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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Students will be able to successfully matriculate while attending El Camino College by attending the ISP (F-1 student visa) orientation.  

The International Student Program at El Camino College enrolls hundreds of students originating from more than 65 different countries including Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific Rim each year.

Many students will earn an Associate of Arts (A.A) or an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree while working toward transferring to a four-year university or college.

Students complete their first two years of university work at El Camino College, and then transfer to a university to complete their last two years of coursework to earn a bachelor's degree. To transfer to a public university in California, students should complete 56-60 transferable units. El Camino College is in the top 10 community colleges in California to transfer to the prestigious University of California such as UCLA.

El Camino College offers more than 80 academic majors, all taught in a small classroom environment by professors who are experts in their fields. The University of California and California State University systems give full credit for appropriate courses completed at El Camino College.

What We Offer:

El Camino College offers three different types of programs for international students:

  • Certificates: Students can earn certificates in a wide range of technical, occupational, and arts programs. The majority of the certificate programs are 18-30 units, which typically take 1 to 1½ years to finish.
  • Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees: To obtain an A.A. or A.S. degree, students need to complete 60 units of coursework. This includes completion of appropriate general education courses and no fewer than 18 units will be within the student's major. In addition, coursework toward the degree must be completed with a minimum grade-point-average (GPA) of 2.0, or a "C" average.
  • Transfer opportunities:El Camino College is nationally known as a leading transfer institution to major universities in California and throughout the United States, including top-notch universities such as UCLA, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Irvine, and USC. The College also has Honors Transfer agreements with UCLA, University of California at Irvine, University of California at Riverside and California State Universities at Dominguez Hills and Long Beach.

Why El Camino College?

The well-rounded college experience is not just about studying. It is also includes trying new things and gaining new perspectives.

El Camino College offers more than outstanding academics.

From clubs to volunteer activities, there are many ways to get involved on campus. Students can participate in competitive or casual athletics, or try an art class.

And the location is excellent. Near Torrance, a safe, suburban city in sunny Southern California, El Camino College is just miles from the beach and famous attractions such as Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Disneyland. It's also close to Los Angeles, with access to nightlife, entertainment, and internship/job opportunities available in a large metropolitan area.

Tuition costs and fees are competitive also, making El Camino College an affordable way to meet higher education goals.

An International Program Academic Counselor is there to help along the way and students can also participate in free tutoring as well as an on-campus, intensive English Language Program (ECLA) to help them prepare for the TOEFL and successfully enter ECC's academic program.

Counseling Services

International students work closely with their International Student Counselor each semester to ensure they are taking the appropriate courses for their graduation and/or transfer to a university in a timely manner.

In addition to meeting with their International Student Counselor each semester, students also have access to career counseling, which is designed to help students explore career, major and education options. Personal counseling is also available to help students deal with adjusting to a new culture and language.

Housing

The International Student Program can help students find housing near the El Camino College campus. Housing information is also included in the packet sent to prospective students. No dormitories are available on the El Camino College campus.

Contact Information:

International Student Program
El Camino College
3400 West Manhattan Beach Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90506, USA 

Phone: (310) 660-3431
Fax: (310) 660-6779
Email: isp@elcamino.edu

 Last Published 5/24/12