international student program
Welcome to Southwest!
Thank you for your interest in attending Southwest. We would be more than happy to assist in admitting you as an International Student. After reading this information, please feel free to request additional information by phone, fax, traditional mail, or email.
Southwest provides the first two years of required university courses but with the lowest tuition rate in California and one of the lowest in the United States. Start your first 2 years of education at Southwest, earning your Associate of Arts degree, and then transfer to a four year University such as UCLA, USC, Cal-State Dominguez Hills, or Long Beach State. Save time and money! At Southwest we facilitate student success, encourage life-long learning, and enrich the lives of our diverse community.
Office: Student Services Building, Room 116
February 3 - 28
Monday: 3 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday: 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
March 1 – June 6
Monday: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.
For additional assistance, students may visit the Student Services Office in SSB 209.
*Hours are subject to change without notice
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Cost of Attending
The total cost of Tuition, Applied Fees, and, Medical Insurance:
Per Semester: $3,654
Per Academic Year (two Semesters): $7,308
The total estimated cost of Room & Board in South Los Angeles, and Books & Supplies:
Per Semester: $4,800
Per Academic Year (two Semesters): $9,600
The total cost of tuition, textbooks, fees, supplies, medical insurance, and living expenses:
$17,508 per academic year- less than half the cost of a UC or CSU university.
Please note that each International Student is required to take 12 units of study during the Fall and Spring semesters. Total fees for each semester are calculated according to the number of units in which a student is enrolled. The above fees and approximate living expenses will be effective for the 2012-13 Academic Year.
Southwest does not offer on-campus housing. To assist you in securing a place to stay while studying in Los Angeles, we have provided a few housing options and contact information for each option.
This option offers the international student the opportunity to live with an American family. The student can learn firsthand what family life in the United States is like. Homestay is a great way to make friends and improve English skills. Some homestays are within walking distance of the campus; others are within an easy public bus ride of Los Angeles Southwest College. Every homestay is different - some families have children and others do not, some families provide the student with a room and home-cooked meals, and others provide the room only.
Global Students Services
Universal Student Housinghttp://www.usaish.com/hmst.htm
Understanding the Visa Interview Process - From the U.S. Department of State