New Student Information
Congratulations on your admission to MiraCosta College!
Step 1 - SEVIS I-20/F-1 Visa Application
- Complete Intent to Enroll Form and receive SEVIS I-20 from MiraCosta College
- Apply for a Student Visa
- Review Mandatory New Student Orientation Information & Pre-arrival Guide
Step 2 - Pre-departure Guide
- Complete Online Registration Form
- Housing Information
- Find Temporary Housing
- Make Flight Arrangement
- Money Matters
- What to Pack
- Arrival in the U.S.
- How to Print Your I-94 Card
Step 3 - Class Registration Guide
- Report to MiraCosta College
- Placement Tests
- New Student Orientation
- Class Registration Information
- Important Dates
- International Student Accident and Sickness insurance Information
Applying for a Student Visa?
Once you have received a SEVIS I-20 Form from MiraCosta College, you can begin the student visa application process. Download the F-1 visa application guide.
Here are the steps for applying to the F-1 visa:
- Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee online at www.fmjfee.com. The fee is called a SEVIS I-901 Fee and is collected by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The fee can be paid by mail or online. The fee can be paid by the student or by someone else (family member or friend) inside or outside the US. For more information on how to pay the SEVIS Fee, please visit the Department of Homeland Security Website.
- After you have obtained your receipt of SEVIS fee payment (receipt is called I-797), contact the United States Embassy located in your country to make an appointment for receiving your F-1 visa. All appointments must be made online. Please read the online appointment instructions. Prepare Online Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160).
- Take the SEVIS I-901 payment receipt, entire I-20 and original documents showing proof of financial support to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you made the visa appointment for. To prepare for your visa interview, find the important 10 points to remember.
- You can visit the Bureu of Consular Affairs for approximate wait times by embassy location. If approved, the visa will be placed in your passport. See sample below.
Housing is the responsibility of the individual student and/or sponsor. MiraCosta College does not provide dormitories or college-approved housing for students. Below are listed some web sites and phone numbers of companies/organizations that can assist you with planning your arrival to San Diego County. MiraCosta College assumes no responsibility and has no knowledge of the condition of housing advertised or the character/reputation of housing providers. Information furnished is for your convenience only. It is compiled from and readily available on the internet.
Finding housing is an important step for new students. What should you consider before making a housing decision?
Step 1: Consider your budget
Host family A typical cost to stay with a host family is:
- $900 per month for a single room
- $200 per month for personal food
- $50 -$150 per month for some expenses like cell phone or other personal services
Private apartments and homes A typical apartment costs:
- $1800-$2000 per month for two bedrooms (most apartments are NOT furnished)
- $200 per month for utilities like electricity, heat, water, internet
- $200 + per month for food
Step 2: Decide how you will handle arriving to the United States
Finding the right housing option will be difficult from long distance. Finding an apartment, signing a rental contract, and deciding an appropriate location to live can take months. A homestay services can provide an immediate housing option and provide airport pickup from San Diego. If you would like to live with a host family either temporarily or permanently you can contact the following resource:
Step 3: Learn about the neighborhoods around MiraCosta College
- Oceanside Chamber of Commerce web site offers information on relocation to the Oceanside area, local attractions, and area map, etc. You can also get information on temporary housing (hotels/motels) options. Use 92056 zip code to locate hotels/motels that are close to our Oceanside campus.
- Discover the cities and communities around MiraCosta campuses:
Step 4: Understand rental contract and other matters
To rent an apartment or a room from a private home, you are required to sign a lease (rental contract) for 6 months to one year. Before signing a least, you should ask appropriate questions to understand what your responsibilities are as a renter.
Roommate is like a business partner. You need to know someone well enough to trust them to pay bills, respect your belongings and yourself. Before committing to a roommate, you should ask how rent and expenses will be divided and how they are paid. When living in an apartment, you should expect to pay for all furniture and possible moving expenses. Besides rent, you should expect to pay for electricity, water/trash pickup, cleaning supplies, and other shared expenses.
- The Oceanside Chamber of Commerce has a list of local hotels.
- Make sure you make the hotel reservation before arriving in Oceanside.
The list below has information for 5 hotels/motels located near MiraCosta College
3190 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056
3170 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA 92056
3240 East Mission Avenue, Oceanside, CA 92054
|La Quinta Inn|| 937 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Making Flight Arrangement
- First check the new student orientation dates listed on your I-20. You can arrive up to 30 days prior to the new student orientation.
- Consider flying to San Diego (SAN) or Carlsbad (CLD) for easier transportation to Oceanside.
