Southwestern Oregon Community College

Introduction

Welcome, International Students!

Southwestern Oregon Community College is a state, fully accredited, a two-year community college that prepares international students to succeed in their education while embracing American culture fully in a vibrant community. Students can earn Associate degrees or complete short-term certificate programs in more than 50 academic subject areas. We also have an on-site Culinary Institute for pursuing a career in the Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts. For students seeking to complete a Bachelor's degree, Southwestern Oregon Community College is an excellent place to complete the first two years of a Bachelor's degree (2+2 transfer preparation program) before transferring to a four-year university, such as University of Oregon or any of the Oregon State universities and other colleges and universities across the United States. International Students Programs at SWOCC was created specifically to ensure a successful educational and personal experience among our international students as well as to promote cross-cultural understanding. Services for international students include academic and immigration advising, personal counseling and special events/activities. We are committed to helping international students adjust to a different educational and cultural environment. Experience Southwestern! You will find a personal and caring atmosphere with faculty and staff who take an interest in you and your future. We are confident that you will soon see that Southwestern is truly a home away from home. Note:

  • Native speakers of English from Australia Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom are not required to provide proof of English Proficiency.
  • U.S. citizens interested in Study Abroad can contact the International Student Programs Office for more information.

ISP Student Testimonials

Jumpei I. from Japan (transferred to University of Oregon) Simply put, I cannot imagine a better study abroad program than what SWOCC offers. From the day that I arrived from Tokyo, it has been stimulating living in Oregon and the experience of studying in Coos Bay allowed me to grow as an individual and discover my own talents. On campus, the smaller class size helped me actively participate in class discussions. Professors were very friendly and engaging and I have been able to maintain great relationships with them. I got to interact and spend quality time with interesting people every single day. The community that SWOCC is in is quite wonderful as well. I had the privilege of getting involved in musical theater and the experience was just invaluable. They were very accepting and caring and always pushed me to achieve more. I can't fail to mention the beautiful Northwest weather, too, which has brought me mental and physical comfort. I now have a much broader curiosity, a desire to keep myself educated, and no fear of accepting new challenges. ISPYumezo Densaki from Osaka, Japan (transferred to Southern Arkansas University) My first college in US was in California and I enjoyed American life. But I felt I had to change the circumstance that I was always with many Japanese, speaking my native language. Two years ago, I decided to transfer to SWOCC. People at SWOCC were awesome and kind, and there was a great environment to study and speak English for me. Also, I was participating in the baseball program. We had practice every afternoon, early morning work-outs three times a week, and I went to classes in the morning. To be honest, it was hard for me to combine baseball and schoolwork, but my days were full of excitement! This 2013 years season, I was a leading pitcher of the team. and i have transferred to Southern Arkansas University with baseball scholarships from 2013 fall. I'm so exciting to play here and study Business Management. SWOCC made me strong. I’m very glad I came to SWOCC. Reagan S. from British Columbia, Canada I came to SWOCC to play basketball and study Criminal Justice, yet I have come out of just my first year with more than only those two things. SWOCC gave me the chance to learn from wonderful professors, play basketball, and also live in a beautiful place. On the academic end of it, SWOCC let me be interactive in all your classes with small class sizes and a large variety of people from different steps in life. On the athletic end of it, they have wonderful sports facilities with a very prideful program. SWOCC also gave me the chance to live and experience the beautiful west coast. The lake on campus, vast beaches, and endless hikes add something special to your experience. ISPSarah K. from Japan I went to Oregon Coast Culinary Institute (OCCI). I have learned a lot and also made many friends. I have learned many cuisine from around the world from Europe, Asia, to American. I loved how small the classes were. My class size was less then 30 and the age varied. It was nice to work with new people and also with people that had many years of experience. I also liked that the chef instructors had time to work with individual student. We not only had a great experience of cooking and baking, but we also had some academic classes such as math, writing, speech, and etc. these classes helped in a long run and made me a better and smarter chef. I also liked going to OCCI because of the student housing right on campus! I was a five minute walk from school and living on campus was fun. I got to meet new people not only from OCCI but also from Southwestern Community College. There is a lot to do on campus sports, clubs, and we also have a lake. My most favorite memory other than cooking with my friends was indoor soccer club. There is a lot to do for everyone to enjoy. Ryohei K. from Shiga, Japan When I was 18, I decided to go to the U.S. to study English and to play baseball there after graduation from high school. Going to other country and living there by myself was not easy for the 18-years-old boy who always had been with his family and friends. Being supported by many people, however, I was able to go to the U.S. SWOCC is the most impressive place for me. Everything was new there. I met many new people, and had a lot of chances that I would never had if I stayed in Japan. I was one of a member of SWOCC baseball team, and what I got from this program can’t be explained by words. I had great teammates and great coaches. Of course, getting good grades and playing baseball at the same time was not easy, but the days I spent in this team with my teammates and coaches are obviously my treasure. I’m so grateful to everyone who had supported me while I was in the U.S. Thank you so much, and I really hope I can see people I met there again someday. ISPShelby P. from Colorado, USA The professors at SWOCC are really outstanding! There's a nice balance of professional and casual that's really conducive to learning. That, along with the awesome student body, has made my stay worthwhile and one that I'm not likely to forget. Ningxin S. from Shanghai, CHINA It is amazing to study in SWOCC. When I first came here, I felt it is a great place to study. The campus is big, and the people are friendly. The class is small so that you can have a lot of chance to speak to your teacher. Moreover, it is easy to become a friend to them. The students here are easygoing, and they really welcomed the international like me. So far, I have already had many American friends, and I love them so much. If you have are good at one subject, you can have a chance to become a tutor in the tutoring lab. It is a valuable experience for everyone. The housing also is good. It’s peaceful and safe. You will love the way you come here. Anyway, if you are seeking a college education, SWOCC is your best choice. You can learn everything you want here, and become a better person. I love SWOCC so much, and I will finish my second year study here and get my associate degree. I will not forget the time when I spent in the SWOCC.

