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Accreditation: Fully Accredited Institution: WASC: Western Association of Schools and Colleges. GCC was founded in 1927, and is one of the oldest of the CA community colleges. "Over 90 years of Educational Excellence."

Academic Calendar:  Semester system (16 weeks). FALL Semester begins end of August.  SPRING Semester begins mid-February.  Summer Session (mid-June to mid-Aug.); along with short-term Winter Session of six weeks in early January.  New International students applying directly from overseas can only apply for the Fall or Spring Semesters. The short-term Sessions offer limited class scheduling for "new" students and are best designed for "continuing students."

Admission RequirementsHigh School transcripts and Diploma; minimum of 2.0 or "C" grade point avg., if transferring directly from a U.S.-based College or University. TOEFL score min. 45 on iBT; or IELTS 'band score' of 4.5 min. – if English is not your first language of instruction.  Also, Affidavit of Support Form & Bank Statement, and one-page personal essay.  "Conditional Admission" is available for students without TOEFL or IELTS, and transferring-in from a Language School program.

Application Deadlines (for overseas Applicants):  July 1 for FALL Semester; December 1 for SPRING Semester;  [May 15th for “Summer Session” -- Summer only for students "transferring" inside the U.S. with a current and valid Form I-20.]  Deadlines may be flexible; please contact the International Student Office for details.

Campus & Facilities:  Scenic and modern campus of 100 acres and 25 buildings, located on the slopes of the “San Rafael Mountains” – overlooking the City of Glendale and parts of the Greater Los Angeles skyline & metro area. Very safe suburban location in ideal residential neighborhood of homes. City of Glendale has been referred to as the "Jewel City" in Southern California.

Degrees Offered: Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.); along with short-term Certificate programs and General Education courses. Total of 75 Academic Majors offered; fully transferable to four-year universities within the U.S. 

Enrollment Numbers: 15,000 students total; includes 500 International visa students (each Semester) from over 50 countries. Top Countries traditionally represented include: South Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Philippines, Brazil and Armenia.

Faculty/Staff: Full-time & part-time faculty instructors – who have earned Master’s and Doctoral degrees in their chosen discipline. Small classes (avg. class size of 25 to 30 students), seminars, and modern computer/science labs.

Housing & ’Homestays’:  Off-campus housing includes apartments, guest houses and American host families or “Homestay” options via the Homestay Placement Company -- ISP, International Student Placements.  Note: on-campus housing or dormitory facilities are not available. For Homestays contact ISP:; Web site:

Major Fields of Study: 75 Academic Majors leading to Associate Degrees. Popular fields of study include: Accounting, Animation Design, Arts/Fine Arts, Aviation (Flight Attendant Cert.); Business Administration, Computer Science/Information Systems, Culinary Arts (with Restaurant/Hotel management); Dance, Graphic Design, Mass Communications, Music, Health Sciences/R.N.Nursing, Natural/Physical Sciences, Theatre & Performing Arts. [Certificate options in many Academic Depts; refer to GCC Catalog in PDF.] 

Setting and Climate/Weather: Medium-city and suburban community within Greater Los Angeles metro area. City of Glendale has approx. 210,000 residents. Residential, safe neighborhood located 10 miles (approx. 15 to 20 kilometers) northeast of Downtown Los Angeles. Weather: “temperate” dry climate most months – ranging from 15 degrees Celsius in winter months, to 35 degrees Celsius in summer months.

Transfer Rate to Universities:  Glendale Community College traditionally has one of the highest “transfer rates”  within the California system of community colleges. Most Glendale College students (following completion of the Associate Degree and min. of 60 units of semester credit) transfer to the various campuses comprising the California State University (CSU) system, or the University of California (UC) system. Also, “transfer agreements” with many private institutions include: University of Southern California (USC), Loyola Marymount U., Pepperdine U. & Occidental College -- among other Regionally Accredited institutions.

Tuition & Fees/Living Expenses: Tuition & Fees (Academic Year 2019-20): $7,575 USD (full-time; two semesters). Estimated off-campus living expenses: $13,000 USD. Total costs for bank statement = $22,917 USDNote: above costs are subject to periodic/annual changes. [Please plan your budget accordingly]. Tuition/Fees are paid per Semester upon registration.  "Tuition Advanced Deposit" is not required. The College offers a tuition payment plan each semester.

International Student Office  (Sierra Vista Bldg., 3rd Fl.)
1500 North Verdugo Road
Glendale, CA 91208-2894  USA
Ph: 1+ 818-240-1000, Ext. 5439, 6645  

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