California attracts people from all over the world, which makes California a very easy place for international students to feel at home.  In this article we look at some of the most common reasons why you might choose to study in California.

California is home to four of the world’s top 20 universities: Stanford, California Institute of California Institute of Technology, Berkeley and UCLA. In addition, California has dozens of other excellent universities, large and small. Whatever study abroad experience you are looking for, there is a school in California to fit your need.

Key Facts about Study in California

California is in the United States, so see our Studying in the U.S page for general U.S. facts.

But what makes California different from other U.S. destinations?

  • Californians are a very diverse people who come from all over the world, particularly Asia and Latin America. In big cities like Los Angeles, more than half of the people speak a language other than English at home.
  • As home to Silicon Valley and Hollywood, California is the world leader in technology and filmmaking. California universities are on the leading edge of business, technology, and the visual arts.
  • It’s worth mentioning the California sunshine. It’s never too hot, too cold, or too humid, which allows international students to go outside and really experience America all year round.

The downside of studying in California is that it is generally more expensive than other places in the United States. The cost of living in San Francisco or Los Angeles is comparable to other major world cities like London, Tokyo, or New York. If you are concerned about cost, find the location of your desired university and look for nearby apartments using a web tool like Trulia that shows you photos and prices of apartments and their exact locations in the city.

College Life in California

Everything that attracts international students to study in California is also attractive to Americans from the other 49 states. California universities, large and small, have many students who are not from the local area. They live in local apartments or dormitories with other students. This is nice for international students, as student social groups are more open and it is easy to make friends.

California universities are also very welcoming to international students. They all have centers to offer support to international students with finding housing, academic support, and any difficulties students may have. At some universities like the University of Southern California, more than one out of every four students is international.

California – North and South

If you have decided that you want to study in California, you should know the difference between north and south.

Southern California is where you find the iconic Southern California beach and movie culture. Universities like Pepperdine, UC Santa UC Santa Barbara and UC San Diego are all just minutes away from fun and beautiful beaches. UCLA and USC are deeply connected to the movie industry, and have buildings named after George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Arnold Schwarzenegger is even part of the faculty at USC!