The international student program offers a world of experience | SehndeWeb

With more than 400 two- and four-year colleges in the state, California is a top destination for international students looking to take advantage of our high-quality education.

People generally think that international students aim for four-year colleges or universities. However, the community college is a great planned destination for international students due to its affordability and wide range of programs.

Community colleges began looking beyond our nation’s borders in the 1980s and 1990s, according to a report by the American Council on Education. Nationally, “community colleges represent approximately 10% of total international enrollment at U.S. degree-granting institutions of higher education,” the 2020 report notes.

More than 12,800 students from around the world enrolled in community colleges across the state as of fall 2021, according to the Office of the Chancellor of California Community Colleges. Locally, approximately 140 students, from nearly 20 countries, attend Moorpark, Oxnard, and Ventura Colleges through the Ventura County Community College District International Student Program. Students come from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America and South America.

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