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FAQ

WHAT ARE THE PREREQUISITES TO ATTEND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE?

This program is for students who:

WHO CAN ATTEND MIRACOSTA COLLEGE'S ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE?


WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT MIRACOSTA COLLEGE'S ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE?

HOW LONG IS THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE PROGRAM?

Our sessions are 8 weeks long.  Many of our students stay for multiple sessions before transfering into the regular MiraCosta credit classes.  It is also possible to attend BOTH our credit classes and our English Language Institute classes if students wish to continue practicing basic English language acquisition.  If you find that you can no attend the full 8 weeks, please let us know and we will work with you to set up a program that fits your schedule at a pro-rated price.

HOW MANY 8 WEEK SESSIONS DO WE OFFER PER YEAR?

We offer 5 sessions each year.  All sessions are 8 weeks long. 

WHAT DEGREES AND CERTIFICATES CAN I GET BY GOING TO MIRACOSTA COLLEGE?

Programs of interest to our International Students:

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY I-20?

A: MiraCosta's International Office can issue an I-20 Form about 1 week after we receive your complete application. A complete application includes:

CAN I TAKE REGULAR COLLEGE COURSES WHILE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE CLASSES?

Yes!.  You need to get special permission from the International Office. 


IS ACADEMIC ADVISING AVAILABLE?

Yes it is. In every eight-week session, we offer academic counseling and guidance on career choices to qualified students who want to apply MiraCosta College or other colleges or universities in the United States. Students are invited for advising, and they can make additional appointments with the Director of the International Perspectives Office.


HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO LEARN ENGLISH?

Students learn English at different rates, depending on how much they study and practice their English proficiency. Serious and hard-working students who participate fully in class work and extracurricular language development options improve their English language proficiency quickly and can often qualify to move on to credit classes right after the very first eight-week English Language Institute. However, most students attend two or three sessions of the ELI before moving into the credit class program.

WHAT COLLEGE FACILITIES CAN I USE WHILE I AM AT MIRACOSTA COLLEGE?

Students have access to college computer labs, the library, the cafeteria, and the health center. Our International students can also participate in college organizations and activities.

WHAT IF I AM TRAVELING TO THE UNITED STATES ON A VISITOR B/1 OR B/2 VISA?

The English Language Institute accepts visitors who want to take ESL classes for cultural or enrichment purposes only.  Visitors may only attend enrichment and cultural classes short term for under 16 hours per week. Please contact lcargile@miracosta.edu for further information and enrichment schedule.

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Transfer Agreements

Transfer Admission Guarantee Programs
Guaranteed admission programs are available to UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz. In addition, a preferred admission program is in place for UCLA*. (* The UCLA program is for MiraCosta Honors Scholar students only).

Honors Scholar Program
Students who participate in the Honors Scholar Program will be eligible for a transfer admission guarantee or priority consideration for admission to many colleges and universities who are participating in the Honors Transfer Council of California. Consult the Honors Scholar Program counselor in the Transfer Center for details.

The MiraCosta College Transfer Center
Is dedicated to making the transfer process as easy and efficient as possible. Visit us for complete information about our services.

Counseling Appointments: Two full-time counselors are available to assist you with all your transfer needs. They will prepare an educational plan to guide you in course selection. Drop-in counseling is available several times throughout each week for quick questions regarding transfer.


Cross-Enrollment Programs
Allows students to enroll for one course each semester at a CSU or each quarter at a UC campus without paying tuition or fees (a nominal charge is paid for processing). A great opportunity for the student who has completed most of the lower-division requirements for transfer or who needs a lower-division course not offered at MiraCosta. Information is available in the Transfer Center. Applications are obtained from Admissions & Records.


University of California Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAG)

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