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What is a community college?

Community colleges are 2-year public colleges in the U.S. that offers the first 2 years of a bachelor's degree. Students can earn an Associate's Degree​ at a community college while paying lower tuition fees. They then have the option to transfer to universities across the U.S. to complete year 3 and 4 to obtain a bachelor's degree. ​This is commonly known as the University Transfer Degree. 

Entry Requirement


International students are eligible to enter U.S. community colleges once they have completed high school in their home country or attained the minimum age of 16 or 17 in some states. SAT or ACT is normally not needed as part of community college admission. Most community colleges require proof of English proficiency such as IELTS, TOEFL or Duolingo. 

Easier Admission Process to U.S. Universities


Community college students often get easier entry to some top universities in the U.S. Many traditional universities have partnerships or agreements with community colleges that allow community college students to be automatically admitted into the university once they meet the transfer requirements, such as completing pre-requisite coursework and satisfactory grade point average. Many universities also offer preferential entry to community college students from the same state. 


Multiple intakes:

Jan, Mar, June, Sept


International student community 

Internship and work opportunities

Internship and post-study work opportunities

Transfer to top univrsities in USA

Transfer to universities across the U.S.

Exempt from IELTS or TOEFL

Exempt from IELTS or TOEFL

*condiitions apply


Scholarships available

Save up to 80% of tuition fees in year 1 and 2 


Flexible entry   

- SAT, ACT not required

Small class size

Small Class Size

20 - 25 students

What can I study at a community college?

University Transfer Degree

The 2+2 University Transfer Degree is highly sought after by internationals students as a pathway to top American universities. It is a good stepping stone for international students to transition into the U.S. education system while taking advantage of the full American cultural experience.

Students begin by taking general education classes such as English, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Humanities. This is the case whether students are attending a community college or a 4-year university. However, students benefit from lower tuition rates taking general education classes at a community college. In addition to general education classes, students also take prerequisite classes related to their major as well as some electives classes.

Popular transfer majors:



Computer Science


Economics & Finance

Natural Sciences

Social Sciences

Health Sciences



Art & Design


Performing Arts

Career-focused Associate Degrees or Certificates

Community colleges also offer career-focused degrees to prepare graduates for employment. These degrees typically take up to 2 years to complete and are recognised for entry level positions in the employment market. 

Students may be interested in:

Business Management


Computer Game Development

Computer Network Operations

Computer Programming

Graphic Design

Culinary Arts

Dental Hygiene

Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management

Early Childhood Education

Criminal Justice

Music Technology and Sound Engineering

Physical Therapist Assistant


Health Information Management

Energy Management

Aviation Maintenance Technician

Automotive Technology

Construction Technology


Flight Technology

Manufacturing Technology

Transfer to over 4,000 universities across the U.S.

Students can transfer to over 4,000 universities across the U.S. from a community college, including some of the top universities and ivy leagues.

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University of Washington

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

University of Michigan


UC Berkeley

Cornell University

Boston University

New York University

University of Texas, Austin

University of Southern California

University of Oregon

Arizona State University

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Northeastern University

Emory University

Duke University

George Washington University

Rutgers University

Oregon State University

University of Florida

San Francisco State University

Purdue University

Pennsylvania State University

University of South Carolina

University of Pittsburgh

Portland State University

San Jose State University

Baylor University

California State University

Drexel University

University of Georgia

University of Virginia

Western Washington University

Georgia Tech

Ohio State University

American University..........and others

How much does it cost to attend a community college?

The average tuition fees is between USD7,000 to USD10,000 a year for international students 

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Completing your first 2 years at a community college can save you USD90,000 or more in a 4-year bachelor degree. 

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Choosing the right community college can be a daunting task for many international students. 

Edu Experts is a professional education consultancy that assists students with further study options around the world. We provide free consultation and assistance on admission requirements, application process, intakes, scholarships, accommodation options to student visas, flights and airport pick-up.

Here, we have put together a list of some of the best community colleges in the U.S. for your reference. Feel free to browse through the colleges and contact us for more information or assistance. 

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Top Community Colleges in the U.S.

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