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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!

Student Life

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. 

Intercultural Events: 

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! 

GWC Student ID Card: 

•  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:



Student Services

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.


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Programs of Study


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

  university, 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

Transfer Pathways

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. 



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.





Tuition costs vary

9 campuses

23 campuses

 2-Year Tuition up to:  $129,000

Average Tuition 
for 2 years:  $90,000

Average Tuition 
for 2 years:  $33,000

SAVE: $71,000

SAVE: $14,000

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! 

Admission Requirements

• 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!

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

In-Country Transfers


April 25

December 10

July 15

Summer Session

Spring Semester

July 1

January 10

August 10

Shahood Mohammad, Pakistan

“Two and a half years of my life that I can never forget. Why?

Well because not once did I ever feel I was away from home.

It’s all because of the environment provided by GWC and

especially ISP. GWC proved to be my home away from home,

and ISP proved to be my family away from home. I’m always

going to be thankful for the hospitality provided by GWC staff

especially ISP staff. Go G-DUB!”

"Being a part of many clubs

and actives around campus

gives us tons of opportunities

to explore ourselves. Start on

that opportunity now by being

an International Student Club

Member. Don't wait, go for it!”

Chi Phan, Vietnam

“The biggest surprise about U.S. life and education

was that students have the opportunity to join in

some amazing events where we could learn, play,

and make new friends. Also, in the U.S. students can

choose their own classes, and schedule actively. So

we could manage our own time and study more


Linh & Oanh Huynh, Vietnam 

What Students Say
About GWC

Jassmin Davari, Germany


Inquiry Form

Golden West College
15744 Goldenwest St 
Huntington Beach, CA 92647

(714) 895-8146