International Office Staff

The International Office at MiraCosta College has three great staff to help international students.

Today, I will introduce them.

Sayaka Neal (Secretary)

She is from Japan. She has a master degree from San Diego States University as applied linguistics major.  She has been working as this position in MiraCosta international office since 2003. Also, she is an advisor of the Japanese club.

A lot of students, not only Japanese but also many international students count on her. She always helps us kindly even if it is not about study. Now, she is taking a Spanish class, so we can expect that she will help Spanish speaking students more than now.


Aubrey Kuan Roderick (Student Services Coordinator)

She is from China. She has a master degree from Monterey Institute of International Studies. She is a student services coordinator of the international office, and also she works as a Chinese class professor. Her class is really fun and easy to understand!

There are many Chinese students in MiraCosta, they often come to her office and talk about all of their concern. She is always kindly and friendly for us.


Mia Scavone (Coordinator) 

She is from the United States. She is a coordinator of the international office. She has a master degree from University of Michigan. She goes to many countries to recruit new international students. And also, if you are interested in applying MiraCosta and send email, she will receive it. So, every new students will contact to her and she will correspond kindly and friendly. Because she is an only native English speaker, all of international students count on her.





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4 Tips to Navigate Through MiraCosta College

1. Speak to a Counselor EVERY Semester

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I can tell you from experience that taking a class that is not on your educational plan is a terrible waste of time and money! Even though you might feel plenty familiar with you’re academic plan and all the classes that you’ve left to take, have a second person, ideally a counselor, look over your schedule each semester.  It is easy to lose track, especially if you decide to drop a class last-minute to replace it with another one, but it only takes fifteen minutes to talk to a counselor, and you can save lot of money as well as many hours of studying for an unnecessary class.

2. If you Plan to Transfer: Go to the Transfer Center!


So many students do not get accepted to the University they apply for because they do not go to the transfer center before they apply. This is because the transfer center has information you don’t have… they have statistics on what majors are more likely to get accepted and they can look over your application to make sure you filled in all the correct information.

3. Don’t Buy Your Books in the Book Store


The book store at every college, including MiraCosta College, is going to charge MORE than most other places you can buy books from. So look online and use websites, such as or to buy your textbooks cheaper. This saves you a lot of money and after the semester is completed, you can resell your books for more money online than the book store would pay you.

4. Use the Writing Center

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As an international student taking college-level courses in America you might want to use all the resources that the MiraCosta provides. English 100 was a challenge for me in my first semester at MiraCosta, but I mastered it with help from the Writing Center. The Writing Center provides you with students that are qualified to help you with the writing assignments that you have for ANY of your classes. That’s right, it doesn’t need to be an assignment for English, it can be an essay for biology or politics that you are getting help with.

With these four tips you are ready to start college at MiraCosta!


What to Expect When you Arrive to MiraCosta for the First Time

As you arrive at MiraCosta College for the first time and drop into the International Student Office, you meet an extremely welcoming staff of coordinators that are happy to introduce you to your new school. Sayaka is the (very friendly) secretary that can help resolve your request or direct you to where you can get help. Aubrey and Mia are international student coordinators that can help you with admission and most other requests that you might have after arrival in the US and throughout your studies at MiraCosta. 

First things to do after admission to and arrival at MiraCosta College:

– check in with Sayaka, Aubrey, and/or Mia in the International Office

– take a placement test

– speak to a counselor

– register for classes

– attend the new student orientation

Taking a Placement Test

Placement tests are available in Math, English as Second Language (ESL), and English.  All tests are given on a computer.  Don’t worry!  The tests are for all students — American and international.  You cannot fail the placement tests.  The tests help determine what classes you take at MiraCosta. 

Since I’ve lived in the United States before my arrival at MiraCosta, my English was quite advanced at the time I took a placement test at MiraCosta. Thus, I decided to take the English assessment.  Now the ESL assessment can place students into all levels of English. 

It is important that you polish your English and Math skills before you take the test. You can practice the exams before you arrive to MiraCosta.  After the test, if you feel you could have done better, you can always retake it. 

Speaking to a Counselor

After you’ve been assessed in English and Math you can meet with a counselor and set up your schedule. The counselor can help you develop an educational plan, coordinate your career and academic goals, get you out information on graduation, major, and transfer requirements, and most importantly select classes so you can register as quickly as possible.

Register for Classes 

You want to register as soon as possible as classes fill up quickly. So do not wait to speak to a counselor or to take the placement test. It is possible that if you wait too long you will not get into the classes you’ve selected and it may take you longer to graduate. So take the class registration serious and get it done quickly.

Attending the New Student Orientation

EVERY new international student has to attend the new student orientation. The orientation usually takes place in the 3rd week of August, one week before school starts. You can choose between two dates and expect to spend a couple of hours getting an understanding of what your experience will be like at MiraCosta College. This sounds a very long meeting, but it is actually not that bad. You gain very important information about your new school that is extremely important to know in order to succeed, and in addition, you meet other new students. Thus, the New Student Orientation gives you a chance to network before school starts. This makes everything easier as soon as you’re in class.


