San Jose City College

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $5,000—$10,000 Year

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    2yr/Community College

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    Business, Computer Science, University Transfer

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification


  • Type of Housing


  • Test Scores

    IELTS: Band 5.5 +, TOEFL: 61+

  • Social Media

Nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, San José City College (SJCC) provides an education of the highest quality. Celebrating an existence that spans nearly an entire century, our new state-of-the-art facilities combined with a distinguished faculty, comprehensive curriculum, small class size, and vibrant campus life make SJCC an ideal environment for students. Students choose to study at SJCC because our programs parallel the requirements for the first two years of a four-year university education, earning students a bachelor's degree from outstanding universities at less than half the cost of university tuition.

Spectacular Safe Location in San Francisco Bay & Silicon Valley, California

The City of San José
San José, with a population of almost a million, is home to San José City College. The largest Bay Area city of Northern California, San José is one of the safest, friendliest metropolitan cities in the nation. Students will experience a high quality of life with many exciting cultural, recreational, educational, and entertainment options. Its location on the West Pacific Coast provides great year-round climate, allowing for countless outdoor activities. San José also offers convenient transportation options and easy access to visit San Francisco's points of interest, about 45 minutes away. The city's cultural diversity also creates a friendly, inviting atmosphere for visitors from all over the world.

The Land of Innovation-Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley is home to many of the world's largest technology corporations. San José City College's location near top corporations such as Adobe, Apple, DreamWorks, E-Bay, Facebook, Intel, Google, and Yahoo! allows students to immerse in the exciting innovative and entrepreneur spirit of this region.

Strong Academics

San José City College's academic distinction is built on a strong tradition since its founding in 1921. San José City College awards the Associate in Arts (A.A) and the Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees in over 50 fields of study. The A.A. degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a university to continue their education while the A.S. degree are for students interested in obtaining the vocational skills necessary to enter the job market immediately. Students may also earn university credit for transfer preparation courses taken at San José City College. Whichever degree or transfer path chosen, students will experience academic excellence at San José City College. For a list of degree programs offered, visit the following link:

Extensive Transfer University Opportunities

San José City College provides great preparation and support for international students to transfer to a university to complete their bachelor's degree. The courses offered at San José City College are equivalent to what Freshmen (1st year) or Sophomores (2nd year) would typically take at the university. Students have the opportunity to be guaranteed admission to top University of California campuses and private colleges. Transfer articulation agreements with many universities are also available. Students have transferred to Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, UC San Diego, San Francisco State, San José State and many more!

Vibrant International Student Life

San José City College offers a broad range of student activities, sports, and campus clubs to ensure that opportunities exist for students to be an active and integral part of the campus community. The International Student Program Office also hosts orientations and social events regularly to give students many opportunities to make new friends!

Student Testimonials

"I love living in a big city that has a small city feel. San José is very diverse and has a diverse community which makes me feel right at home."
-JeongTong Choi (South Korea)

"The professors help the students to learn and earn good grades. There's a sense of proximity between the student and the professors because of the small class size."
- Maite Chennagattu (France)

"My SJCC classes prepared me for my studies at UC Davis. I graduated from UC Davis and am now attending graduate school. The International Program helped me a lot with applying to universities and meeting more friends from many different countries."
- Ling Man Siu (Hong Kong)

"I love this school as much as I love the services provided here such as Reading/Writing center, library resources and safety services! I have met so many nice people here-my friends, my teachers, and my counselors. I can say that SJCC is my second home."
- Tien Tran (Vietnam)

"I was looking forward to being a part of the San José City College because I heard very good testimonials of close people that this institution has given practical and meaningful knowledge in a friendly environment. International program support us all the time! The program always has an open door policy and also has fun activities for us."
- Angela Enciso (Colombia)

Admissions Requirements

  • International Student Application
  • Application Fee
  • Official High School and College Transcripts (if any) & English translations
  • Official Language Proficiency Test Scores: TOEFL (500 or 61 iBT exam), IELTS (5.5)
  • Bank Financial Certification

(Check the application form for detailed list of additional materials needed)

Students who do not meet the language proficiency requirements should consider attending an Intensive English Program that has an established partnership with SJCC. Upon completion of certain English levels or by the recommendation of the program, students will be eligible to transfer to San José City College without taking the standardized TOEFL/IELTS exam.

Application Deadline

Application Deadline
For Fall Semester: July 15 (Classes start in late August)
For Spring Semester: November 15 (Classes start in late January)
Check website for updated information as deadlines may be extended

Cost of Attendance

Estimated Expenses for One Academic Year (Subject to Change)

Tuition and Fees $6312
Food and Housing $9200
Books and Other Educational Expenses $1422
Mandatory Health Insurance $1400
Personal Expenses $2520
TOTAL $20,854
San Jose City College

2100 Moorpark Ave.
San Jose CA 95128-2799
P: 408-288-3149
For more information: San Jose City College