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Programs

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Associate Degree

Associate Degree in Business

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Coos Bay

The Associate of Science/Oregon Transfer Business (ASOT-BUS) is a degree that is intended to prepare students for transfer into a baccalaureate business program at an Oregon University System (OUS) institution. Students who receive this degree will have met all lower division general education requirements of that institution's baccalaureate degree programs. [+]

The Associate of Science/Oregon Transfer Business (ASOT-BUS) is a degree that is intended to prepare students for transfer into a baccalaureate business program at an Oregon University System (OUS) institution. Students who receive this degree will have met all lower division general education requirements of that institution's baccalaureate degree programs. Students transferring with this degree will have junior standing for registration purposes. Admission to the business school/program of any OUS institution is not guaranteed upon completion of the ASOT-BUS degree. It is strongly recommended that students review the list of university-specific prerequisites and recommendations and contact the specific OUS institution business school/program early in the first year of their ASOTBUS program at Southwestern to be advised about additional requirements and procedures for admission consideration to the OUS institution and the business school/program. ... [-]


Associate Degree in Childhood and Family Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Coos Bay

The Associate of Science Childhood Education and Family Studies Emphasis degree leads to a baccalaureate degree in human development, early childhood education or social science with a certificate in early childhood education. [+]

The Associate of Science Childhood Education and Family Studies Emphasis degree leads to a baccalaureate degree in human development, early childhood education or social science with a certificate in early childhood education. Students may petition for adjustments in the Southwestern AS degree if course requirements are met for the first two years of any regionally accredited four-year institution offering a degree in education, early childhood education, family studies, human or child development. Eastern Oregon University distance education degree of liberal studies with an early childhood education emphasis articulates with SWOCC's AS degree. The AS degree is also articulated with Portland State University through their external degree program. All coursework specific to childhood education and family studies degrees and certificates is offered online through Southwestern’s online platform. Both the AS with an emphasis in childhood education and family studies and our AAS in Childhood Education and Family Studies are now accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation program. ... [-]


Associate Degree in Forestry/Natural Resources

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Coos Bay

The Associate of Science degree, with an emphasis in Forestry, provides students with an introduction to the technical and scientific knowledge related to the field of forestry and forest management. [+]

ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE FORESTRY EMPHASIS

The Associate of Science degree, with an emphasis in Forestry, provides students with an introduction to the technical and scientific knowledge related to the field of forestry and forest management. This set of classes satisfies the requirements for an Associate of Science degree and also meets the lower division requirements at Oregon State University (OSU) for a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. There is a signed articulation agreement with the Forestry Department at Oregon State University that allows students that complete this AS degree and two additional courses to enter OSU as a junior in the Forestry program. Beyond the AS degree requirements, students will need to take the Forest Biology course (FOR 240) from OSU which can be done online. In addition, students will need to take a Physics course which is not calculus based. Currently, SWOCC does not offer that course. The forestry field is projected to have many career opportunities coming up in the next decade as many forestry and natural resources professionals retire in the next few years. If you enjoy working outdoors and want to have a career that focuses on managing our valuable forest lands to conserve and protect resources as well as produce valuable products for society, this is an excellent time to consider this degree. ... [-]


Associate Degree in Marine Biology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Coos Bay

The Associate of Science (AS) Marine Biology Emphasis is designed for students who intend to transfer to the University of Oregon (UO) and complete their degree at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB), majoring in marine biology. [+]

The Associate of Science (AS) Marine Biology Emphasis is designed for students who intend to transfer to the University of Oregon (UO) and complete their degree at Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB), majoring in marine biology. The background offered by this major, however, is entirely appropriate for preparation for upper division emphasis in other professional fields like medical, dental, or veterinary school. This AS degree, as presented, also satisfies the requirements for an AA/OT for ease of transfer to UO. By completing general education requirements for the AA/OT, as well as the recommended science courses, students will be able transfer to UO and complete a BS in Marine Biology or a BS in Biology with Marine Biology Emphasis. Career options for marine biology graduates include jobs in state and federal government, advanced training for research and teaching in the marine sciences, and most other careers available to broadly trained biologists. The following program outline is one of many possible course configurations that would satisfy the requirements for an AS Marine Biology Emphasis and AA/OT transfer degree and also fulfill basic requirements for graduation from UO. Each student should meet with an advisor to determine appropriate sequence of courses to be taken, depending on placement scores, transfer credits, and other factors. Upon completion of an AS Marine Biology Emphasis (and AA/OT) and transfer to UO, additional courses need to be taken at the Eugene campus. These courses include organic chemistry CH331 and CH335, BI214, and physics (unless it was taken... [-]


Associates in Culinary and Baking Pastry Arts

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 USA Coos Bay

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to an affordable culinary school on the West coast and the only culinary school in Oregon located on the majestic shores of the Pacific Ocean. As you know, it is a fabulous time to join this industry. As the culinary arts field continues to grow at a vigorous pace, OCCI offers the practical, competitive skills necessary to ensure a rewarding career. Because of our small class sizes, students receive individualized, hands-on learning. [+]

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to an affordable culinary school on the West coast and the only culinary school in Oregon located on the majestic shores of the Pacific Ocean. As you know, it is a fabulous time to join this industry. As the culinary arts field continues to grow at a vigorous pace, OCCI offers the practical, competitive skills necessary to ensure a rewarding career. Because of our small class sizes, students receive individualized, hands-on learning. Our certified chef/instructors have years of professional and teaching experience, accompanied by first-hand knowledge of what leading food service employers are looking for in graduates. They have used this knowledge to prepare an intensive, fully accredited associates degree program designed to place students in a career-track culinary position within a very short time. ... [-]


Associate of Applied Science

Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems

Campus Full time September 2018 USA Coos Bay

The Associate of Applied Science CIS Digital Design degree is designed to successfully prepare students for careers in the expanding fields of digital design and media productions through an integrated curriculum exposing students to design principles and technical strategies. [+]

The Associate of Applied Science CIS Digital Design degree is designed to successfully prepare students for careers in the expanding fields of digital design and media productions through an integrated curriculum exposing students to design principles and technical strategies. Upon successful completion of the AAS CIS Digital Design degree, students are prepared for a variety of entry level positions in numerous digital design fields. Students attain knowledge and learn skills to seek careers in creative and support professions within such media industries as film and video, graphic design, production, game development, animation, and web design. Some of the careers available in media include: production designer, camera operator, visual effects production, multimedia producer, duplication, production assistant, graphic artist, art assistant, web designer, and other emerging opportunities.... [-]


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1988 Newmark Avenue
Coos Bay, Oregon, 97420 US
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