- Coaster Train runs between downtown San Diego to the Transit Center in Oceanside
- Breeze bus lines offer convenient routes to take you from the Transit Center in Oceanside to neighboring areas.
- Another option is to fly to Los Angeles (LAX) and take public transportation to Oceanside.
- First take the flyaway bus from the airport to the Los Angeles Union Station.
- Once you are at the Union Station, you can take the Metrolink Train directly to the Transit Center in Oceanside. You can find more information on the train stations and train schedules by using the Metrolink website.
- Airport pick-up services can be arranged directly with the Y.E.S. ESL International Inc. or Homestay Services International
Estimated Cost of Attendance for the first semester at MiraCosta College
Find the latest Estimated fees and cost of attendance on our website.
* Fees are subject to change without prior notification.
- Parking: All vehicles parking on campus are required to display a valid parking permit: four-wheeled vehicles--$35 per semester (during the summer session, it is $17.50); it is full price for a second permit. Exception: vehicles displaying a valid California disabled placard are not required to purchase a parking permit.
- Student ID card is $6. The student ID card supports a variety of college services such as using computer and language labs, and writing checks in the college bookstore. A valid student ID card serves as the MCC library card, expediting access to the library circulating collection and academic reserve collections. Students without a valid MCC student ID card will be asked to provide proof of current semester registration along with a government-issued photo ID and proof of current address. ID cardholders also receive discounts at various North County businesses such as movie theatres. ID cards and replacements are issued at the Student Activities Office on both campuses.
- Tuition and fees must be paid at the time of registration during the new student orientation.
- Students can pay tuition and fees using U.S. dollars, Master or Visa cards.
- The transportation estimated cost above does not include the cost purchasing a car.
- Living expenses varies based on housing option. Prepare a minimum of $1,000 cash for initial cost.
What to Pack
- Appropriate clothing. (See Weather in Oceanside.)
- Carry your passport, I-20, money and all official documents in your carry-on luggage.
- If you have medical insurance valid in the U.S., bring proof of coverage in English. You must have insurance while attending MiraCosta.
- Money. A US credit card (Visa or Mastercard) will be useful in the U.S. You will need at least $4,000 USD for the initial expenses including tuition and housing fees.
- Cultural items. You may consider bringing traditional clothing or other small unbreakable items that help you share your culture with others. Many students enjoy wearing traditional clothing for special occasions such as the annual "International College Hour."
- Please note US electrical current is AC110. It may be better to buy small electrical appliances in the US if yours operate on direct current.
Complete Online Registration Form
- As a new student, you are required to complete the online registration form. This is the first step towards your class registration. When completing the online registration form, you can leave the Social Security Number field blank if you don't have the number. If you currently do not have an address in the U.S., you can use your address in your home country. Once your online registration form is submitted and processed by the college, you will receive a student ID number for you to log in to the online registration system. After taking the placement tests and meeting with the academic counselor, you will be ready to register for your first semester classes!
Arriving in the U.S.
- Important information regarding your arrival in the U.S.
- New Arrival Process for International Students
- Foreign visitors arriving in the U.S.—only via air or sea—who need to prove their legal-visitor status—to employers, schools/universities or government agencies—will be able to access their U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrival/departure record information online when the agency starts its records automation on April 30, 2013. With the new CBP process, a CBP officer will stamp the travel document of each arriving non-immigrant traveler. The admission stamp will show the date of admission, class of admission, and the date that the traveler is admitted until. Travelers will also receive on arrival a flier alerting them to go to CBP.gov/I94 for their admission record information.
- Retrieve your I-94 number.
Reporting to MiraCosta College
- After you arrive in Oceanside, the International Office would like to meet you and welcome you to the college! You should visit the International Office as soon as possible to begin class registration. The International Office is located in room 3443 inside building 3400. See directions to MiraCosta College and the campus maps.
- Please bring the following documents with you when you visit the International Office:
- Passport & F-1 Visa
- Form I-20 & I-94
- Local Address Info
Are you READY to enroll in your first semester classes? Be sure to complete the following steps:
- R - complete the Online Registration Form
- E - take English and Math placement tests at MiraCosta College
- A - meet an Academic counselor at the International Office
- D - Don't wait to pay for the student insurance
- Y - You are ready to log in to SURF and begin registering for classes
Download the Arriving to MiraCosta College guide to get ready for your first semester
How to Print your I-94 Card
Click here to print your I-94 Card.
ESL Placement Test
- The TOEFL requirement is used for admission purpose only. All student attending MiraCosta College, American students and international students, will take an English placement test upon arrival.
