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2 colleges • 2500 friends • 2 years of inspiration

A great start to your university education

California • USA


for these courses to any campus of the University of California (UC), California State University (CSU) and to many other public and private universities across the U.S., such as the University of Southern California, the University of San Francisco, Pepperdine and Santa Clara. with average results and have at least a 500 TOEFL (173 CBT/61 IBT) or 6.0 IELTS score, you can start your university education at Foothill or De Anza. No SAT or high grade point averages are needed. Foothill and De Anza are sister colleges that have the same high quality of instruction and services, and are just six miles apart. You can check out both campuses and apply to the one with the environment you like best.

Outstanding transfer r eputatiOn


ver the past 50 years, Foothill and De Anza have consistently ranked among the top twoyear colleges in the U.S. for outstanding academics and successful transfer to worldclass universities. Because our programs parallel requirements for the first two years of university study, more than one-third of all American students earning a bachelor’s degree now start at a community college. In fact, your chance of being accepted by a prestigious university for your third year is much greater if you start at a reputable two-year college, like Foothill or De Anza, recognized for academic excellence and preparation. Thanks to special articulation and transfer admission

agreements, as well as Transfer Center assistance, our students transfer to highly selective universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Stanford, Cornell, Columbia, NYU, Santa Clara and many more.

a ffOrdable tuitiOn


he average tuition cost per year for international students is around $6,000 USD. By completing two years of general education and lower-division major requirements at Foothill or De Anza, you can complete a bachelor’s degree at half the cost because you can transfer the academic credit

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e give all students an opportunity to earn a great education. Our admission policy is flexible. If you have completed secondary school


“It’s California! The weather is awesome. Foothill is so beautiful and green. There are a lot of gardens to study in, so you’re not just stuck in the library. Everything around you is helping you to succeed. School can be intimidating, it can be hard, but it’s just amazing how Foothill is here for you. It’s a dream come true. Heaven!” Yulia Khouri (Ukraine) Foothill AS transferred to UC Berkeley

fOOthill & de a nza highlights


oothill and De Anza are national leaders in providing comprehensive, state-of-theart instruction. Each year, more than 2,600 international students from more than 70 countries choose to pursue their education at our campuses. We are members of the prestigious League for Innovation in the Community College, a consortium of the most recognized, innovative and forward-thinking colleges in North America; and both are accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges. Our Recent Success Stories: • In a 2010 study, Foothill and De Anza Colleges ranked first and second for transfer success among all community colleges in California. • Foothill-De Anza’s former chancellor, Martha Kanter, currently serves as the Undersecretary of Education in Barack Obama’s administration. • Bill Gates visited us to observe our innovative mathematics program.

judged by Silicon Valley business leaders from Google, Wells Fargo and venture capital firms. • We are completing a halfbillion dollar campus renovation, including award-winning buildings. As a student at Foothill or De Anza, you have access to: • Outstanding transfer relationships with highly selective universities; • The first two years of most fields of study offered at any university; • Instruction from nationally recognized faculty — not teaching assistants; • Affordable tuition; • State-of-the-art computer labs, libraries and technology facilities;

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• Small class size with individual attention; • Honors Institute with scholarships, transfer admission agreements and participation in the UCLA TAP (preferred admission) program (Foothill).

• Foothill created an Entrepreneur Center and a Business Plan Competition



ive and study in one of the most exciting and beautiful parts of the world! Our colleges are located in the heart of the world-renowned Silicon Valley, 45 minutes south of San Francisco and 20 minutes west of San Jose, the 10th largest city in the U.S., with more than 6,000 technology companies. Explore the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation with the

nearby headquarters of Apple, Yahoo!, Google, HP, Oracle, Cisco, eBay, Adobe and many others that maintain close working relationships with both colleges. The multi-ethnic mix in the San Francisco Bay Area blends many heritages — Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, African and European. Inexpensive bus, train and light rail serve Silicon Valley

and the colleges. With 300 sunny days and an average 21° C year round, we offer a truly Californian lifestyle. The varied geography and climates of Northern California invite students to enjoy both Pacific Coast beaches and mountain sports within easy driving distance. Located within a 3–5 hour drive are such jewels of America as Yosemite National Park, Los Angeles and Hollywood, warm beaches of

Southern California, Napa Valley and Lake Tahoe. If you are a sports fan, you can cheer for our popular professional teams — the 49ers and Raiders football, Giants and A’s baseball, Golden State Warriors basketball and Sharks ice hockey. The metropolitan city of San Francisco features unparalleled art and museum venues, fine restaurants and exciting nightlife.


