MiraCosta College


Located in the beautiful, suburban beach community of Oceanside, California international students choose MiraCosta to reach their goal of completing their degree at a top university.  Transfer Agreement Guarantees are available at 6 University of California campuses and much other public and private universities.  Small classrooms mean students meet professors and get to know more students. We offer a safe, college atmosphere with easy access to all the benefits of living in a culturally diverse region including access to Asian markets and shopping areas.   MiraCosta’s ocean views and warm weather year-round make MiraCosta a great place to live and study.

Academic Programs

MiraCosta offers university transfer programs to students interested in transferring to top California universities.  We also offer Associate Degrees and Professional Certificates for students wanting practical vocational study.   Because of our excellence in life sciences and biotechnology, MiraCosta is one of only 15 community colleges approved to offer a Bachelor’s degree.  

Student Demographics

Our international students came from over 30 different countries.

ESL program and Intensive English Language Program (IELP)

International students benefit from English language support to succeed in college classes.  International students can start college classes with TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test. MiraCosta’s English Language Institute (ELI) offers international students the opportunity to increase their English language proficiency and develop the skills needed for success in a college or university in the United States. The program is designed for students with a minimum of one-year of English language training at the high school or college level.

Student housing

The College does not have on-campus housing; however, the International Office can provide our students with resources to find a host family or private housing in our area.

Admission requirements

MiraCosta makes admission easy! International students complete a one-page International student application form, financial documents ($24,000), English proficiency tests such as TOEFL iBT 46, high school/university transcripts, and passport copy.

International student visas


Cost of attendance and financial assistance

The estimated cost for 12 units (minimum units required for F-1 visa international students for each fall and spring semester) is approximately $8,100.

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Although MiraCosta does not have scholarships for new students, international students are awarded scholarships each year in our continuing student scholarship competitions! Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the biggest scholarship (up to $40,000/year) to which international students can also apply. Starting in 2020, the international office also secured one $8,000 one year tuition scholarship for an international student completing one year of study in Science, Math, or technology-related field.

Scholarship opportunities

There are several scholarships for international students! Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship is the biggest scholarship (up to $40,000/year) to which international students can also apply.

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Internship opportunities

Internship (CPT, OPT) as well as on-campus employment is available for eligible students.

Student activities and campus life

Student life at MiraCosta means making friends and sharing culture.  With more than 60 student-run clubs, international students benefit from taking leadership roles in clubs and student government to distinguish themselves in the university transfer programs.  Free academic support and enrichment programs are a secret to international student success at MiraCosta.  International students have dedicated academic and career counselors to ensure they choose a successful program and stay on the path.  The international office can help a student access campus jobs, internships, community volunteering, health center, and counseling support to meet both the personal and academic needs of each student.