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Study abroad at Merritt College

Situated high in the Oakland Hills, Merritt College is one of California’s top community colleges. With a longstanding reputation for academic excellence and career training, it’s the perfect place to follow your personal and professional dreams.

Merritt College’s faculty deliver more than 80 associate degrees and certificate programs. Courses span a variety of subject areas, but the College is especially renowned for its legal studies, nursing, child development, and landscape horticulture programs.

You’ll enjoy panoramic views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge from the College’s hillside campus. Home to an impressive array of academic and recreational facilities, you’ll have everything you need for a successful student experience.

There’s more to Merritt College life than just studying. You’ll have a packed roster of extracurricular activities to keep you busy outside the classroom. Join an award-winning sports team, try out a new club, or become a member of the student government.

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Find programs you love that match your needs & aspirations, where you stand a high chance of acceptance.

Why study at Merritt College?

  • Flexible study options

    With online and on-campus offerings, morning and evening classes, there’s a program to suit every schedule

  • Career-focused programs

    You’ll gain the skills and qualities employers are looking for

  • Transfer opportunities

    The College’s transfer programs are recognized by all public and private universities

  • Scholarships

    The Peralta Colleges Foundation awards scholarships to international students every semester

Life as an international student

Although studying overseas is an exciting experience, it can come with some challenges. Luckily, Merritt College’s caring staff members will support you every step of the way.

Your happiness and success are the College’s top priorities. Whether you need help with finances, academic tutoring, or cultural adjustment, the College’s outstanding student services will be ready to assist.

Settling in couldn’t be easier thanks to the fantastic orientation program. The friendly Welcome Center team will help you navigate campus, introduce you to teaching staff, and run fun meet and greet events.

Student life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Computer labs
    • Quiet Areas
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Cafe’s
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
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    • No. of Athletics Track
  • IT Support
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
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    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
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    • Campus parking
  • Sports Facilities
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  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
  • Praying Rooms
    • Pre sessional English Academic skills courses

Fees and funding

Fee information

  • Undergraduate tuition: USD$10,740 per year


Eve St. Martin Wallenstein Memorial Scholarship

This is a USD$2,000 scholarship awarded once a year in the Spring to a single recipient.

Georgia Runge-Smith Memorial Scholarship

This is a USD$250 scholarship offered in the Spring. This scholarship is open to all students at the Peralta Colleges(Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College, Merritt College) regardless of program or major.

Qualified students need to have a 2.5 GPA or greater, demonstrate financial need, and must have a goal of transferring to a four-year institution for further study.

John & Deborah Tunis Scholarship

This is an up to USD$500 scholarship awarded once a year in the Spring. ​This scholarship is intended to be awarded to a female student who demonstrates financial need and academic potential in her career and degree in one of four categories; math/science, business/industry, health sciences or vocational education.


Merritt College

12500 Campus Dr, Oakland, CA 94619, United States

Oakland is known for its beautiful scenery, diverse neighborhoods, and rich history. The city is an artistic and cultural paradise, perfect for international students to explore and enjoy.

Visa requirements for Merritt College

Many international students will require a visa to study in the US, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

USA student visa requirements