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GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE International Student Program
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to Huntington Beach!
Better known as Surf City, Huntington Beach is home to:
• Miles of beautiful beaches
• Sunny and warm Southern California climate
• Safe and welcoming neighborhood
• Excellent dining, shopping and entertainment options
• Local attractions including: Disneyland, the Orange County Performing Arts
Center, and the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific • 35 miles (56 km) to Hollywood and Los Angeles, and 95 miles (150 km) to San Diego
• Culturally diverse and vibrant community
to Huntington Beach!
The Office of Campus Life invites students to join over 30 campus clubs or become a leader in student government. Many international students belong to the International Club - an excellent place to plan events and make friends.
Clubs & Activities:
Engage with different cultures & identities through the many intercultural activities held at GWC throughout the year. Popular events include the annual Holi Festival, Día de los Muertos, and Lunar New Year Celebration to name a few!
GWC’s athletic tradition of excellence has made its mark with state championships in men’s water polo, swimming, and soccer. Since 1966, GWC has captured more state championships than any other California Community College!
Get involved, connect with friends, and enjoy campus life!
Our Theater and Dance departments play an active role in the community by presenting workshops, master classes, and world-class performances!
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• Free food at college events
• Free admission to home athletic games
• Free public transportation
• Discounts to local attractions and theme
• Access to the GWC library
• Access to the Student Health Center
Arts & Theatre:
GWC offers a wide range of support services including a full service international student center, assessment testing, academic and career counseling, scholarship office, learning resource center, and free tutoring!
Specialized Academic Counseling for International Students:
Our dedicated academic counselor helps students clarify academic goals, explore career options, select courses, and create educational plans.
International Student Support:
Orientation- Students receive guidance on maintaining visa status, navigating the U.S.
The LRC and library are open to all students who wish to improve their writing and reading skills, including FREE tutoring!
Learning Resource Center:
Course Registration & Health Insurance- Our trained staff is available to assist.
Admissions & Immigration- Knowledgeable staff assist students throughout the application and F-1 visa process.
higher education system, and making the most of their time in Southern California.
Students can transfer 60-72 units of college coursework, enter a top university as a third-year student, and finish the last two years to earn a bachelor’s degree.
Associate in Arts or Science Degree (AA/AS)
Earn a two-year associate’s degree in order to:
• Prepare for transfer to a four-year college or
• Prepare for immediate employment
University Transfer Preparation
Whatever your goals, we’ll help you get there!
Certificates range from 12-44 units of coursework in a particular academic or occupational field.
Requirements for the associate’s degree include a minimum of 60 units of coursework in general education and specific courses in the major field of study
The 2+2 pathway option allows students to start their education at a community college and finish at a four-year college or university. By transferring the first 2 years of community college credits, students can graduate with a bachelor’s degree at a much lower cost.
GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE
GWC Average Tuition for 2 years: $19,000
As a community college, GWC awards associate’s degrees and prepares students to transfer to four-year universities. By starting here you can save up to $91,000 in tuition for your bachelor’s degree.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
OUT OF STATE SCHOOLS
Tuition costs vary
2-Year Tuition up to: $129,000
Average Tuition for 2 years: $90,000
Average Tuition for 2 years: $33,000
SAVE UP TO: $91,000
GWC international students are eligible for Conditional Admission Letters from universities including UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, and CSULB.
Select UC campuses offer guaranteed admission from all California Community Colleges (CCC). By participating in a TAG program, eligible students can ensure admission to a specific UC campus!
• Students must have earned the equivalent of a high school diploma or be
at least 18 years old by the start of their first term.
• Proof of English proficiency: TOEFL iBT 61, IELTS 5.5, or equivalent
• Proof of Funds
• No SAT, ACT, AP courses or minimum GPA required!
• Applications are accepted year-round with quick admission decisions!