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

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

Admission Requirements:  High School transcripts & Diploma; minimum of 2.0 or "C" grade point average if transferring directly from U.S.-based College or University.  TOEFL score min. “45” on iBT; or IELTS “band score” of 4.5 to 5.0 – if English is Not your first language of instruction.  Also, Affidavit of Support Form/Bank Statement, and one-page personal essay.  ["Conditional Acceptance Letter" option for those students without TOEFL or IELTS, and entering on the Glendale "Language Training"/Credit ESL immigration documents].

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 current/valid Form I-20.]  Deadlines may be flexible; contact the International Student Office.

Campus & Facilities:  Hillside/scenic, high tech. & modern campus of 100 acres and over 20 buildings, positioned on the slopes of the “San Rafael Mountains” – overlooking downtown City of Glendale and parts of Greater Los Angeles skyline & metro area. Very safe suburban location in ideal residential neighborhood of homes. City of Glendale has been referred to as "Jewel City" within Southern California.

Degrees Offered: Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.); along with short-term “Certificate” program options; check with an Academic Counselor. Total of 75 Academic Majors offered; fully “transferable” to four-year universities.

Enrollment Numbers: 15,000 students total; includes 500 to 550 International visa students (each Semester) from over 50 countries. Top Countries traditionally represented include: S. 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 Homestay Placement Company (ISP).  Note: on-campus housing or dormitory facilities are Not available. [For Homestays contact:; 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/suburban atmosphere within Greater Los Angeles metro area. City of Glendale has approx. 210,000 residents. Residential, safe neighborhood community 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): $7,585 USD (full-time; two semesters). Estimated off-campus living expenses (10 months): $13,000 USD. Total costs for bank statement = $22,927 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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