The state of California is located to the West coast of America and it is USA most populous state by far! Sacramento is the state capital, while the Los Angeles the biggest city of California. The estimated population calculated in the year 2011 here was 38 million. Most of California sees a Mediterranean climate boasting cool, dry summers and rainy winters. Northwestern California sees a temperate climate while the state's eastern side has mountains that create a rain shadow leading to expansive deserts.
California is one of the largest world economies and is also a global epicenter for information, entertainment, technology and education industries. Nationally, the state is also a huge contributor in the aerospace, manufacturing and agricultural sectors too. A lot of students from countries like Japan, Korea, India, Canada, China, etc. choose California for their studies and this state is one of the most active and welcomes the international students. The University of Southern California in fact recruits more international pupils every year compared to any other college or University across the US. The University of California and the Stanford Universities are two of the most cherished and recognized institutions not just in the state but also in the country.
While the cost of living and tuition fee could be higher in California, however there are many ways of procuring substantive packages for financial aid. With the range of living situations and lifestyles here, it's not difficult for the students studying in California to adjust and the cost of living can be minimized considerably with proper planning.
California as a state has a 3-tiered system for higher education and UC or the University of California is right at the peak, which boasts more winners of a Nobel Prize than anywhere in the world. A total of around 450,000 pupils in the twenty three California State University schools make this one of the largest in the nation.
If you're an international student then you could be take up a vocational course or a bachelor's degree first or even a certificate program. Because the community colleges here do not offer or provide a bachelor's degree, hence you'll be completing your 1st 2 years in community college, later getting a transfer over to a 4 yr University or college for completing the bachelor's degree can be done. The process of application to Californian colleges is different for international students when compared to the US residents. Thus, ensure that you read about it all carefully before applying to anywhere. The California State University (CSU) system offers abroad study programs to eighteen countries from around the planet. Currently, there are nearly 2,000 international students, which are attending the CSUN this year. Aerospace and computers manufacturers in California stand out as one of the biggest corporations publicly owned.
Some students, who come to California for studies just assume, incorrectly or on their own that additional money or financial assistance/aid/part-time employment etc. will be easily available if they don't have enough money with them to survive the whole course. Thus, every year a lot of students end up finding themselves in grave financial difficulties or issues because they don't come to the state with adequate support or finances. So, please ensure that you're financially secure even though you can get a student loan for yourself.