| 11/22/2013 4:56:00 AM
Fall semester is
almost over and it’s time to think about applying for Spring. Are you ready? I’m
sure you’re wondering how much it’s going to cost you, what sort of documents
you need to provide, etc. Don’t worry. I’m here to help you out.
First, you have
to take in consideration all sort of flat fees you will have, such as tuition
and health insurance. International students are required to be enrolled in at least 12 units each semester,
and health insurance is mandatory.
Then, move to all ongoing expenses such as rent, transportation, groceries,
books, and unexpected expenses. Make a list of everything you can think it will
cost you, and start your budget. An estimated cost of your expenses for an
academic year (August – May) should look like this:
and fees: $6,000 (this is the cost for 12 hours of classes each semester)
transportation: $500 (this is the cost of a bus pass for 9 months)
$700 (estimate cost to share an apartment with 1-2 other people)
expenses (groceries, etc.): $9,350
- Total: $18,800
You need to
provide MiraCosta College one bank statement – or multiple ones, as long as they
have been issued on the same day – proving that you have $18,800 available and
accessible to you at any time while you’re here in the United States.
Remember, this is an
estimated cost of expenses! If you want to purchase a car, you’ll have to add
all the expenses that come along with it to your budget; furthermore, your will
have to budget more. Be wise, take your time budgeting, and make sure you’re
coming here for a great experience and that you won’t be in financial trouble!
| 10/29/2013 4:58:00 AM
there, and welcome to sunny Oceanside!
College is located at Oceanside, CA. We are close to the beach, approximately 15
minutes from it, surrounded by beautiful palm trees and with the mountains in
the horizon. The weather in Oceanside is perfect for outdoor activities such as
surfing, hiking, beach volleyball and more! The average high temperature range
from 64oF (18oC) to 73oF (23oC),
and the average low temperature range from 45oF (7oC) to
can take a nice walk by the Oceanside Pier and enjoy a delicious meal at the
restaurant at the end of the Pier, or you can visit the California Surf Museum
in downtown Oceanside. At night you can watch a movie in downtown and refresh
yourself with a delicious frozen yogurt.
College is also located close to downtown where you can find everything you
need for fun. Take a look at our virtual
tour to see for yourself how well situated MiraCosta is and get inspired by all
the opportunities you’ll have!
| 10/11/2013 4:47:00 AM
Fall is here and with half of the semester already gone,
it’s time for midterms!
I’m current enrolled in four classes that require a lot of
reading and writing, and since I love to read and write, I’m having a blast this
semester. Although it’s a lot of work, it feels great to acquire more and more
knowledge and see it all paying off once I get my tests back. I've had one mid-term, around 9 tests, and a lot of homework. Next week I'll have three more tests and 2 assignments, and homework never stops.
It’s good to be aware that professors have different
teaching styles and that is reflected not only on how they lead the classroom,
but also on how they present the exams, so before selecting your classes you
should take a closer look at the class description and the required books. Scantrons,
green and blue books are some of the required materials for test taking.
Scantrons are used for multiple choice tests, and green and blue books are
usually used for compositions. Homework will be assigned in different forms, so
you may be required to write essays, answer to some questions, or make a
presentation. As I said, it all depends on the professor.
Overall Fall 2013 has been a great semester! I had the chance
to meet new people, make new friends, get a different – and great –
experience in all my classes, and I'm very glad that MiraCosta can provide me with all of that!
About the author
Oi! My name is Marília, but you can call me Mari. I was born and raised in Brazil, and moved to the U.S in 2010. I've lived in Seattle, Virginia, Washington D.C., and now I'm settled in wonderful sunny SoCal. I enjoy to read, go to the beach, have movie nights with my friends, and Skype with family in Brazil. My major is Psychology and currently I'm on my second semester at MiraCosta!
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