- English placement test will determine what classes you can take.
Math Placement Test
- Math placement test is required for all students interested in college degrees.
- MiraCosta offers 4 math tests. Each students selects one test to take upon arrival.
- The Academic Counselor will explain your math requirement.
A math review is available for each test online. Reviewing will help you brush up on your math skills before you come in to take the test.
- You may also purchase a math review packet (of the same material online) in our bookstore on either campus for about $2.50. They are available for each of the test levels: (1) algebra readiness, (2) elementary algebra, (3) intermediate algebra, and (4) pre-calculus.
New Student Orientation
Who must attend the Orientation?
All international students, regardless of whether you are a first-time student in the U.S. or a transfer student from another institution in the U.S., must attend the New Student Orientation. By attending the New Student Orientation and Advisement, you may enroll during first priority enrollment period based on the number of units completed at MiraCosta College. It is recommended that you also complete the Online Orientation and complete the quiz at the end to receive credit for this portion of matriculation.
Directions to complete the Online Orientation:
- Log in to your SURF account using your SURF ID and password.
- On the right side of the Student Center screen locate the “MiraCosta Links” section.
- Click on the Matriculation link to take you to the Matriculation Activity Guide.
- Follow the steps to complete Orientation, Advisement, and the Abbreviated Education Plan.
Read the Technical Requirements section before viewing the presentation.
When should you attend the Orientation?
Check the dates for the orientation.
Why should you attend the Orientation?
- Transition is easier in a supportive environment.
- Finding your way around before other students arrive.
- Chance to meet other new and returning students, faculty and staff.
- By attending both the online and in-person orientation sessions, you will complete the requirement to become a matriculated student and can enroll in classes earlier.
Download the Academic Calendars
- First Day of Fall 19 Class Enrollment for New Students: May 22, 2019
- New Student Orientation: August 12 & 13, 2019
- New Student Orientation Field Trip: August 14, 2019
- First Day of Spring 2019 Classes: August 19, 2019
- Final Exams: December 10-13, 2019
- Spring 2020 Classes start: January 21, 2020
- Before class registration, you must taking the placement tests and schedule a counseling appointment to select classes.
International students are required to demonstrate English proficiency before acceptance into academic classes. Because MiraCosta offers credit ESL classes to help non-native English speakers, our minimum TOEFL test score assumes students will take ESL classes while attending college.
Sample class selections based on TOEFL scores
|If you have a TOEFL 46-60, you can expect to register for:|
|Sample FIRST Semester|
|English writing I|
|If you have a TOEFL 61-79, you can expect to register for:|
|Sample FIRST Semester|
|English writing II|
|university level class|
|If you have a TOEFL above 80, you can expect to register for:|
|Sample FIRST Semester|
|university level class|
|university level class|
Now you are ready to register for classes, go to www.miracosta.edu then select “SURF” from the dropdown menu.
- Under STUDENTS, select “Get your student SURF ID & password here”
- By using the information on your counselor arrival checklist sheet, enter the last four digits of your social security number or student assigned national ID, your date of birth and last name.
- Change your password according to the password rules on the web page.
- When your password is successfully changed, type in your student SURF ID and new password in the two boxes to log into your SURF account.
Steps to register for your classes in SURF (make sure you have enough money to pay for all classes BEFORE registering)
- Log into your SURF account by typing in your SURF ID (W-------) and new password.
- From your SURF page, select Main Menu>Self Service>Enrollment>Enrollment: Add Classes
- If you already know the four-digit class section number, then enter the number in class number to enroll. Otherwise, click the green “Search” button.
- Select your class from “Course Subject” dropdown menu then type in the course number in the right box (ex. English as a Second Language for course subject and course number 49 for ESL49)
- You see the complete list of all class sections for the class. Green circle means the class is still open, Yellow triangle means the class is full but you can put your name on the waitlist, blue square means the class is completely closed. Select one class that is best for you in terms of class meeting dates, time and instructor)
- Press “select class” button for the class you want and hit ”next” buttons.
- When you see “your class has been added to your shopping cart” message and “proceed to step 2 of 3, you press the green search button again and search for the next class you want to enroll. Repeat this process for all classes.
- When you are done putting all your classes in your shopping cart, then select “submit” again. Press the same button until it says, “Finish Enrolling”
- When you finish enrolling in all classes, then go to Main Menu>Self Service>Campus Finances>Make Payment
- Enter your credit card information then hit submit. When it says “your payment has been accepted” you are done!