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  • Better known as Surf City, Huntington Beach is
    home to: 

    • Miles of beautiful beaches 
    • Sunny and warm Southern California climate 
    • Safe and welcoming neighborhood 
    • Excellent dining, shopping and entertainment options
    • Local attractions including: Disneyland, the Orange County Performing Arts

      Center, and the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific 
    • 35 miles  (56 km) to Hollywood and Los Angeles, and 95 miles (150 km) to San Diego 
    • Culturally diverse and vibrant community

    Welcome to

    Huntington Beach!


  • Student Life

    The Office of Student Life & Leadership 
    invites students to join over 30 campus
    clubs or become a leader in student
    government. Many international students
    belong to the International Club - an
    excellent place to plan events and
    make friends. 

    Intercultural Events: 

    Clubs & Activities:


    Engage with different cultures & identities
    through the many intercultural activities
    held at GWC throughout the year. Popular
    events include the annual Holi Festival,
    Día de los Muertos, and Lunar New Year
    Celebration to name a few!

    GWC’s athletic tradition of excellence has
    made its mark with state championships in
    men’s water polo, swimming, and soccer.
    Since 1966, GWC has captured more state
    championships than any other California
    Community College!

  • Get involved, connect
    with friends, and enjoy
    campus life!

    Our Theater and Dance departments play an active
    role in the community by presenting workshops, master
    classes, and world-class performances! 

    GWC Student ID Card: 

    •  Free food at college events
    •  Free admission to home athletic games
    •  Free public transportation 
    •  Discounts to local attractions and theme 
    •  Access to the GWC library 
    •  Access to the Student Health Center


    Arts & Theatre:


  • Student Services

    GWC offers a wide range of
    support services including
    a full service international
    student center, assessment
    testing, academic and career
    counseling, scholarship office,
    learning resource center, and
    free tutoring!

    Specialized Academic Counseling for International Students:

    Our dedicated academic counselor
    helps students clarify academic goals,
    explore career options, select courses,
    and create educational plans.

    International Student Support:

    Orientation- Students receive
    guidance on 
    maintaining visa status,
    navigating the U.S. higher education
    system, and making the most of their
    time in Southern California.

    The LRC and library are open to all
    students who wish to improve their
    writing and reading skills, including
    FREE tutoring! 

    Learning Resource Center:

    Course Registration & Health
    Our trained staff is
    available to assist.

    Admissions & Immigration-
    Knowledgeable staff assist students
    throughout the application and F-1
    visa process.



  • CLICK HERE to see all academic programs

    Programs of Study


    Students can transfer 60-72 units of college
    enter a top university as a third-
    year student, and finish the last two years to
    earn a bachelor’s degree. 

    Associate in Arts or Science Degree (AA/AS)

    Earn a two-year associate’s degree in
    order to:
    • Prepare for transfer to a four-year college

      or university, or 
    • Prepare for immediate employment

    University Transfer Preparation

    Whatever your goals,
    we’ll help you get there! 

    Certificates range from 12-44 units of
    coursework in a particular academic or
    occupational field.

    Requirements for the associate’s
    degree include a minimum of 60 units
    of coursework in general education and
    specific courses in the major field of

    Course Registration & Health
    Our trained staff is
    available to assist.

  • Transfer Pathways

    The 2+2 pathway option allows students to start their
    education at a community college and finish at a four-year
    college or university. By transferring the first 2 years of
    community college credits, students can graduate with
    a bachelor’s degree at a much lower cost. 



    GWC Average Tuition for 2 years: $19,000

    As a community college, GWC awards associate’s degrees and prepares
    students to transfer to four-year universities. By starting here you can save
    up to $91,000 in tuition for your bachelor’s degree.





    Tuition costs vary

    9 campuses

    23 campuses

     2-Year Tuition up to:  $129,000

    Average Tuition 
    for 2 years:  $90,000

    Average Tuition 
    for 2 years:  $33,000

    SAVE: $71,000

    SAVE: $14,000

    SAVE UP TO: $91,000

  • GWC international students are eligible for Conditional Admission Letters from
    universities including UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, and CSULB. 

    Select UC campuses offer guaranteed admission from all California Community
    Colleges (CCC). By participating in a TAG program, eligible students can ensure
    admission to a specific UC campus! 

    Admission Requirements

    •   Students must have earned the equivalent of a high school diploma or be

        at least 18 years old by the start of their first term.
    •   Proof of English proficiency: TOEFL iBT 61, IELTS 5.5, or equivalent
    •   Proof of Funds
    •   No SAT, ACT, AP courses or minimum GPA required!
    •   Applications are accepted year-round with quick admission decisions!

    Application Deadlines

    Fall Semester

    In-Country Transfers


    April 15

    December 15

    July 15

    Summer Session

    Spring Semester

    June 1

    January 15

    August 15

  • Shahood Mohammad, Pakistan

    “Two and a half years of my life that I can never forget.
    Well because not once did I ever feel I was away
    from home. 
    It’s all because of the environment provided
    by GWC and 
    especially ISP. GWC proved to be my
    home away from home, 
    and ISP proved to be my family
    away from home. I’m always 
    going to be thankful for the
    hospitality provided by GWC staff 
    especially ISP staff.
    Go G-DUB!”

    "Being a part of many clubs and actives around
    gives us tons of opportunities to explore
    ourselves. Start on 
    that opportunity now by being
    an International Student Club Member. Don't wait,
    go for it!”

    Chi Phan, Vietnam

    “The biggest surprise about U.S. life and education
    was that students have the opportunity to join in some
    amazing events where we could learn, play, 
    and make
    new friends. Also, in the U.S. students can 
    their own classes, and schedule actively. So 
    we could
    manage our own time and study more effectively.”

    Linh & Oanh Huynh, Vietnam 

    What Students Say
    About GWC

    Jassmin Davari,


  • Inquiry Form
  • Golden West College
    15744 Goldenwest St 
    Huntington Beach, CA 92647

    (714) 895-8146

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