MiraCosta College

Location: Oceanside, CA

Institution: Public International Student Body: 2 percent
Year Founded: 1934 Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Academic Calendar: Semester Campus Setting: Suburban
Undergrad Student Body: 10,000 Requirements: No Current Req's
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MiraCosta’s English Language Institute (ELI) offers international students the opportunity to increase their English language proficiency and develop the skills needed for success in a U.S. college or university. The intensive English as a Second Language Program provides language immersion, and individualized instruction in small classes (average 12 students).

Dedicated professional faculty and state-of-the-art computer software make learning experiences more effective. The program is designed for students with a minimum of one year English language training at the high school or college level.

ELI offers two levels: Advanced Beginner and Intermediate. ELI students attend class 20 hours per week. There are five sessions per year and each session is eight weeks long. Students may attend multiple sessions. All classes are held on the MiraCosta College Oceanside Campus.

The program may not be appropriate for advanced ESL students or students with a TOEFL score greater than 500.
  • English as a Second Language
This class may not be appropriate for advanced ESL students or students with a TOEFL score greater than 500 paper-based or 46 IBT. Students must be at least 18 years old.
Typical Daily Schedule
• Listening
• TOEFL Reading Preparation and Discussion
• TOEFL Grammar for Writing
• Pronunciation and Idioms
• Everyday and Academic Vocabulary
• Academic Reading Skills
• Conversation and Culture
• Writing Skills Workshop
• Grammar Through Listening and Speaking
• Oral Communication Skills
MiraCosta has a full-service international student office with advisers to help with all immigration documents and cultural adjustment. They also help students plan their classes and education to ensure successful transfer into MiraCosta credit classes or other California colleges and universities.

ELI students have access to the library, computer labs and health center. Students are also welcome to join MiraCosta clubs and organizations.

Off-campus housing is available through local Home-Stay Services companies. Students reside with a carefully-screened local family and learn more about American culture while improving spoken English skills.
MiraCosta College is a fully accredited California two-year college located just a few minutes from the beautiful San Diego County beaches. The college has provided a full spectrum of programs and services to a diverse local and international population for 75 years. MiraCosta is situated just 35 minutes north of downtown San Diego and offers easy access to many Southern California attractions and activities.

The campus is located in a suburban area that is both protected and safe for students. The average temperature in Oceanside is 20°C–27°C year round, attracting tourists from around the world. Our beautiful buildings, landscaping and ocean views make MiraCosta a great place to study!

A notarized, current bank statement verifying that the student has a minimum of $8,170 U.S. Dollars in a cash account available for his or her use. If the bank account is not in the student's name, then a notarized letter of support should accompany the notarized bank statement from the holder of the account. Most consulates around the world require the applicant to prove that he or she is able to pay for his or her entire program of study.  

APPLICATION FEE‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ $ 50

TUITION/FEES*‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐$ 4,000 (cost for two 8‐week sessions including instruction and fees)

TRANSPORTATION ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐$ 220 (monthly local bus pass for 4 months)

LIVING EXPENSES ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ $ 3,900 (estimated cost to live with host family + other living expenses)

TOTAL $8,170

Fees for one eight‐week session of the English Language Institute:
Instruction: $1,670
Insurance: $255
Student Services: $35
TOTAL: $1,960

* All tuition and fees are subject to change without prior notification

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