Welcome to the International Office
MiraCosta College is located in beautiful coastal North San Diego County about 61km from Downtown San Diego. MiraCosta serves 14,500 students each year including 125 international students from more than 30 different countries. Students enjoy MiraCosta’s friendly and safe suburban environment.
Why Choose MiraCosta?
What sets MiraCosta College apart as an excellent place to study:
- Small Class Sizes: Enjoy the advantage of intimate class sizes that foster meaningful connections with professors.
- Personalized Academic Counseling: Receive guidance and support from dedicated International Office academic counselors to plan your educational and career path, ensuring you reach your academic and personal goals.
- Career Development: Access valuable opportunities for gaining professional experience through on-campus jobs and internships (CPT/OPT).
- High University Transfer Rates: Join a college community with a strong track record of successful transfers to prestigious UCs, CSUs, and other four-year universities.
- Transfer Agreement Guarantee (TAG): Take advantage of our Transfer Agreement Guarantee, providing a seamless path to six University of California campuses.
- Scholarships for International Students: Explore scholarship opportunities designed to support our international student community.
Learn more about MiraCosta College
If you are a prospective international student, take a look at our International Brochure. The International Office is available to answer your questions.
English Language Institute (ELI) - Conditional Admission
The English Language Institute (ELI) offers international students an opportunity to improve their English language skills and develop the necessary abilities for success in American colleges and universities. This program is designed for students who have completed at least one year of English language training at the high school or college level. ELI classes are available on the main campus of MiraCosta College, making it a smooth transition for students pursuing higher education in the United States.
High School Completion Program for F-1 Visa Holders
The Academy at MiraCosta (TAM) is a program designed specifically for international high school students. Students can take classes that count for both your high school and college credits. This allows you to save time and transition smoothly to college-level courses later on. It's a great way to get a head start on your U.S. education!
The International Office, established in 1991, serves the following goals
- Recruit and assist a diverse group of international students who wish to enroll at MiraCosta College. This includes providing services such as visa support, orientation programs, and academic advising tailored to the needs of international students.
- Facilitate the seamless integration of international students into the college community, creating a sense of belonging, while actively supporting them in achieving their educational goals.
- Promote and coordinate study abroad opportunities for MiraCosta College students, enabling them to gain international experience and exposure to different cultures.
- Engage with the campus community to promote global awareness and encourage involvement in international initiatives.