International Students

The Maricopa Community Colleges are here to help you reach your educational goals. We offer a variety of degree programs and certificates designed to provide you with a quality learning experience unmatched anywhere in the Southwest United States. We have ten colleges located throughout the greater Phoenix Metro region, making it easy to find a convenient location for you. Our students earn credits which can be applied towards a bachelor's degree at a university. In addition to great educational programs, our location is ideal for exploring all of the great natural wonders that Arizona has to offer. Everything from beautiful desert sunsets, to the Grand Canyon is right here at your doorstep.


What is a Community College?

Community colleges are publicly funded institutions of higher education in the United States offering the first two years of a typical bachelor’s degree program. Programs offered at community colleges include: university-transfer programs, technical programs, job-training programs, basic skills programs, special-interest programs. International students are probably most interested in the first program noted on the list above – the university-transfer program. Community colleges offer the first two years of a normal four-year bachelor’s degree program. Students can prepare themselves to transfer to a four-year institution by completing lower division courses at the community college, instead of at a university. After two years, students can apply to the four-year college or university to complete their degree.