Foothill College

By | December 15, 2022


Brief information

Foothill College is one of the premier community colleges in the United States. In association with its sister college, De Anza College, it has consistently been ranked among the top two-year colleges in the United States for the past 40 years. The teachers are experts in their field and nationally recognized. Check phonejust for more universities.

Especially for international students, the college is an ideal place to study abroad, because here you already have a lot of experience and one of the largest international student numbers in the USA of all universities that offer associate degrees.

At Foothill College, students have the opportunity to do such an associate’s degree in various fields and have thus already completed the first two years of a bachelor’s degree. They can then enter the third year of a bachelor’s degree at a US university.

Thanks to Foothill College’s excellent reputation, there are good connections to the top universities in the USA, such as the University of California Los Angeles, Stanford University and Cornell University.

  • Foothill College website

University facts

Year of foundation: 1957

Type of university: State university

Number of students: total 18000, international 1200


  • WASC-ACCJC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges)

Academic year:

The academic year at Foothill College is divided into three quarters. In addition, there is the differently structured Summer Quarter.

Study programs

  • Academic gap year
  • associate degree

Foothill College offers (technical) high school graduates the opportunity to take part in an academic gap year before they start their studies. You can take courses from various disciplines and thus gain your first study experience at a college in sunny California.

The participants of the Academic Gap Year program get a taste of different academic fields such as film, business administration, psychology or biology and study with students from more than 100 countries. In addition, they improve their English skills and develop personally through their stay in the USA.

Numerous student clubs offer students a varied leisure program.

  • Foothill College Academic Gap Year Program


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  • Fees at Foothill College


To participate in the Academic Gap Year program, applicants need a high school diploma and proof of sufficient English language skills. This is achieved based on a minimum number of points in a standardized language test such as the IELTS orTOEFL.

The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:

CAE 175+ on Advanced Proficiency
Duolingo 50
TOEFL (internet based) 61

The language certificate cannot be submitted later.


Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate

  • accounting
  • anthropology
  • kind
  • ArtHistory
  • Biological Sciences
  • business administration
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • communications
  • Communication Studies
  • computer science
  • dental hygiene
  • design
  • Economics
  • Engineering
  • English
  • enterprise networking
  • Environmental Horticulture & Design
  • Geography
  • Graphic & Interactive Design
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Instructional Design & Technology
  • Japanese
  • mathematics
  • music technology
  • nanoscience
  • paramedic
  • personal trainer
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • philosophy
  • Photography
  • physical education
  • physics
  • PoliticalScience
  • popular culture
  • Psychology
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Respiratory Therapy
  • sociology
  • Spanish
  • Sports Medicine
  • Studio Arts
  • Theater Arts
  • Theater Technology
  • Veterinary Technology
  • Women’s Studies


Foothill College is located in the small Californian town of Los Altos Hills in what is known as the San Francisco Bay Area. This area in the western United States is known to be particularly lively, inspiring and multicultural.

As the name suggests, the Foothill campus is surrounded by mountain foothills. From here you have a spectacular view of the city of Los Altos Hills in the heart of Silicon Valley. The campus is picturesque with lots of beautiful nature and a very warm, community atmosphere among the students.

It ‘s only 45 minutes from San Francisco and only 20 minutes from San Jose – students at Foothill College can enjoy both the bustling cities and the beautiful countryside with its tranquil atmosphere. Yosemite National Park, Hollywood or the Californian beaches can also be easily reached within a few hours.

In addition to the main campus, there is a second location in Palo Alto, the Middlefield campus, which is only a few miles away. Some Foothill College programs are offered here, including Child Development and Paramedic.

  • Foothill College campus maps


Although Foothill College does not have its own accommodation facilities, we are happy to help you find one.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • Private apartments / hotels
  • guest families

The college town of Los Altos Hills

Los Altos Hills is a safe and prosperous small town in Santa Clara County, California.

It has approximately 8,000 residents and is located in the San Francisco Bay Area, near the cities of San Francisco and San Jose, which are only 40 and 15 miles away, respectively. There are good connections to the larger cities via the freeway.

The next largest city, Los Altos, which is located in close proximity to Los Altos Hills, has about 28,000 inhabitants and has all the facilities of a small town, such as a shopping center and a post office.

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