“De Anza represents the San Francisco Bay Area because it’s a diverse place in terms of people, food, places, religion, and new ideas. At De Anza, you can experience all this in a peaceful place. You can enjoy all the world here!” Keisuke Goda (Japan) De Anza AS UC Berkeley BS Attending MIT for a PhD


US Education System

Inspirational Equation for a Bachelor’s Degree from a Top University #1 in transfers to the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems combined • Get inspired to make your transfer goal a reality by starting your undergraduate coursework at FHDA and then transferring into the third year at highly selective universities across the U.S. Take advantage of our flexible admissions, academic reputation, and special articulation and transfer admission guarantees with four-year universities. • Save on tuition costs when you receive academic credit for FHDA courses at all UCs and CSUs, and other public/private universities, such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, USF, Pepperdine, FIDM, University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison and many more.

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transfer a dmissiOn guarantees These agreements offer guaranteed admission to international students upon completion of required courses at FHDA with a minimum grade point average (GPA). GPA is an average score of your grades/marks in college classes (to a maximum of 4.0). University

Comparable Costs for One year of Tuition

GPA Requirement

UC Davis _____________________________________________________________ 3.2–3.3 UC Irvine __________________________________________________________________3.2 UC Santa Cruz _____________________________________________________________3.0 UC Merced ____________________________________________________________ 2.8–3.0 UC Riverside ______________________________________________________________3.0 UC San Diego _____________________________________________________________3.5 UC Santa Barbara __________________________________________________________3.2 Cornell University (Engineering Program ) _______________________________________3.5 Santa Clara University ___________________________________________________ 3.3–3.5 Mills College _______________________________________________________________3.0 University of the Pacific ______________________________________________________3.0 Golden Gate University ______________________________________________________ 2.0 Notre Dame de Namur University ______________________________________________ 2.5 Menlo College _____________________________________________________________ 2.0 Palo Alto University (BS in Psychology completion program on our campuses) __________ 2.0 University of San Francisco __________________________________________________ 2.75 UCLA: Preferred Admission (TAP through Foothill Honors Institute) ___________________ 3.6


Stanford University University of CSU System California Berkeley San Francisco State

Community Colleges— Foothill & De Anza Colleges





Estimated Annual Tuition & Fees for Three Quarters*

Estimated Living Expenses for Three Quarters

Tuition (12 units/quarter):

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Mandatory Health Insurance:


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Estimated Total:


tOtal estimated cOst fOr three Quarters : $19,318 usd

*Estimate based on enrollment in 12 units/quarter. Additional courses $159/ unit. International students may work on campus only up to 20 hours per week. Financial aid is not available tointernational students; however, there are some scholarships for second-year and honors students. Tuition is subject to change.

Student Diversity:


Foothill College

Our classes


he technology and economic revolution centered in Silicon Valley draws amazingly talented students, faculty and staff to Foothill and De Anza from all over the world. Faculty Excellence Virtually all faculty hold a master’s or doctorate degree in their fields and are noted for their outstanding performance in the classroom. Recently, one

De Anza College


of our faculty members was named California Professor of the Year. Foothill and De Anza classes are taught by faculty — not by teaching assistants, as they are during the first two years at most four-year universities.



Class Size & Enrollment Maximum Class Size: 36 Average Class Size: 25 Quarterly Enrollment at Foothill: 18,000 students at De Anza: 24,000 students







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ife is quieter and more reflective on the Foothill campus. The parklike setting and award-winning architecture encourage close relationships between students and faculty. Recent news includes California

Professor of the Year award and creation of the nation’s first VMware Academy. Built in 1961, the campus is located on 122 acres or 49 hectares in Los Altos Hills, a comfortable upper middle-class community near Stanford University.


The American Institute of Architects has twice honored Foothill for its outstanding design. It has been called “the most beautiful community college ever built.” Quarterly enrollment averages 18,000 students.

