MiraCosta College


Come study at one of the most beautiful campuses in California! MiraCosta is a public, fully-accredited community college located minutes from popular Southern California beaches. Students can transfer to a 4-year university, earn an Associate degrees or complete a professional certificate in more than 50 academic subject areas. MiraCosta has one of the highest transfer rates to the University of California of all San Diego County community colleges.  International students enjoy MiraCosta’s friendly and safe environment. MiraCosta is within driving distance to world famous attractions in Southern California. Our sunny climate and ocean views make our campus a great place to study. Facilities include a new library and technology center, student computer labs, cafeteria and patio, an outdoor amphitheater, tennis courts, track, gymnasium, and fitness center.

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Student demographics

About 14,500 students enrolled for academic classes in fall 2011.

  • 57% female, 43% male
  • 63% younger than 25
  • Ethnically diverse
  • 200 international students from 34 different countries

ESL program and/or support services

Join our intensive English language program and transition to college without taking TOEFL.  The English Language Institute (ELI) is an intensive English language program providing academic preparation in reading, listening, speaking, grammar, and U.S. culture. Classes meet 20 hours per week at the MiraCosta College Oceanside Campus, Monday through Thursday in the afternoon and Friday in the morning. The cost of the program is $2,000 for an 8-week class session. ESL classes begin five times in the year: January, March, June, August and October.

Student Housing options

Housing is the responsibility of the individual student or sponsor. MiraCosta College does not provide dormitories or college-approved housing for students. Click here to find a list of local housing options, such as a host family services, compiled from information available on the web.

Admission requirements

Complete the International Student Application Form.

Provide required support documents listed on International Student webpage.

International Student visas issued

MiraCosta is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students (F-1 visa.)

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

Estimated tuition and fees for one school year is $6,000 USD.  International students are also required to purchase Accident and Sickness insurance estimated to be $1,340 for one calendar year.  MiraCosta does not offer financial assistance to international students.