VCCCD International Student Program Welcomes Individuals from Six Continents

Students from around the globe receive guidance, education and cultural experiences
 
CAMARILLO, Calif. - June 13, 2022 - PRLog -- A majority of students in the Ventura County Community College District hail from one of the county's 10 cities. Stepping onto the campus of Moorpark College, Oxnard College or Ventura College, however, people may meet students from Australia, Canada, South America, India, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, among other countries.

Currently, there are approximately 140 students from nearly 20 nations enrolled in the rapidly growing International Student Program (ISP) at Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges.

"ISP offers students a window on the world, providing opportunities for them to interact with people from different countries who bring their customs and life experiences into the classroom. As companies and industries become increasingly global, international and local students benefit from this broader perspective," said Chancellor Greg Gillespie.

International students choose VCCCD campuses due to smaller class sizes, affordability when compared to a four-year college or university and the ability to earn a degree in an industry valued in their homeland. Plus they experience the "California" lifestyle and form new friendships.

"The students feel that they find a new family at our colleges," said Cláudia Wilroy, who oversees ISP and is the VCCCD Principal Designated School Official (PDSO).

As PDSO, Wilroy helps students maintain their records in the Department of Homeland Security's Student and Exchange Visitor Program. To assist students in achieving their educational goals, the colleges also offer support services — tutoring, academic counseling and mentorship, among others.

Once students graduate, transfer agreements with California State University Channel Islands or California Lutheran University (CLU) provide a pathway to a bachelor's degree. CLU offers a $12,500 scholarship to international students transferring from a VCCCD college.

"My journey has been very rewarding and I owe a lot of credit for that to Moorpark College. Initially, I chose it on the basis of its exceptional transfer rate that it maintains among the top universities across California. … It also gave me the opportunity to pursue my higher education at a fraction of the cost as opposed to enrolling in a four-year university as a freshman," said Areeb Rizvi, who's from Karachi, Pakistan. Rizvi is now pursuing his bachelor's degree in biological sciences at CLU.

"Demand for a community college education has been increasing over the last few years in many South American and Asian countries," said Wilroy, who represented Moorpark, Oxnard and Ventura colleges as an exhibitor at the NAFSA 2022 Annual Conference & Expo in early June. Over 6,000 international educators from all over the world attended.

Learn more about the International Student Programs at VCCCD International Students (https://www.vcccd.edu/international).
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