Orange Coast College is partnering with the International Education Center intensive English program to create IEC@OCC.  You can come to OCC and learn English before starting college! Click the logo below full details and information:

International Education Center at OCC logo


  • IEC’s Intensive English Program is organized into six levels: students are placed in a level after orientation and complete one level every two months.
  • All IEC teachers are fully qualified and experienced language teachers who are dedicated to helping their students learn English.
  • Classes are held year-round.
  • Please note: Unfortunately IEC 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.


Students who do not have proof of English proficiency may receive conditional admission to OCC degree or certificate programs.  GEC admissions will review both the IEC@OCC Application and the OCC International Student Application.  If the applicant is a high school graduate or 18 years of age and meets the academic requirements for admission to OCC degree or certificate programs, a "Letter of Conditional Admission" will be issued.   

The student will be fully admitted to the OCC degree or certificate program once the English language proficiency requirement has been met.  This condition may be met by completing Advanced B, the highest level of English at IEC.  In this case, the Advanced B level will be accepted in lieu of other acceptable methods of English proficiency demonstration. A student who is not eligible for conditional admission will be notified and have the option to attend IEC@OCC without conditional admission to OCC degree or certificate programs. Click here to learn more about applying to OCC. 



Class Dates

Orientation Dates

1 January 8 - February 22 January 5
2 February 26 - April 11 February 22
3 April 22 - June 12 April 18
4 June 24 - August 8 June 20
5 August 26 - October 17 August 22
6 October 21 - December 12 October 17


  • One session tuition fee: $3,400
  • Activity (required fee): $80 per session
  • IEC@OCC application fee (non-refundable): $100
  • Mandatory Medical Insurance per 8-Week Session (cost varies between $225-$310 USD)*
Fees to be paid based on number of sessions selected
Number of Session Activity Fee Tuition TOTAL Your Savings!
1 session $80 $3400 $3480* (save $0)
2 sessions $160 $6420 $6580* (save $380)
3 sessions $240 $9460 $9700* (save $740)
4 sessions $320 $12,140 $12,460* (save $1460)

*Fees may vary for each session. Visit the medical insurance page for details.
**Mandatory for all applications mailed to an international address