How to success in MiraCosta College

Hi, how are you guys doing? I believe everyone comes to College for a reason. But why MiraCosta College? Because MiraCosta college can make your goals come true. If you want to be successful, either get an AA education or transfer to 4 year university, then MiraCosta is the right place for you.

Counseling center is here to help!!

When you come to MiraCosta, maybe you have a plan in your mind. If you don’t have, don’t worry. You can always ask for help from our professional counselors. The Counseling Center offers personal counseling to assist every student in developing academic goals and major. Also it is very convenient. For general question, you can just drop in, there is no need to make appointment. If you have academic problems, you can make an appointment. If your schedule is very tight, you can use the online live support. Looking for more information, just visit our counseling website.


Tutoring center is here to help!!

Sometimes, you are confused about academic questions. Except asking for help to your professor, you can always go to tutoring center and get help for FREE. The tutoring center is available for 130 courses, the schedule is from Monday to Friday, through day and evening hours. Just make an appointment with the tutoring center and choose your tutor, you can get free help. How exciting is it! MiraCosta also offers online tutoring, so you can get help in everywhere. Looking for more information, check the tutoring center website.

Career center is here to help!!

When you are clear about your goal, you may want to find a job to support your tuition or get some working experience. MiraCosta always offers a lot of job opportunities to students! You can find on-campus job, Internship, or off campus work through Optional Practical Training.  Just make an appointment with one of the excellent staff in career center, they will help you find the right job for you. Also they will help you with resume and cover letter. They want every student to be successful in career. Looking for more information and event, check our career center website.

With all these professional and perfect resources from MiraCosta College, you can be successful in study and career area. You are not alone when you study abroad, there are many excellent staff to help you and make your dream come true!! Come to MiraCosta College, let us help you!


Realize your Dreams at the Transfer Center

I highly recommend counseling service at Transfer Center. With help from university transfer experts, you can be able to chose class that fit in your education and career plan. You will feel way much easier to chase your dream in here. Furthermore, for preventing unnecessary class selecting and time wasting, counselor can guide you step by step to your dream school.

*MiraCosta boasts one of the highest combined UC-CSU transfer rates in the state. 


At MiraCosta Transfer Center, you can have these services:

Counseling Appointments

Three full-time counselors are available by appointment to assist you with your transfer needs including an educational plan to guide you in course selection. Drop-in counseling is available throughout each week for quick questions.

University Representatives

Admission representatives from University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and California State University, San Marcos (CSUSM) visit the Oceanside and San Elijo campuses each semester.

Admission Application Workshops

The Transfer Center offers application workshops in the fall to assist students in completing UC and CSU applications.

Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Programs

Guaranteed admission programs are available to UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara, and UC Santa Cruz.

Honors Scholar Program

Students participating in the Honors Scholar Program will receive counseling from Transfer Center Counselors.

Computer workstations

Computer workstations are available for student use.

Cross-Enrollment Programs

Allows students to cross enroll for one course each semester at a CSU or each quarter at a UC campus without official admittance to the university.

College Fair

Every spring and fall many 4-year universities are represented at MiraCosta by their departments and admission representatives.

Specialized Workshops

Throughout the year presentations are held providing information on graduate programs, majors, and private school programs.

如何充分利用学校的资源 (Utilize School Resources)





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2.如果我们想找一些具体的书 文章或者资料,可以向图书馆管理员求助。我试过几次她们真的很热心效率也高,在她们的帮助下基本上几分钟我就可以找到我想要的资料。

3.在图书馆里我最喜欢的部门是writing center和tutor。writing center可以帮助大家从文章结构,逻辑,语法,用词等进行改进。每次需要提前预约,尤其是临近期中和期末考试的时候。每次writting center 的帮助时间只有30mins,所以一次是不能帮助我们完全改好正篇文章的。假如说,你写好了一篇初稿。你第一次的预约可以是,修改文章整体的逻辑,连贯性。第二次预约可以是,精挑期中一段来改写引用项目,句子结构。第三次的预约可以来改写文章的语法。

Tutor 也是一个全能的小帮手,图书馆左手边的tutor涵盖了学校几乎所有的学科。只要哪一科有所学不懂的问题,和我们一样的学生tutor (学霸们)会来帮助我们解决各项疑难杂症。

Career Center

对于还没决定自己要修什么专业的,对自己的未来事业迷茫的同学以及想要在校内工作的同学是个必去的地方。预约面谈和她们聊聊你的困惑,她们总会给出专业的建议和意见。想要在校内找份工作的同学,程序有一点麻烦要填很多表格和去申请社会安全码,但是如果着手去办无论是国际生办公室的老师还是Career Center的老师都会耐心热情的给予帮助的。

Transfer center:

专业的辅导员会帮助我们实现各种cal/uc  州立大学和加州大学 不同的转学路线。因为美国学校的要求不同,我们必须完成相应的学科才能转学,过程可谓是非常复杂。有了transfer center 的帮助,我们可以清晰的知道自己未来几年的学术路线以及转学风向。

BTW:我们国际学生可以直接在international office 预约辅导员来帮助我们。

Police Station:


除了学习以外的时间,请来miracosta 的警察局。热心又不收费的人民好警察!