The mission of Hancock International College is to provide a comprehensive educational program in English as a Second Language for international students who represent many different linguistic and cultural backgrounds. The foundations of our program are instruction in grammar, reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  We also provide international students exposure to American culture and history.


Hancock International College was established to provide quality education at affordable prices for students wishing to enter the fast growing instruction of English as a Second Language. While some schools only teach theoretical concepts, both students and Universities demand knowledge of the practical elements of the English language today. Hancock International College first opened its doors in Irvine, California in 2011. HIC has fostered the development of its Intensive ESL courses for all levels of English Language Learners, offering Intensive English courses for beginners to advanced speakers of ESL.


Hancock International College is located in Irvine, California in the University Town Center (UTC) in Irvine, California. UTC offers convenience to international students with choices of retail shops, restaurants, a dance studio and even a movie theater. In addition the city of Irvine is known for the following:

  1. Irvine was named among the “Top 15 best places to live in the U.S. in 2014” – no other Southern
  2. California City listed. (CNN Money Magazine).
  3. Irvine named America’s Best-Run City in 2014 among the nation’s largest 100 cities. (24/7 Wall St.)
  4. Irvine ranked safest U.S. city of its size for nine consecutive years by the FBI, as of 2014.
  5. One hour southeast of Hollywood
  6. 15 minutes east of the Pacific Ocean
  7. 90 minutes southwest of the Big Bear Ski Resort
  8. 90 minutes north of San Diego and Mexico
  9. 4 hours west of Las Vegas

UTC offers convenience to international students with a variety of restaurants, as well as retail shops, hair salon, a dance studio and even a movie theater located downstairs in the courtyard or within walking distance.

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Hancock International College is a private institution that is compliant to the requirements set forth in the California Private Post-Secondary Education Act of 2009. The College has received approval to operate from B.P.P.E. (www.bppe.ca.gov) to offer programs to the public. An approval to operate means compliance with state standards as set forth in the California Education Code, Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

The Bureau for Private Post-Secondary Education (B.P.P.E.) oversees the 1,500 private Post-Secondary institutions of learning in California attended by more than 400,000 Californians. The legislation mandates educational quality standards and operates to prevent deception in the conferring and the use of fraudulent or substandard degrees.

Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833 or P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818 www.bppe.ca.gov
(888) 370-7589 or by fax (916) 263-1897



Mailing Address: Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
P.O. Box 980818
West Sacramento, CA 95798-0818
Telephone: +1 (916) 431-6959

Toll Free: +1 (888) 370-7589

Main Fax: +1 (916) 263-1897

Licensing Fax: +1 (916) 263-1894

Enforcement/ STRF
Closed Schools Fax: +1 (916) 263-1896
Website: www.bppe.ca.gov

For more information on the School Performance Fact Sheet, click here.
For Hancock International College Catalog and Student Handbook, click here.


HIC is accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA). CEA is a specialized accrediting agency that focuses on post-secondary intensive English language programs and institutions. CEA’s purpose is to provide a systematic approach by which programs and institutions can demonstrate their compliance with accepted standards, pursue continuous improvement, and be recognized for doing so. CEA conducts accreditation activities in the U.S. and internationally.

In September 2003, CEA was recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions. This recognition gave CEA the distinction of being the only specialized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S.





Mailing Address: TESOL
1925 Ballenger Avenue, Suite 550
Alexandria, Virginia 22314-6820 USA
Telephone: +1 (703)836-0774
Fax: +1 (703)836-7864 or 6447

Website: www.tesol.org



TESOL encompasses a network of approximately 60,000 educators worldwide and conducts a variety of workshops and symposia, including an annual convention, regarded as the foremost professional development opportunity for English language educators worldwide. TESOL’s mission is to develop and maintain professional expertise in English language teaching for speakers of other languages worldwide



Mailing Address: Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630
Alexandria, VA 22314 USA
Telephone: +1 (703) 665-3400
Fax: +1 (703) 519-2071

Website: www.cea-accredit.org



CATESOL, founded in 1969, is a nonprofit organization open to anyone concerned with the teaching of English as a second or foreign language, standard English as a second dialect, or bilingual education. CATESOL is the largest U.S. affiliate of TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), which has more than 100 affiliates in the United States and abroad. CATESOL promotes professional competence and professional standards in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages, monitors educational policy, and represents the needs of ESL teachers and students to decision-making bodies such as school districts and state legislatures.



Mailing Address: CATESOL
P.O. Box 9200-338
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Telephone: +1 (714) 907-4033
Fax: +1 (888) 832-0501

Website: www.catesol.org