At the International Program Office (IPO), our staff will work to assist you during your time at WHC. From the time you apply to the time you graduate our office staff is here to help you with any questions you may have. Our staff will assist you with questions about immigration, housing, cultural adjustment, registration, classes, employment and activities. We will make sure you are taken care of and receive the assistance you need.
Some of our programs include:
Orientation Program: A mandatory three day Orientation Program for new international students. The orientation is scheduled several days before classes begin. You will take required assessment tests, and will select classes with advice from our counselors. The Orientation will include important information about our residence halls and a tour of the campus and the community.
Activities: Throughout the semester, the International Program Office (IPO) provides activities for our international students. Some are free and some have a minimal cost. This semester we will be traveling to Universal Studios, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Hearst Castle, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and Gilroy Gardens & outlet mall. The spring 2009 semester will include trips to Yosemite National Park, Disneyland, and many other exciting locations in California.
Residence Hall: International Students are required to live on-campus in the Residence Hall for one year. International Students are guaranteed a place in the Residence Hall when they are admitted.
All international students under 25 are required to live on campus in the Residence Halls for at least one year.
At WHC, we are committed to making sure that your questions are answered and we have several departments that can help you.
Airport Pick-up: Our International Program staff will pick you up at the Fresno Yosemite International Airport in Fresno, California, when you arrive. This is a free service! You will be taken directly to the West Hills College Coalinga residence hall. Contact our office for more information about this service.
Transfer Center – Since many students plan to transfer to four-year universities upon completion of their studies at WHC, our Transfer Center is available to help you research, apply and prepare for the transition to a four-year university.
Counseling/Advising – WHC has a counseling office with trained staff who will help you with questions about classes, future plans and personal issues. In addition to the Counseling Center, students at WHC will work with Faculty Advisors in their major who will assist them with questions about classes and schedule planning.
Learning/Tutoring Center – The Learning/Tutoring center is available to all WHC students. The center has tutors who are available to provide you with assistance in your studies. This is a free service!
Athletics – We offer a variety of teams for both men and women including men’s baseball, basketball, football, and rodeo and women’s softball, soccer, tennis, volleyball and rodeo.
Clubs – Associated Student Body, One Step Beyond (support group), Residence Hall Association, Turning Point (Bible study), Take One (drama), PEP (cheerleading), MEChA (student organization) and an International Students Organization.
Conversational English -The First Southern Baptist Church provides dinner and transportation to a weekly conversational English skills class. All services provided are free of charge.