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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 six

  University of California campuses


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 

$8,000 per year

Year 3

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Estimated Cost of Tuition and Fees

Cost to attend MiraCosta +

transfer to 4-year university

Cost to attend 4-year university

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 months

TUITION AND FEES (12 units per semester)

TOTAL PER SCHOOL YEAR (Study and Living Expenses)*

TEXTBOOKS (2 semesters)*  


TRANSPORTATION  (monthly bus pass)

FOOD ($400 per month)*









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


Estimated Cost of 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




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

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


Oceanside Pier, California