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  • Safe and Beautiful Campuses

    MiraCosta College is located in beautiful coastal North San Diego County about 61 kilometers from the San Diego International Airport.  MiraCosta serves 14,500 students each year including 250 international students from more than 35 countries. Students enjoy MiraCosta’s friendly and safe suburban environment. Our sunny climate and oceans views make our campus a great place to study.


    On average, there are 266 sunny days per year in Oceanside, California. 

    Daily temperature ranges from 16 -27° C year round.

    MiraCosta College?

    What makes MiraCosta College a great place to study:

    • Small class size means you get to know your

    • Individual academic help with free tutoring in

      most subjects
    • Personal academic counseling to make sure

      you achieve your educational goal
    • Professional experience through   on-campus

      jobs, internships, and work experience classes
    • Transfer admission guarantees to five

      University of California campuses

  • Academics

    Popular Majors: Accounting, Art, Architectural Design, Biology, Business Administration, Child Development, Commercial Music, Communication, Hospitality Management, Liberal Studies for university transfer, Pre-engineering, Pre-nursing, Psychology. 

    See all of our majors and degrees HERE.

    MiraCosta international students are accepted for transfer to top universities such as University of California San Diego, San Diego State University, UCLA, UC Berkeley and more.

    MiraCosta College also has one of the highest transfer rates to the University of California out of all of the community colleges in San Diego County

  • Choose MiraCosta College and Save Money

    MiraCosta College is a fully accredited 2-year community college with an

           outstanding academic reputation. Our university transfer programs

               improve international student access to top-ranked U.S. universities.

    2 Years MiraCosta + 2 Years University 

    = 4 Year Degree at 1/3 Cost 

    Bachelor's Degree

    Bachelor's Degree

    2 Years

    2 Years


    4-Year University 


    per year  

    4-Year University 


    per year  

    Transfer to a 

    4-Year University

    Community College 

    $6,800 per year

    Year 3

    Year 1

    Year 2

    Year 3

    Tuition and Fees
  • International students can take advantage of six University of California Transfer Admission Guarantees.  

    Estimated Tuition and Fees for Academic Year 2018-2019 based upon 9 monhts

    TUITION AND FEES (12 units per semester)

    TOTAL PER SCHOOL YEAR (Study and Living Expenses)*

    TEXTBOOKS (2 semesters)*  

    HEALTH INSURANCE (per year)*

    TRANSPORTATION  (monthly bus pass)

    FOOD ($400 per month)*

    HOUSING **








    **No college housing available. Housing estimate based upon cost for host family placement.
     *Estimated Costs
    Tuition and Fees Subject to Change


    Tuition and Fees
  • Campus and Community Life

    Housing: Students can find private apartments. Or choose an American host family to discover and understand a new culture.


    • Over 50 student clubs 
    • Sport teams and intramural activities
    • Campus events

  • Apply



    Application deadline: 

    Arrive to college: 

    Semester start: 

    Late August

    July 1

    First of August

    November 15

    Late January

    Early January

    English Language Institute (ELI) 

    • Full-time Intensive English language program 
    • 8-week sessions start 5 times per year (January, March, June

       August and October)
    • Can apply for conditional admission to college program

  • What Are Students Saying?

    “MiraCosta College has been a big part of my life.  In high school my average grades limited me from going to the universities I really wanted to attend.  MiraCosta gave me a second chance to prove that I could do better.  It also saved me a lot of money in my first two years of college.  I liked the small class size and wonderful professors who really care about students at MiraCosta.  I transferred to University of California San Diego and received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting.  Now, I work for a really large investment firm in Malta. Goal accomplished, thank you MiraCosta.”

    Bernardo from Spain, graduated from MiraCosta and UC San Diego. 

    “I highly recommend MiraCosta College as the stepping stone to achieve your academic success. My last year at MiraCosta, I applied to four different UC schools including UC Irvine (UCI) that offered me a guaranteed admission through the TAG at MiraCosta College. I was excited when I received an admission from UC Berkeley, my first choice university.” Mary graduated from MiraCosta and UC Berkeley with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Check out reasons Mary chose to attend MiraCosta on the  International Student Blog.  

  • Inquiry Form
  • Connect

    MiraCosta College International Office
    1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside, CA 92056
    Phone: +1 (760) 795-6897 | Fax:+1 (760) 757-8209
    Email: iip@miracosta.edu


    Oceanside Pier, California

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