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Over the past 50 years, Foothill and De Anza Colleges have consistently ranked among the top two-year colleges in the U.S. for outstanding academics and successful transfer to world-class universities. Foothill and De Anza are sister colleges that have the same high quality of instruction and services, and are just six miles apart. You can check out both campuses and apply to the one with the environment you like best.


FHDA offers the first two years of a four-year bachelor's degree program. Students transfer into the third year of highly selective universities such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Stanford, Yale, MIT, and many more.


Located in the heart of the world-renowned Silicon Valley, 45 minutes south of San Francisco and 20 minutes west of San Jose, with more than 6,000 technology companies.


As a student of Foothill or De Anza, you have access to:

  • Outstanding transfer relationships with highly selective universities

  • The first 2 years of most fields of study offered at any university

  • Instruction from nationally recognised faculty

  • Affordable tuition

  • State-of-the-art computer labs, libraries and technology facilities

  • Small class size with individual attention

In 40 years De Anza College has educated more than 700,000 students. More than 60 buildings are located on a beautiful and busy 112-acre or 45-hectre campus in Cupertino, and are a blending of Spanish and modern architecture. De Anza is a place for students to excel. De Anza students receive local, state and national honors for exceptional achievement. Enrollment averages 25,000 students. 


Life is quieter and more reflective on the Foothill campus. The parklike setting and award-winning architecture encourage close relationships between students and faculty Recent news includes California Professor of the year award and creation of the nation’s first VMware Academy. Built in 1961, the campus is located on 122 acres or 49 hectares in Los Altos Hills, a comfortable upper middle-class community near Stanford University. Quarterly enrollment averages 20,000 students.



co-founders of Apple, Steve Wozniack and Steve Jobs studied at De Anza College. Wozniak later transferred to UC Berkeley.

#1 for transfers       to University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems


Affordable tuition ($6800 USD per year)


services, Honors, internship and campus abroad program

Flexible admission

three times a year with no SAT requirement

Close to San Francisco and San Jose, top cities for young professionals - Forbes Magazine.


campus atmosphere with students representing 105 countries

International transfer students accepted in 2017 - 18:


UC Berkeley 193

UC San Diego 173

UC Davis 199

UC Irvine 105

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facilities at Foothill and DeAnza College





at Foothill or De Anza College


at a prestigious university



University Transfer Partnerships

University of California (UC) – 10 campuses

UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA, UC Merced, UC Riverside, UC San Diego, UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Francisco (School of Dentistry, School of Pharmacy)


California State University (CSU or Cal State) – 22 campuses

Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cal State Bekersfield, Cal State Channel Island, Chico State, Cal State Dominguez Hills, Cal State East Bay, Fresno State, Cal Stte Fullerton, CSU Long Beach, Cal State Los Angeles, Cal State Monterey Bay, Cal State Northbridge, Sacremento State, Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State San Marcos, Cal State Stanislaus, Humboldt State, San Diego State, San Francisco State, San Francisco State, San Jose State University, Sonoma State. 

Cost of Attendance (USD)

Estimated annual Expenses for One Academic Year

(3 Quarters / 10 Months)

Tuition & Fees                    $6,876

(12 units per quarter at $187 per extra unit)

Health Insurance               $1,518


Books & Supplies               $1,500

Room & Board                  $12,000

(based on homestay - 10 months)

Spending Money               $2,500

Estimated Total              $24,394

Popular Majors

At Foothill or De Anza, you can complete the first two years of almost any major field of study offered at any university and get complete credit for your work when you transfer. In addition to traditional majors, you can get a competitive edge by studying the hottest fields of the future such as bioinformatics, nanotechnology and video game development. The most popular university transfer majors are:


Adaptive fitness therapy

American Studies



Art History

Art Survey

Athletic Injury Care (F)

Biological Sciences

Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine 

Pre-Pharmacy & Pre-Veterinary Options

Business Administration

Business Entrepreneurship (F)

Business International Studies


Child Development

Chinese (F)


Computer-Aided Design (D)

Computer Information Systems

Computer Science

Computer Software Development (F)

Creative Writing

Database Management




Enterprise Networking (F)

Environmental Horticulture & Design (F)

Environmental Studies (D)

Ethnic Studies

Film & Television Production (D)

French (D)


General Studies: Humanities, Science &

Social Science options

Geographic Information Systems (F)


German (D)

Global Studies (D)

Graphic & Interactive Design


Information Technology

Intercultural Studies (D)

International Relations


Journalism (D)

Law & Society( (F)

Liberal Arts


Marketing Management



Music Technology (F)

Nanoscience (F)

Nursing (D)



Physical Education


Political Science




Speech Communication

Theatre Arts (F)

Theatre Technology (F)

Women’s studies

Admission requirements


Students must be at least 16 years old AND have graduated from secondary/high school by the start of orientation to be eligible for admission to Foothill and De Anza Colleges.


  1. A completed application form and all supporting documents.

  2. Proof of English proficiency  - TOEFL 61 iBT; IELTS 6.0; iTEP - Level 4; Pearson PTE Academic - 45. Examinations must have been taken within the last 2 years. If your test score is below the minimum for admission, you may participate in FDHA’s Summer Intensive English Program for guaranteed enrolment in the Fall Quarter or attend a partner language school to improve your English.

  3. All secondary and post-secondary transcripts.

  4. Proof of finance equivalent to USD24,394

  5. $75 application fee + $75 courier fee to send your acceptance documents and I-20 outside the U.S.

Applications are accepted for Fall (June 30 deadline), Winter (October 31 deadline), or Spring (January 31 deadline) quarters.


Intakes: Fall, Winter, Spring