“The mentoring and special attention I received from my Foothill teachers guided me into my career in economics. They’re much more caring than the professors I’ve had at Stanford or Harvard.” Kirill Dimitriev (Ukraine) Foothill AS Stanford BS Harvard MBA


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n 40 years De Anza College has educated more than 700,000 students. More than 60 buildings are located on a beautiful and busy 112-acre or 45-hectare campus in Cupertino, and are a blending of Spanish and modern architecture.

Our students receive local, state and national honors for exceptional achievement. For instance, recently our math students scored No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation in the Student Mathematics League Competition. De Anza is a place for students to


excel. Quarterly enrollment averages 24,000 students.

“The teachers were always there to help. To tell me what I could do, what I could take, what fit together. They were always great.� Denise Friedrich (Germany) De Anza AA transferred to UC Berkeley


On-campus suppOrt at bOth cOlleges


ur International Student Programs have multilingual, caring staff on each campus to help you achieve your goals and make your experience in California as successful as possible. Orientation & Guidance Program You will join other international students and participate in a required weeklong orientation course approximately one month before the start of your first quarter. During this week, you will get to know the

test), or 500 (paper-based test) TOEFL or 6.0 IELTS score to gain admission to either college. If your TOEFL score is between 475 and 499, you are eligible to participate in our Summer Intensive English Program during July and August. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be guaranteed admission to either college in September. This program is available only to students who intend to begin their studies at the start of our Fall Quarter.

international staff who will conduct a comprehensive orientation covering issues from personal adjustment to planning for transfer to registration for your first quarter of classes. The friendships you develop during orientation week will provide you with support and companionship during your entire stay in the United States. Orientation attendance is mandatory. English as a Second Language Program If you need to improve your English skills, each college offers a comprehensive English as a Second Language Program at six different levels of proficiency. You will focus on speech communication, grammar, reading skills, composition, listening comprehension, pronunciation and conversation. Generally, we require that you achieve a 61 (IBT) or 173 (computer-based


Academic Counseling You will meet frequently with one of our international student counselors to ensure that you are making progress toward achieving your educational goal. These counselors are experts in their field and work exclusively with our international students. Tutorial Services Our on-campus Tutorial Centers can help you achieve academic success by providing individual and group tutoring at no charge. Faculty-recommended tutors provide assistance for students enrolled in most subjects. There are also content-based workshops led by professional staff that provide additional instruction in many subjects.

Health Services On-campus Health Centers are staffed by a team of trained, qualified medical personnel who provide general health care services. Purchasing comprehensive health insurance that is available through the colleges is mandatory. Fees will be collected each quarter to pay for this coverage. Computer Labs As you might expect in Silicon Valley, technology on both campuses is cutting edge. Our computer labs feature hundreds of individual work-

seriously about living in a homestay for their first months in the United States. In addition to providing an affordable private room and meals, the program gives you the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in American culture by living with a host who is supportive of your educational goals. Foothill and De Anza work closely with International Student Placements (ISP), a private company, which provides placements with carefully screened local families. ISP can also arrange airport pick-up services. For details, access ISP online at ISP can also provide support in finding apartments. And, the on-campus International Student Programs Office provides lists of apartment complexes frequently used by our international students.

stations offering both PC and Macintosh platforms, and all are networked with fiber optics for high-speed Internet access. The labs are open during day, evening and weekend hours so you can complete class assignments, and every student has free access to the Internet. Housing Foothill and De Anza, like most community colleges, do not have dormitories. Students live either in homestays with local families or in apartments near the campuses, which they share with other students. We urge most students to think

Additional Opportunities & Support Services Our colleges offer you a comprehensive selection of


support services to facilitate your success. These services include University Transfer Centers, Career Centers, Disability Resource Centers, Honors Institutes, Libraries and Media Centers; extensive online and video-based Distance Learning Programs; Math and Writing Centers; Pass the Torch Peer Study Teams; Student Success Centers; internships and other partnerships with many Silicon Valley companies. Exclusive services for international students range from extensive staff support, with six full-time international counselors on each campus to monthly coffee hours, free tickets to Celebrity Forum, International Night and Lunar New Year celebrations, iceskating and field trips around the Bay Area, International Student Graduation Reception, and more. “The counselors develop an educational plan, give you good advice and tell you what you have to do to stay on the right track.� Rocken Law (Hong Kong) De Anza AS transferred to UC Santa Cruz

inspiratiOn tO enjOy — campus life & actiVities


t Foothill and De Anza, we believe that your college experience should also be fun! Joining a campus club, participating in student government, or playing on one of our athletic teams is a great way to enrich your academic experience, develop leadership skills, build achievements for a university transfer application and professional resume, and make lasting friendships.

Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society Asian Pacific Islander Club Black Student Union Business Club Environmental Action Club Film & Television Guild Gay-Straight Alliance Hong Kong Connection Indonesian Student Club International Connection Japanese Club Latino Club Muslim Student Association One World Society Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Taiwanese Student Union Vietnamese Student Association

Join a Campus Club There are more than 60 clubs on the campuses, including

In addition, there are many clubs that focus on specific sports and other interests.


Be a Leader Demonstrating leadership on campus will make your university transfer application stand out from the competition. Our student government leaders are some of the hardest working groups of student leaders in California, and on our campuses top positions are often held by international students. From lobbying for the interests of college students throughout the state and nation to helping local charities and civic causes, participating in student government is a valuable experience.

Play a Sport If you’re interested in casual recreation, you can enroll in one of our many physical education classes or participate in the intramural program. Our athletic facilities are world class, it’s a great way to meet people, and it’s fun. If you want to play on a college team, you can pursue inter-collegiate athletics. We have men’s and women’s teams in almost all sports that are available on any American college campus.


“It’s big, it’s diverse, it’s cool and it’s fun. There are club days, and often lots of activities going on in the patio—it’s fun.” Ana Schulze (Brazil) De Anza AA transferred to Whitworth College

inspiratiOn tO succeed — academics &transfer University Transfer Majors


t Foothill or De Anza, you can complete the first two years of almost any major field of study offered at any university and get complete credit for your work when you transfer. In addition to traditional majors, you can get a competitive edge by studying the hottest fields of the future such as bioinformatics, nanotechnology and video game development. Our most popular university transfer majors are:* Accounting American Studies Animation (D) Anthropology Architecture Art: General, History & Studio options Athletic Injury Care (F) Biological Sciences Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy & Pre-Veterinary options Biotechnology (F) Business Administration Business Entrepreneurship (F) Business International Studies Chemistry Child Development Chinese (F) Communications Computer-Aided Design (D) Computer Information Systems Computer Science Computer Software Development (F) Creative Writing Database Management Economics Engineering English Enterprise Networking (F) Cisco Academy Environmental Horticulture & Design (F) Environmental Studies (D) Ethnic Studies

Theatre Arts (F) Theatre Technology (F) Women’s Studies

Film & Television Production (D) French (D) General Studies: Humanities, Science & Social Science options Geographic Information Systems (F) Geography German Global Studies (D) Graphic & Interactive Design History Informatics Information Technology Intercultural Studies (D) International Relations Japanese Journalism (D) Law & Society (F) Liberal Arts Management Marketing Management Mathematics Music Music Technology (F) Nanoscience (F) Nursing (D) Philosophy Photography Physical Education Physics Political Science Psychology Radio Broadcasting (F) Sociology Spanish Speech Communication

* Most majors are offered at either college. Those marked with (D) are strongest at De Anza College; those marked with (F) are strongest at Foothill College.

“When I first came to the U.S., I felt that my chances of getting into an Ivy League school were small. Foothill gave me the hope and strength to achieve my dream and to earn a degree from Harvard.” Adrian Rahardja (Indonesia) Foothill AA Harvard MA


assOciate degrees


oothill and De Anza award the Associate in Arts (AA) and the Associate in Science (AS) degrees in more than 100 fields of study. One-half of these degrees are earned by students who transfer into the third year of study at a university, while the other half are degrees in vocational fields earned by students who plan to go directly into the job market. More than 90 percent of international students on our campuses are completing the first two years of requirements for transfer to a university.

certificate prOgrams


ertificate programs are designed for students interested in programs with a high degree of specialization and generally require less than two years of fulltime study to complete (6 to 12-month), for example:

Accounting (F & D) Animation (D) Bioinformatics (F) Business International Studies (F) Computer Information Systems (D) Computer Software Development (F) Environmental Studies (D) Film & Television Production (D) Graphic & Interactive Design (F & D) Interactive & Multimedia Technologies (F) Internet Technology (F) Marketing Management (D) Music Technology (F) Oracle Database Administration & Developer (F) Photography (F & D) Theatre Technology (F) (F & D) offered at both colleges (F) offered only at Foothill College (D) offered only at De Anza College

