3 events at MiraCosta College

Today there where 3 fun events at MiraCosta College.


Japanese Spring Festival: There were cupcakes and Japanese outfit and tea. They were a few games. It was a cool event to get to know the Japanese culture.

College Hour: Always a cool event to be. There is always music and free food. You can come with you friends and meet new friends!

GradFest 2017: If your are graduating this semester, it is the best place to buy a cap and gown for the commencement. You can also take photos in the Photo Booth!

New Semester Begins!

Spring semester 2017 is now beginning!

I hope every MiraCosta student is going well.  In the beginning of the semester, some students look so busy because of choosing their classes. Especially new students, because they are just learning how to make their plan and take classes.

International students have to take more than 12 units in one semester to keep their student visa. However, each classes just accept only limited number of students. So if you try to add classes just before the semester begin, you could not add classes you want.  To avoid such a situation, I recommend that you should add your classes before a break or at least one month before the beginning of the semester.

This is my current class schedule. I am taking five classes and it worths 17 units. BUS135 is the half of the online class.



How do we make our plan and take classes?

See my previous blog…Use Counseling Service in International Office! – by Miku

Can we take online class?

If you drop some classes and become under 12 unit, what do we do?

We can drop classes with no “Withdrew” in your transcript and add classes around ten days after the first day of the semester. If you feel a class is so hard for you, you can drop and add another class. You will find the specific day of the deadline in academic calendar of MiraCosta HP.

How to find late start classes?

For international students, it is hard to add classes late and get good grade because other classmate have already start learning and you should study that part by yourself.

To solve this problem, late start classes are good for you! In MiraCosta, some classes are started in two~three weeks or more late.

1, Log in your SURF, in academics area, you will click “Search”.

2, Click “Additional Search Criteria” to specify more detail.

3, Locate your cursor “Start Date”, choose a day and “greater than”, “greater than or equal”, or anything you want to know.




4, You can see the list of the late started classes! If there are classes which you have interest, just click “select” bottom to add a class.

Use this great search system to success in MiraCosta!!!




To Go Back to Your Country


Winter vacation will be coming soon!

A lot of international students will go back to their own countries and stay with their families.

Before you leave, DO NOT forget to bring your I20 form to the international office!

I20 is a documents certifying that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) accredited school has approved full-time applicants to attend school. We need an officer’s sign on it.

And when you travel to some countries, you need to bring it.

If you do not do that, you won’t be able to come back to the United States.

I hope everyone will enjoy their vacation with no trouble.





一人目のカウンセラーはKhrystyn Pamintuan先生です。







二人目のカウンセラーはJose Orrantia先生です。





Use Counseling Service in International Office!

This fall semester will end on December 16.   It means that we need to choose the classes for next semester.  Did you know that in the U.S. each student has to choose their own classes??  Yes, that is right.  Each student a different schedule.  It is fun to choose classes because I can think about what I like to do. But I have to complete all the requirements or I will waste my time and money.  To prevent to choose wrong classes, what do we international students have to do?

In International Office in MiraCosta college, there are two academic counselors.  We can use this counseling service for free.

First counselor is Ms. Khrystyn Pamintuan.

She has her own experience which attended a community college and transferred to an university. Because she also think about her future at that time, she knows a lot of things about transferring!




Second counselor is Mr. Jose Orrantia. He is not only an international office counselor but also have been working as a transfer center’s counselor for many years. So he is a specialist about university transferring!

Because a lot of international students count on them, I recommend you to book as soon as possible.  To achieve your goal smoothly, use this great service!