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Welcome to Huntington Beach!

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
Student Life

Sports:

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!

Intercultural Events:

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!

Clubs & Activities:

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.

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

Arts & Theatre:

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 parks
• Access to the GWC library
• Access to the Student Health Center

#YouAreWelcomeHere

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:

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

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

Learning Resource Center:

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

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

University Transfer Preparation

Students can transfer 60-72 units of college
coursework, 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 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
study

Certificates

Certificates range from 12-44 units of
coursework in a particular academic or
occupational field.
CLICK HERE to see all academic programs
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.

GOLDEN WEST COLLEGE

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.
GWC Average Tuition for 2 years: $19,000

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Average Tuition
for 2 years: $33,000
SAVE: $14,000

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

Average Tuition
for 2 years: $90,000
SAVE: $71,000

PRIVATE & OUT OF STATE SCHOOLS

2-Year Tuition up to: $129,000
SAVE UP TO: $91,000
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!
GWC international students are eligible for Conditional Admission Letters from
universities including UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, and CSULB.
Application Deadlines
Out-of-Country In-Country Transfers
Fall Semester July 15 August 15
Spring Semester December 15 January 15
Summer Session April 15 June 1

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!
What Students Say
About GWC

Linh & Oanh Huynh, 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 choose
their own classes, and schedule actively. So we could
manage our own time and study more effectively.”

Chi Phan, Vietnam

"Being a part of many clubs and actives around
campus 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!”

Shahood Mohammad, Pakistan

“Two and a half years of my life that I can never forget.
Why? 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!”

Jassmin Davari,
Germany

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