Arizona: The First Step in Higher Education!
Glendale Community College offers international students superior academic opportunities, unique cultural experiences, and a friendly campus environment. Students enrolling here are able to complete the first two years of an undergraduate bachelor's degree program in a setting dedicated to quality teaching in small classes.
Students receive individual attention from instructors while utilizing advanced technology -- all at a cost considerably less than larger four-year institutions. Moreover, Glendale Community College is fully accredited and maintains a close working relationship with all of the major state-supported universities in Arizona (such as Arizona State University or the University of Arizona), making transfers to those larger institutions easy and convenient.
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The Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) Program is designed for international students or local students who need to improve their English language proficiency before undertaking an academic program of study. Students in the IESL will take a combination of English as a second language (ESL) classes appropriate to their level in such areas as grammar, reading, vocabulary development, conversation, listening, pronunciation practice, and composition skills. In addition, students will be scheduled for sessions in the learning assistance center, the computer lab, and the language lab. Altogether, IESL students will be busy studying English for 20-25 hours per week.
IESL admission requirements are similar to academic programs, and are open to any student who has finished high school, who has at least an intermediate command of English, and who wants to prepare for a college-level academic program. Students applying from outside the United States will have to qualify for an F-1 student visa in order to be allowed to enter the USA to study.
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Other Outstanding Features at Glendale: For more than thirty years, Glendale Community College has been offering educational programs of the highest quality at an affordable cost. Students from all over the world are attracted to the college by its outstanding features:
While all efforts have been made to present complete and accurate information, changes in tuition and fees, course fees, student services, nonresident tuition, etc., may be made without notice.
Evidence of financial support will be required prior to issuance of the I-20 form (Application for a Student Visa). Financial support of at least $17,300 per year must be documented. A bank statement showing that your sponsor has sufficient funds on deposit must be included with the application. The college has no scholarship provisions for foreign students; therefore, students must be fully prepared to meet the necessary financial obligations for the full time they will be in the United States.
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Glendale Community College's International Students Center (ISC) has two main goals: to bring more students from around the world to our campus, and to provide full services to them once they are here. More than 140 international students are currently enrolled, with over 50 countries represented. The ISP is committed to helping students from other countries in all stages of their educational experience; ISP provides a supportive place for nonimmigrant international students to meet each other, get information about housing in the area, to find out how to get a social security card or driver's license, or about things to see and do in Phoenix and the surrounding Valley. In addition, the center is the contact point for the International Students Association, which is a campus club for all GCC students that promotes international awareness and understanding. The director of the center can also help students who have questions about college life, American culture, or United States immigration regulations.
Academic Programs at Glendale Community College
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More Facts about Glendale Community College: Glendale is a public two-year community college, enrolling approximately 32,000 students annually. GCC is the second-largest institution of the Maricopa Community Colleges, the largest community college system in the United States.
Accreditation: Glendale Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. GCC is approved by the State Board of Directors for Community Colleges of Arizona.
Glendale, Arizona is located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, one of the fastest-growing cities in the U.S.A. Arizona's scenic attractions and sunny, warm weather make it a favorite vacation destination.
We look forward to welcoming you to Glendale Community College! To learn more, review all of our programs and select the ones that interest you. Then complete the inquiry form, and we'll respond to you directly. You are also welcome to visit our website directly.