“Technology on the campus is state of the art and the teaching in technology is the best. I gained all the skills I needed in multimedia to get many great job offers upon my return to Sweden.� Jonas Jacobson (Sweden) Foothill AS University of Southern California BS


English to successfully complete college work in the United States. A minimum score or higher on any of the following examinations is required for admission: TOEFL – 500 paper or 61 iBT; IELTS – 6.0; iTEP Academic – Level 4; Pearson PTE Academic – 45.

the a pplicatiOn prOcess


ou can get an application form from our website at www. or by contacting us directly. You must choose which campus you want to attend and submit your completed application to that campus only. Materials must be submitted by the application deadline with a non-refundable application fee of $75 USD. Upon admission, acceptance documents will be sent by courier and all shipments outside of the U.S. will be charged a $60 USD non-refundable fee to cover the expense. English Requirements You must be able to speak, read, write and understand

Register to take the tests 1 – 2 months before the application deadline at the latest. Registration information for TOEFL is available at and for IELTS at If your test score is below our minimum for admission, you may participate in our Summer Intensive English Program for guaranteed enrollment in the Fall Quarter (for students with a TOEFL of 475–499 PBT; 151–172 CBT; 52–60 IBT; or IELTS 5.0–5.9), or attend one of

our partner language schools to improve your English. Application Records Review International admissions staff at each campus will review all records and forms you submit. An email message is generally sent to inform you that your materials have arrived and whether anything additional is needed, so be certain to include a current email address! You will then receive a letter of acceptance and Form I-20 as well as registration, housing and counseling information.

Application Deadlines Fall Quarter Classes start the third week of September. Application materials deadline:

June 30

Winter Quarter Classes start the second week of January. Application materials deadline: October 31 Spring Quarter Classes start the first week of April. Application materials deadline:


January 31

Form I-20 and F-1 Visa When you receive the I-20 form, you should apply for an F-1 student visa at the U.S. embassy or consulate in your country. You should bring with you an I-20, passport and supporting financial documents. You should also be prepared to demonstrate to consular officers your intention to return to your home country upon completion of your studies. The F-1 visa permits you to enter the United States and remain here only while pursuing a full-time academic course of study. As an international student, you must complete a minimum of 12 units of academic credit each quarter to maintain valid F-1 student status.

“Great and influential teachers. I think that’s the beauty of Foothill College. I can definitely say that I was only able to transfer to UC Berkeley because they made it possible.” Azusa Matsumoto (Japan) Foothill AA UC Berkeley BA Kyushu University MA

“My major is computer science and the school gave me a lot of opportunities to develop my skills in that area. Since the college is located in the Silicon Valley, they have really good computer classes and the instructors are great. It has given me the best possible future.�

cOntact us


ontact us for more information, to request an application or to schedule a visit.

Foothill College International Programs 12345 El Monte Road Los Altos Hills, CA 94022 USA

De Anza College International Programs 21250 Stevens Creek Blvd. Cupertino, CA 95014 USA



TEl: Fax: Foothill-De Anza District Board of TrusteesJoan Barram; Betsy Bechtel; Pearl Cheng; Laura Casas Frier; Bruce Swenson; Stephanie McGee, Foothill Student Trustee; Emily Kinner, De Anza Student Trustee

(650) 949-7293 (650) 949-7080

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Nondiscrimination StatementFoothill College is committed to achieving excellence through inclusion and providing a climate that welcomes and promotes respect for the contributions of all students, faculty and staff. Foothill College does not discriminate against any person in the provision of any program or service based on age, color, gender, marital status, national or ethnic origin, physical/mental disability, race, religion or sexual orientation. .

(408) 864-8826 (408) 864-5638

Limited English Proficiency Policy Prospective students are advised that a lack of English lProspective students are advised that a lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission to, or participation in vocational education programs at Foothill College or De Anza College as long as other, if any, program admission standards are met. This notice is a requirement of the Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination & Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color,


Alberto Barenna (Peru) De Anza AA transferring to Santa Clara University

National Origin, Sex and Handicap (Federal Register, Vol. 44, No 56). To be considered for admission to the colleges, prospective international students will be required to demonstrate a specific level of English language ability.

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