A College That Cares

Valencia College won the 2012 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, recognizing it as the best two-year college in the United States. We were named the best because we provide a quality education and help students reach their goals. We have one of the highest graduation rates in the country and provide guaranteed transfer to a state university.

Valencia College is a more affordable place to start your U.S. education. We provide the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, but our tuition costs 40 percent less than a state university’s. We also have great professors and advisors, small class sizes, and plenty of support resources to help you succeed.

With more than 175 countries represented on our campuses, Valencia College welcomes students from all over the world. And, wherever you come from, we’ll help you have a successful U.S. college experience.

Valencia College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Education Week 2018 - "We Are One"Steven Sobel, International Education Week 2018 - "We Are One"

Life in Orlando

Year-round sunshine, local theme parks, and nearby beaches have made Orlando a leading vacation destination. But more importantly, it’s a great place to live and study. Here’s why:

  • Orlando is culturally diverse, with a high immigrant population. In 2008, Forbes magazine named Orlando #5 in a list of “America’s newest immigrant capitals.”
  • Orlando is rising as a national leader in healthcare and biotechnology with the rapidly growing Medical City, which includes the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, MD Anderson Orlando Cancer Research Institute, Nemours Children’s Hospital and the University of Florida Research Center.
  • Downtown Orlando features unique art venues and a thriving music scene. Also, Orlando is an internationally renowned shopping and dining destination, with more than 5,000 restaurants.
  • For sports fans, Orlando is home to the UCF Knights college football team, the Orlando Magic basketball team, the Orlando City soccer team and baseball spring training for the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros.
  • The weather in Central Florida is mild, with an average annual temperature of 72.4F/22.4Cdegrees.
  • Metro Orlando is one of the nation’s fastest-growing high-tech regions and has long been recognized as a leading center for modeling, simulation, and training, with more than 100 companies in that area, including Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.
  • Known as “The City Beautiful,” Orlando is home to lush landscaping and pristine natural areas, including more than 300 lakes and rivers.


We Support International Students

At Valencia College, we value our international students and strive to create an environment that fosters cross-cultural understanding and appreciation. In addition to being assigned to an advisor who can help you every step of the way throughout your college career, you can also take advantage of our other services.


Support Services

  • International advisors to assist with the admission process, immigration, academic and personal advising for F-1 and J-1 students.
  • Orientation session exclusively for international students.
  • Academic support, including libraries, labs, writing center and tutoring.
  • Free Wi-Fi, computer labs, email account, and IT support.
  • DirectConnect to UCF – a program that provides guaranteed admission and a smooth transition to the University of Central Florida.


Make the Most of Your College Experience

From academics to getting involved on campus, Valencia College provides plenty of opportunities to maximize your time here.

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International Education Week - Food and Dance Festival 2017

Top Degree Programs

Valencia College offers more than 60 programs of study. The most popular programs among our international students are those in business, engineering, and arts and entertainment. These programs provide hands-on experience and are taught by industry professionals.


Honors College

The James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College provides a challenging and in-depth course of study, as well as an emphasis on learning outside of the classroom. Choose from three different tracks: Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership or Undergraduate Research.


Campus Events and Activities

From film festivals to music and dance concerts, plays, guest speakers and cultural events like the Brazilian Film Festival and International Education Week, there’s always something happening on Valencia College campuses. The biggest student event is Spirit Day, a festival held each fall. A long-standing tradition, this fun-filled event features music, food, games, and contests.

International Education Week - "We Are One"Steven Sobel, International Education Week 2018 - "We Are One"

Student Clubs and Organizations

There are plenty of ways to get involved on campus and meet new people at Valencia College. There are more than 60 student groups, clubs, and organizations, including clubs for movie, book, art and animal lovers, career interest groups, student government, Valencia Volunteers and intramural sports.


Student Clubs and Organizations with a Global Perspective

  • Amnesty International
  • Caribbean Student Association
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Valencia International Club
  • Model United Nations
  • American Arab Culture Club
  • Haitian Student Association
  • Valencia Intercultural Student Association
  • Latin American Student Organization
  • Peace and Justice Society
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Associate of Arts

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This transfer plan is designed to help you prepare to transfer to a Florida public university as a junior to complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Industr ... [+]

This transfer plan is designed to help you prepare to transfer to a Florida public university as a junior to complete a four-year Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Industrial & Systems, Electrical/Electronics, Industrial/Manufacturing, Geomatics, Construction, Computer, Aerospace, or Civil Engineering.

The courses within the transfer plan are placed within the General Education requirements and/or the elective credit requirements to earn your Associate in Arts degree; students can only earn one Associate in Arts degree. Please note that the specific university chosen for transfer may have additional requirements than those listed here. For specific transfer information, meet with a Valencia advisor to review your transfer plans, and check the transfer institution catalog for specific degree requirements. Students are strongly encouraged to take electives that relate to their intended Bachelor’s degree program.... [-]

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Associate of Science

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The Business Administration Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in bus ... [+]

The Business Administration Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in business.

Is it a boom or bust? Why do some businesses succeed while others fail? What are the crucial skills needed to make a business profitable in today’s global economy? Answering these questions is the goal of any thriving company—and of Valencia’s Business Administration students. In this program, you will learn the psychology behind making companies profitable and efficient and develop the business skills needed to become a valuable asset within any company. Using input from hundreds of the country’s best employers regarding their changing job needs, Valencia is constantly updating this program to include the latest business skills and acumen students need to succeed in the business world.... [-]

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The Film Production Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in ... [+]

The Film Production Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in the film industry.

Nationally recognized for making students employable, the program provides training for entry-level positions in six major areas of film production: gripping, electrical-lighting, editing, sound, camera and set construction. All classes are hands-on and are taught by professional filmmakers who use their connections to help students find work on film crews, learning alongside professionals on actual film sets. Valencia film students have had a hand in 47 feature films in the last two decades. Each year, Valencia’s Annual Film Celebration showcases the feature-length films that Valencia’s film production students worked on, as well as student-made short films.... [-]

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The Hospitality and Tourism Management Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized ca ... [+]

The Hospitality and Tourism Management Associate in Science (A.S.) degree at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career within the hospitality industry.

Not only is our program located in Orlando, one of the most popular tourist areas in the country, it also boasts a state-of-the-art facility—the Walt Disney World Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, complete with a sophisticated computer lab equipped with a dynamic point-of-sale system and a hotel front desk simulation area. Valencia’s program combines classroom instruction with on-the-job training to help you move into supervisory and mid-management positions in lodging, food service, tourism, and hospitality. One of the most valuable aspects of the program is the 240-hour internship, which enables you to develop skills and expertise in guest services and management, as well as technical areas.... [-]

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The Network Engineering Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialize ... [+]

The Network Engineering Technology Associate in Science (A.S.) degree program at Valencia College is a two-year program that prepares you to go directly into a specialized career in computer networking.

With the number of cyber attacks on the rise and confidential information becoming increasingly vulnerable, the need for networking specialists and information security analysts continues to grow. Valencia’s Networking program has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security—one of only 30 centers in the nation—to help meet this critical need. With Valencia’s program, you will be trained to design, administer, maintain and support local and wide area network systems. Graduates will be qualified for exciting technological roles in network design and installation, infrastructure, security and maintenance, incident response, inter-network communications, network monitoring and administration, and cybersecurity.... [-]

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