Scholarship Opportunity by Matias

video-contest-graphicIf you’re interested in having a chance to win $4,000 and other cash prizes then listen up!

The Travel Video Contest is now open and ready for your entry! All you have to do is create a short video telling us where you want to study if you’re not yet an international student, or where you want to travel if you’re currently an international student. Make sure you’re eligible, and to have a better idea of the whole process be sure to check out past winners to get the creative juices flowing. The deadline is October 9th so you better get going and create the best video you can and submit your video pressing the link!

We’re excited to see your videos and look forward to naming one of you as our $4,000 grand prize winner.

Best of luck to all of you!


What students pay for housing – By Lee

When deciding upon coming to Miracosta College (or anywhere else for that matter), a question to ask is how much can you expect to pay while living here in Southern California. Well, I have made it really easy for you, by interviewing several different students about how much they pay rent, what kind of accomodations they live in, and what features they get with their rent. They have all opted to stay anonymous, but they are all current Fall 2017 students.

Student #1:

I pay $400 for rent for my own room (master) in Hidden Cove Apartments, in Escondido, CA. I split it evenly with 5 other people. I also share my bathroom with someone else. With $400 I get gated community, a parking space, heated pool, maintenance, and in-apartment gym.

Student #2:

I pay $200, but I live with family in a house, in Vista, CA So I share with everyone, and get all other housing expenses for free.

Student #3:

I pay $400 for a couch in an apartent in Shadowridge Summerwind Apartments in Vista, CA. I share the apartment with one other person. I get everything included with my rent.

Student #4:

I currently live with my parents, because even though I tried to live on my own, it was just too expensive. I had paid $700 in rent, split it with one other person, in downtown San Diego. Add to that the expenses of food, gas, utilites, and other stuff, it was just too expensive.  Sidenote: San Diego is expensive so be aware of the amount needed to stay here, even it’s just for 6 months.

Student #5:

I pay $250, but I live with my mom to help out. I live in a house here in Oceanside, with my own bathroom. The only thing I do not get with the rent is laundry expenses.

Student #6

I pay $700 to live with a host family which includes food and utilities. I found the family when a friend moved out and I went to visit the house.  When I first arrived to MiraCosta I stayed with a host family.  I didn’t like sharing a bathroom, but the family was very nice and took me to many places in San Diego.  I think it is good to start with a host family because you will learn more about the local area faster.

To find a host family you can apply with Homestay Services International.

As you can see, there is a wide range of prices, but the average is $600 in the Northern San Diego county area (Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos, Escondido, Carlsbad, Encinitas) to share a room and apartment. So, with all that being said, this is why it is necessary for you to put aside so much money before coming here, because it is really expensive. BUT, it is worth it once you do arrive. There is a reason why it’s expensive here, especially in Southern California, and it’s because everyone in the nation and the world wants to live here (Hint: it’s got something to do with Hollywood — and the great weather).

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.


What I did this Summer

As I said in my last post, as an international student you have the choice to travel during the summer or to stay in California just like me.

Studying for summer classes 


My mom came to visit me this Summer and it was wonderful. I did not travel because I wanted to take a summer class and I also decide to do and internship and an on campus job during the summer, which is pretty heavy.

To be sincere with you summer classes are not easy, you have a lot of work to do in such a short period time and it is very stressful. You have Exam 1, midterm and Final to take, all that in about 6 or 8 weeks, and this classes are regularly for 16 weeks. So you have to go two times as fast as in a regular semester. However I love Summer classes because this gives you an opportunity to catch up if you failed a class, or an opportunity for someone like me to graduate faster and transfer to a University. Aside form classes, spending the summer in the us is fun with great Holidays and good places to visit.

The  4th of July is the US independence day and it is one of the biggest Holiday in the US, you need to be hear to actually understand what it means.


San Diego Beach 

Saturday and Sunday is a good time to enjoy the beach and to visit museums and parks.   In San Diego or in Los Angeles, Oceanside(MiraCosta College) is almost in the middle of both of then, so it is pretty easy to go to either of them. In Los Angels there is Holly Wood were some of the best movies are made. In San Diego there is one of the best beaches in the world and there is a lot of touristic Military ships all the way from World War 2, so you have a lot of place to visit and a lot to learn.

Balboa park ans San Diego Musume of Art

On Every First Tuesday of the month, The San Diego Museum of Art is Free for students and military people. But you will have to bring your student ID, or Military ID, you get a lot of discounts when you are a student in the US.



Summer Summer Summer!!!!!!

            This is a very important time and period of the year both for international students and for Americans. This is the best season of the year, especially if your in California, because it has some of the best beaches in the World.

If you don’t want to stay in California, you can go to other sates and visit and the best part is you don’t even need a visa if you want to travel within the US. But it will be a good idea to let the international office know. You can go to New York and see the Statue of Liberty.

Also, you can decide to go back home and visit during the summer, then comeback for the next semester. When you come to the US to study it is not a prison. You have family and friends that you probably miss, and the summer is a great time to go pay them a visit. If you decide that is what you will like to do for the summer you definitely need to go to the international office to talk to them about your trip, before doing anything.

For someone like me, I decided to take a summer class (Film101H), and go to the beautiful beach in Oceanside during the week end. Read my next blog if you will like to know more about summer classes.



Three things I like about living in Oceanside, California

California in general is beautiful, but Oceanside is even more beautiful. From the warm sandy beaches to the mountains to and it’s fascinating history, it has made its self a destination for a lot of tourists and a perfect environment for most student. The land of milk and honey. I am from Cameroon in Africa, and there we have just two seasons the dry and the rainy season. When I decided to come to the US I was so scared of the cold. But that was not the case, when I arrived in Oceanside I was so surprised by how hot the sun was here. I kept preparing myself for the cold but I was disappointed as Oceanside seem to have summer all year long. that was actually a happy disappointment.

 The diversity of Oceanside makes it very special. There are a lot of people from different cultures and background, from different countries and states. Oceanside has tons of interesting people, at least every week I meet someone from a new place that I have never been to; that gives me the opportunity to know about that place even thou I have never been there. For instance I have friends who are form China, they told me it is a bad idea to give a Chines person a watch or a clock as a gift as that signifies death. I was like ohhhh my God I was so surprised and at the same time amazed by what I had just learned. I have never been to China but now because of the diversity of oceanside I know about some of their believes and culture. How cool is that!!!

 Oceanside also has a welcome center located on “923 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054”. This welcome center sells amusement tickets at a discounted price, which gives you the opportunity to visit places like Legoland, Disney land, San Diego zoo and sea World. We have sunset markets on Thursday evening, at down town Oceanside. Oceanside is a place where you never get bored. It has surfing, deep sea diving, coastal cruises that leave the sore every day, oceanside border the Pacific Ocean, which is the largest Ocean in the world. Imagin the one million view I have everyday for free. For those who don’t like the water, well let me inform you that Oceanside also has great hiking places. where you can go to the mountain top and enjoy the beautiful sun set. If you have a couple of thing you will like to scratch off your list while get you college degree at a college like MiraCosta, Oceanside if definitely the best destination for you.

Things to Do in Oceanside by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce