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About the University ๐Ÿซ


Colleges of Contra Costa: Your Gateway to Quality Education Near San Francisco

Brief History

Founded in 1949, Colleges of Contra Costa has been a cornerstone of higher education in the Pleasant Hill area for over seven decades. Located just 45 minutes from the bustling city of San Francisco, it offers a unique blend of suburban tranquility and urban excitement.

Student Life

  • Diverse Community: With approximately 22,000 students, including 1,000 international students from over 70 countries, the campus is a melting pot of cultures.
  • Student Clubs: Whether you're into sports, arts, or academics, there's a student club for you. Engage, learn, and grow outside the classroom.


  • Interactive Classrooms: Benefit from smaller class sizes that ensure personalized attention and a stronger sense of community.
  • Amenities: The campus offers a range of amenities from libraries to cafeterias and sports facilities, enhancing your Study Abroad experience.

Career Opportunities

  • Focus on Bachelor's Programs: Whether you're looking to complete an entire bachelor's degree or just a semester, Colleges of Contra Costa offers a variety of programs to suit your academic needs.
  • Personalized Guidance: Known for their interactive approach, the educators and staff at DVC are committed to your success, offering career advice and internship opportunities.

Quick Facts

  • Location: Pleasant Hill, 45 minutes from San Francisco
  • Student Population: Approximately 22,000
  • International Students: Over 1,000 from more than 70 countries

Colleges of Contra Costa provides a safe, friendly, and academically enriching environment, making it a top choice for your Study Abroad journey.


About the city ๐ŸŒ‡


San Francisco: The Ultimate Study Abroad Destination

A Brief History

Founded in 1776 by the Spaniards, San Francisco was initially a modest fort near the present-day Golden Gate Bridge. The city's fortunes dramatically changed with the Gold Rush of 1848, catapulting its population from a mere 1,000 to a staggering 25,000. This pivotal moment established San Francisco as an economic powerhouse in the United States.

The Modern Metropolis

  • Population: Home to 8.7 million residents, San Francisco is a bustling hub of activity.
  • Business & Tech Hub: As the headquarters for multibillion-dollar companies like Google, Facebook, and LinkedIn, the city offers unparalleled networking and career development opportunities. Its proximity to Silicon Valley makes it a hotspot for tech innovation.

Student Life & Budget

  • Culinary Delights: From food trucks to Michelin-starred restaurants, the city offers a range of dining options to fit a student budget.
  • Example: A meal at a mid-range restaurant: $20-$40
  • Nightlife: Known for its vibrant nightlife, you'll find a variety of bars and clubs to suit any taste.
  • Example: Average cost of a beer: $6-$9

Attractions & Distances

  • Iconic Landmarks: Must-visit attractions include the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Coit Tower.
  • Example: Distance from Colleges of Contra Costa to Golden Gate Bridge: 45 minutes
  • Outdoor Activities: Explore stunning coastlines like the Presidio or Golden Gate Park, and relax on beaches like North Beach or Santa Cruz.
  • Example: Distance to Presidio: 50 minutes

Quick Getaways

  • Napa Valley: Just a few hours away, indulge in some of the world's best wines.
  • Lake Tahoe: A perfect weekend escape for skiing and snowboarding.

Why Study Abroad in San Francisco?

With its ideal climate, rich history, and endless opportunities for personal and professional growth, San Francisco offers an unparalleled Study Abroad experience.


Housing Opportunities๐Ÿซ



4stay, Colleges of Contra Costa offers students a variety of homes and rooms for rent around campus. You can search for both fully furnished and unfurnished apartments, private rooms, shared rooms and entire homes on both a semester and annual basis. 4STAY is a form of Airbnb with student housing.


4STAY is a trustworthy housing platform, and is part of the Colleges of Contra Costa's dedicated housing search assistance.


See more here.



Students have the opportunity to experience authentic American culture through Homestay. The Homestay solution is a guaranteed location for a family that wants to host an international student and can give you a true insight into the American way of life. Students get a room and several meals a day for a total of $900 a month.


What is particularly popular about Homestay is that you just tie up for 2 months, which is a super short period when talking about housing in California. This means that in principle you can take half a semester under a Homestay scheme and find accommodation even afterwards if you wish.

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Interresidential student housing can be obtained both as a private student accommodation or as shared housing depending on wishes and needs. All homes are a 5-minute walk from the DVC Campus and feature air-conditioned homes, HD-TV, buses in front of the complex, dining table and chairs, refrigerators, stove, oven and kitchen utensils.


In addition to that, the dormitory has its own private gym, swimming pool and spa where students can work out, enjoy and relax in their spare time.

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Admission Requirements for Fulltime Degrees

Here is a description of the most important information for your study abroad. Rememeber, single semester study abroad (exchange)ย have often lower entry requirements and different course catalogues. Contact your advisor to hear about stipends, entry requirements, tuitions fees, course descriptions and more.
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What is the tuition and requirements for study abroad (exchange) students?

The study abroad (exchange student) programme will often have a different tuition fee and lower entry requirements. In addition, there might be a specific course catalog for study abroad exchange students. Book a call with a Uniclub advisor who will present you the requirements for single semester study abroad students, and how to navigate within the course catalog.

Additionally, you might be able to get exempt from taking a TOEFL or IELTS test as a study abroad (exchange) student. A Uniclub advisor will advise you on which universities have more flexbile English proficiency requirements.

What are the Semester Start Dates?

Colleges of Contra Costa uses a semester system for both full-degree students and semester abroad students studying to receive credit towards their home degree system. The semester system is equivalent in course load and duration to a three-trimester system. Students can start their studies in January, May or August.


See more about Colleges of Contra Costa's important dates in the academic calendar.

What are the Entry Requirements?

To apply for courses and programmes at Colleges of Contra Costa, you must meet the general and specific entry requirements.


Documents required from students to apply to Colleges of Contra Costa are:

  • Official copies of secondary school transcripts showing courses taken throughout the year and grades received (English version of the document)
  • Passport
  • Evidence of English proficiency if you are a non-native English-speaking student.


See more about the entry requirements at Colleges of Contra Costa.

What are the English Requirements?

The English requirements to get admitted to Colleges of Contra Costa in San Francisco can be sufficed in several ways. Below are the options for students to prove their English proficiency:

You will be able to provide evidence of your English language skills if you have:

  • completed an English language test such as IELTS, Pearson, TOEFLย or Cambridge
  • completed some types of university (tertiary) or high-school (secondary) studies taught in English

See more about the English requirements at Colleges of Contra Costa.

What are the Tuition Fees?

Tuition fees for international students at Colleges of Contra Costa vary depending on the course you choose. The tuition fee at Colleges of Contra Costa ranges from 15.900 USD to 20.000 USD per year for international students.


The tuition fee for a study abroad semester at Colleges of Contra Costa for 15 credits which equals to 30 ECTS is approx. 3800 USD.


See more about Colleges of Contra Costa's tuition fees for international students.

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