West Los Angeles College

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $1,000—$5,000 Semester

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    2yr/Community College

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business, Liberal Arts, University Transfer

  • Setting

    City, Suburban

  • Accreditation and Certification

    AACC Schools, WASC , ACCJC

  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Apartment

  • Test Scores

    IELTS: Band 5+, TOEFL: 46+, iTEP: 3.4

  • Social Media

West Los Angeles College (www.wlac.edu/international), founded in 1969, is located in beautiful Southern California where Los Angeles and Culver City meet. We are minutes from the beach, Beverly Hills shopping, restaurants, art galleries and Sony and Fox Studios. We are close to the airport and major freeways, so traveling to the Downtown Music Center and Disney Hall, the Getty Museum, Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Venice Beach, Disneyland, UCLA, USC and other points of interest is easy.

Big City Location – Small College Feel

West allows you to complete the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree for significantly less tuition than you would pay at a university. West students transfer to prestigious universities and train for satisfying careers. Smaller class sizes, caring faculty and staff and a scenic campus cooled by ocean breezes give West the feel of an intimate, private university but at a public community college price.

Accredited 2-year College

West Los Angeles College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJ) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). West is part of a 9-campus group of community colleges which has served millions of students for more than 80 years.

Outstanding Faculty

West faculty are graduates of prestigious universities including UCLA, USC, Columbia, M.I.T. and Harvard. Almost all of our faculty hold Master’s degrees or PhD’s. With smaller class sizes than you will find at universities. West students are able to receive more attention and assistance.

Among the Lowest Tuition in the U.S.A.

Thanks to California’s support of public higher education, West offers among the lowest college tuition in America. Tuition and fees as an F1 Visa Student are approximately $7,000 per year.

The First Step Toward a Bachelor’s Degree

At West, you may complete the first two years of course work required for a Bachelor’s degree — but at a much lower cost than you would pay at a university. You may then “transfer” to a 4-year university as a “Junior” (3rd year college student).

West is part of the family of California public colleges which includes UCLA, UC Berkeley, and the 23 California State Universities (e.g. Cal State LA, Cal State Northridge). This makes transferring to these campuses more simple. West students who successfully complete approximately 20 specified courses (60 credits) receive automatic admission to one of the 23 California State University campuses. West students also receive priority admissions consideration or early acceptance to a number of private universities.

  • Art Studies
  • Administration of Justice
  • Business Division (Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing)
  • Communication, Entertainment Media Arts
  • Computer Sciences
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Science (Anatomy, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Microbiology, Oceanography, Physics, Physiology)
  • Social Sciences (Anthropology, Asian Studies, Child Development, Economics, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology) 

Career Preparation

West also offers 2-year Associate's degree programs leading to satisfying careers in business, dental hygiene,  aircraft mechanics and applied technology, computer science, and more. Our television/film program was featured in the Los Angeles Times newspaper and on television http://www.wlac.edu/entertainment/index.aspx.

Campus Life

STUDENT BODY: West has over 11,000 students and rich diversity of race and culture, much like the surrounding community. The nearby entertainment and technical industries and pleasant neighborhoods attract communities of people from around the world including Japan, India, Ethiopia and the Middle East.

HOUSING: West does not have campus housing. However, there are a wide range of housing options nearby ranging from renting a room with a family to moderate and luxury apartments. We will help you determine which option is best for you.

Special Programs


If you want to study in the U.S. but first need to improve your English Language skills, the West Language Academy (http://www.wlac.edu/west-language-academy/index.aspx) is for you. In this intensive English program, you will learn to understand, speak, read and write English with confidence and gain the skills needed to pass the TOEFL or IELTS. Affordable 7-week sessions start year-round, with classes meeting 20 hours per week. Instruction is high quality and personalized. The program includes fun weekly trips to explore Los Angeles sights and culture.

GLOBAL Studies Division

An interdisciplinary effort by West’s faculty so you can develop the knowledge and skills you need to study and understand how our world is changing and how we can address the challenges of the future. You will learn to approach global challenges—current and emerging—from a comparative and transnational approach to research.  We seek to prepare you to transfer for baccalaureate programs at UCLA, other UCs, and CSUs and to prepare you for whatever profession you choose.

Come. Explore the world. Join fellow students who want both curricular and metacurricular opportunities to develop a critical understanding of global issues to become engaged "citizens of the world.

See more at: http://www.wlac.edu/Global-Studies/index.aspx


You may complete a degree online in Accounting, Business Administration, English, Liberal Arts, Marketing and more. After completing the first two years of a Bachelor’s degree online, you can complete the last two years online or in-person with one of our university partners. We also offer a variety of vocational certificates online.

Online courses are also taught by faculty with Master’s degrees or PhD’s and require the same rigor and transferability as our campus-based classes.

See more at: http://international.wlac.edu/International/index.aspx

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West Los Angeles College
9000 Overland Avenue
International Student Program (SSB 410)
Culver City CA 90230
P: (310) 287-7283
2yr/Community College
  • Accounting
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Aviation Maintenance
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Business English
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English Language (ESL)
  • English Literature
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • General English Programs
  • General Management
  • Geography
  • History
  • Kinesiology
  • Law
  • Liberal Arts
  • Marketing
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Mathematics
  • Medical/Dental
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Predental
  • Premedical
  • Prenursing
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Special Education
  • Special Needs/Learning Disabilities
  • Statistics
  • Technology/Computers
  • Theatre
  • University Transfer
Certificate/Short Term
  • Accounting
  • Arts and Design
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business
  • Child Development
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Film Studies
  • Health and Wellness
  • Marketing
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical/Dental
  • Psychology
English Programs
  • Business English
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Intensive English as a Second Language
  • Summer Intensive English
  • TOEFL and University Preparation
  • English Language (ESL)
Bachelor Degree
  • Predental