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Program Advantages

Sierra College International Student ProgramSierra College is dedicated to serving the academic and cultural needs of our international students. Sierra has an International Students Office with staff focused on meeting the needs of our international students. As a result, our international students receive the help they need in order to succeed at Sierra College and at living in America.

Annual Cost Estimate

Annual tuition and fees, based on 12 units per semester, is about one half the cost of California State Universities, and one third the cost of the Universities of California. Estimated living expenses, including personal expenses, vary based on student preferences. The total annual cost estimate, including tuition, fees, housing, medical and food is very reasonable when compared to universities.

Program Size

Sierra's International program averages around 200 international students, from many countries. The entire student population of the college averages approximately 22,000, which provides an excellent opportunity for international students to be in an English speaking environment.

Orientation Program

Upon arrival, our new international students are warmly greeted. Once comfortably settled in their new homes, our orientation helps them understand education in America, learn about the many Sierra College support services and how to make a smooth transition to American culture. Students also learn life skills including banking, getting a driver's license, shopping, living in America and working with the USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services).

Student Life

At Sierra, there is a wonderful life beyond the classroom. Our students have plenty of activities to choose from – they can join student clubs and athletic teams, enjoy field trips, take fitness classes, and serve on the student government. Clubs are organized to involve students in specialized fields of interest aligned with your academic major, personal interest in a particular activity, or special service to the college or community.

Many Clubs to Enjoy

Joining a club on campus is a way to enhance your college experience. Clubs are organized to involve students in specialized fields of interest aligned with your academic major, personal interest in a particular activity, or special service to the college or community. Click here to check the list of clubs.

Academic Counseling

Each student receives personalized academic advising from one of our highly skilled and experienced counselors. By meeting together at least once a semester, counselors help students set educational goals and develop educational plans that will help them meet their goals. Counselors help students get ready to graduate from Sierra College or to transfer to a four-year university. Once a student is proficient at English, they begin their college courses. So, two years of college courses at Sierra College + two years at a university = Bachelor's Degree.


International students at Sierra College do very well, with a typical grade point average of 3.18, on a 4.0 scale. Transfer rates are exceptionally high and Sierra College international students have successfully transferred to UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, CSU Sacramento and San Francisco State to name a few.

Student Support Services

The staff cares about the academic success of international students as well as their personal success and understanding of American culture. The international program staff are available to answer any questions that may arise, issues involving cultural or social interactions, questions about living in America, and their F-1 visa status issues. Students are encouraged to join clubs, attend social events and make new friends.

English as a Second Language (E.S.L)

Sierra College offers a multi-level program which offers beginning, intermediate and advanced classes to improve speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. Between the ESL coursework and exposure to the English language, international students quickly increase their English skills. Students take placement tests which determine the level and length of ESL study. Enrollment in our ESL program provides an opportunity to be admitted to Sierra with TOEFL scores of less than 450 (paper) or 133 (CBT) or 45 (iBT).

A Dream Location

Our main campus is located in Rocklin very close to Sacramento, the State Capitol of California. It was founded in 1936 and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The campus itself is full of wide open park-like landscaping surrounded by campus buildings and offices.

Sierra College is located in an area that offers something for everyone.  For those wishing a break from urban life, the area offers some of the most beautiful scenic nature areas in the United States. Within a 10 km radius of the campus there are many recreational opportunities with nearby golf courses, rivers and lakes. In one hour by car, you can be in the beautiful Lake Tahoe region that offers skiing, snowboarding, hiking, horseback riding and boating. Or you can choose to go site-seeing in San Francisco, the Napa Valley, or the Northern California coast.

Shopping, restaurants and coffee shops are available within walking distance of campus and by a 15 minute bus trip, students may visit the very large Galleria regional shopping mall with hundreds of shops, and restaurants.

Sierra College in California

Sierra College is located in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Mountains of California, 160 km east of San Francisco. In spring, the abundant trees burst into bloom, in the fall a multitude of colorful falling leaves.


The temperature remains moderate year round in Rocklin, but with four distinct seasons. Spring and Fall average in the low to mid 70°s (20-23° Celsius), while Summer is warm with low humidity and several hot days; Winter days typically are in the mid 50°s (12° Celsius). The rainy season in Placer County occurs between November and April, but heavy rainfall and damaging windstorms are rare.


The area is noted for its ground stability. Unlike high level seismic activity areas such as the San Francisco Bay and the Los Angeles Areas, Placer County ranks among the lowest in the state for the probability of a major earthquake.

Safe Community

Rocklin, the Gate of the Foothills

Software, high technology, and manufacturing and service firms chose the City of Rocklin for its quality of life in a foothill environment.  Beautiful residential communities, excellent schools, preserved natural open spaces and extensive park system have made the City of Rocklin into one of the areas most attractive locations.  The City has made a commitment to public safety and today Rocklin is one of the safest in the region.

Crime statistics for Rocklin, dating back to 1992 until the present day, show an extremely low crime rate.

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