documents to isp@yvcc.edu.                           


Application Fee:                           

Check or money orders for the application can be sent to:                           

Yakima Valley College (Attention: Cashier's Office)                           

P.O. Box 22520                           

Yakima, WA 98907                           

Include a note with the following information: First & Last Name and a note that it is for the "International Student" application fee.                           


Online credit card payments for international student applications can be made.  Follow these steps:  

1.  Click here to submit your First Name, Last Name, and e-mail address.  

2.  Wait 3-5 days, or sooner,​ for a temporary account to be created.  

3.  Once the temporary account is created you will receive instructions from the International Student Program office with details on how to pay using your credit card.  For additional questions please contact isp@yvcc.edu.    


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