San Jose City College

The City of San José

Spectacular Safe Location in San Francisco Bay & Silicon Valley, California

The City of San José

San José, with a population of about one million, is home to San José City College. The largest Bay Area city of Northern California, San José is one of the safest, friendliest metropolitan cities in the nation. Students will experience a high quality of life with many exciting cultural, recreational, educational, and entertainment options. Its location on the West Pacific Coast provides great year-round climate, allowing for countless outdoor activities. San José also offers convenient transportation options and easy access to visit San Francisco's points of interest, about 45 minutes away. The city's cultural diversity also creates a friendly, inviting atmosphere for visitors from all over the world.

The Land of Innovation - Silicon Valley

San José City College is nestled in the heart of the “Silicon Valley” in California, with close proximity to the world's largest technological corporations like Adobe, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Intel, and Google. With our state-of-the-art facilities and outstanding faculty, we offer the highest quality education, making our college an ideal environment for your education. Envision your American college experience at San José City College where opportunities are endless!

Strong Academics

San José City College's academic distinction is built on a strong tradition since its founding in 1921. San José City College awards the Associate in Arts (A.A) and the Associate in Science (A.S.) degrees in over 50 fields of study. The A.A. degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a university to continue their education while the A.S. degree is for students interested in obtaining the vocational skills necessary to enter the job market immediately. Students may also earn an Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), designed to help students transfer to a university. Students will earn university credit for transfer preparation courses taken at San José City College. Whichever degree or transfer path is chosen, students will experience academic excellence at San José City College. For a list of degree programs offered, visit the following link: http://www.sjcc.edu/academics/degrees-certificates-and-employment/degrees-certificates.

Extensive Transfer University Opportunities

San José City College provides great preparation and support for international students to transfer to a university to complete their bachelor's degree. The courses offered at San José City College are equivalent to what freshmen (1st year) or sophomores (2nd year) would typically take at the university. Students have the opportunity to be guaranteed admission to the top University of California campuses and private colleges. Transfer articulation agreements with many universities are also available. Students have transferred to Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, UC San Diego, San Francisco State, San José State, and many more!

Vibrant International Student Life

San José City College offers a broad range of student activities, sports, and campus clubs to ensure that opportunities exist for students to be an active and integral part of the campus community. The International Student Program Office also hosts orientations and social events regularly to give students many opportunities to make new friends!

Student Testimonials

"The staff and faculty at San Jose City College are really supportive. If you have an idea or want to start a club, they will give you the knowledge and resources to make it possible. It is this kind of community that makes me feel confident I can succeed." -Takamitsu Kawaura (Japan)

"I love living in a big city that has a small city feel. San José is very diverse and has a diverse community which makes me feel right at home." -JeongTong Choi (South Korea)

"The professors help the students to learn and earn good grades. There's a sense of proximity between the student and the professors because of the small class size." -Maite Chennagattu (France)

"My SJCC classes prepared me for my studies at UC Davis. I graduated from UC Davis and am now attending graduate school. The International Program helped me a lot with applying to universities and meeting more friends from many different countries." -Ling Man Siu (Hong Kong)

"I love this school as much as I love the services provided here such as Reading/Writing center, library resources, and safety services! I have met so many nice people here - my friends, my teachers, and my counselors. I can say that SJCC is my second home." -Tien Tran (Vietnam)

"I was looking forward to being a part of the San José City College because I heard very good testimonials of close people that this institution has given practical and meaningful knowledge in a friendly environment. International program support us all the time! The program always has an open-door policy and also has fun activities for us." -Angela Enciso (Colombia)

Admissions Requirements

  • International Student Application
  • Official High School and College Transcripts (if any) & English translations
  • Official English Language Proficiency Test Scores: TOEFL (500 or 61 iBT exam), IELTS (5.5),  STEP-EIKEN (Step 2A), PTE (42).
  • Bank Financial Certification

(Check the application form for a detailed list of additional materials needed)

Students who do not meet the language proficiency requirements should consider attending an Intensive English Program that has an established partnership with SJCC. Upon completion of certain English levels or by the recommendation of the program, students will be eligible to transfer to San José City College without taking the standardized TOEFL/IELTS exam.

Application Deadline

Fall Semester: July 15 (Classes start in late August)
Spring Semester: November 15 (Classes start in late January)
Check website for updated information as deadlines may be extended.

Cost of Attendance

Estimated Expenses for One Academic Year (Subject to Change)

Tuition and Fees US$8,138
Housing & Meals US$9,900
Books and Other Educational Expenses US$600
Mandatory Health Insurance US$1,428
Personal Expenses US$2,072
TOTAL US$22,138


$5,000—$10,000 Semester

Fast facts

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Top Programs

Business, Computer Science, University Transfer

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Type of School

2yr/Community College

  • School Size

  • Student Body Gender

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

  • Accreditation and Certification

  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Apartment
  • Test Scores

    IELTS: Band 5.5+, TOEFL: 61+, PTE Academic: 40+, Step EIKEN: 2

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