Study abroad in the US at Westcliff University in Irvine, California

Founded in 1993, Westcliff University is a private university in Southern California encased by the amazing Pacific Ocean and majestic mountains. With a student body of almost 5,000 students from over 100 different countries, Westcliff University provides consistent high-quality education both on-campus as well as online.

Your Advantages

  • Flexible start dates offered 6 times a year (every two months)
  • Regionally and globally accredited academic programs of high quality
  • Opportunity to study alongside American students, with no extension courses required
  • Located in Irvine, one of America’s safest cities according to FBI rankings
  • Practice-based learning from professors with real-world business experience
  • Only a 45-minute drive to downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood
  • Several beautiful beaches nearby, including Laguna Beach, just a 20-minute drive away
  • Small classes with a 10:1 student-to-professor ratio
  • Affordable tuition fees for international students compared to other Californian institutions
  • Up to 30% discount on tuition fees for undergraduate study abroad students applying from partner universities

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Choose your individual courses from a selection of interesting programs. At WU, you can study for one or two terms abroad, a complete Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, Certificate programs, a Gap Year or even a doctoral degree.

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Do you have questions about the study programs and subjects at Westcliff University in the USA? We advise you free of charge and without obligation, help you to find the right study program and answer your questions!


The academic year at Westcliff University gives students the unique opportunity to start 6x per year, so every two months. Intakes: January, March, May, June, August and October. This flexibility is very popular for international students, who are currently enrolled in a full degree program in their home country. Every student will join the Orientation Period prior to the academic start to meet other students, get to know professors, familiarize themselves with the campus and their upcoming schedules as well as join lots of fun activities.

The next possible start dates (2023/2024) are:*

Fall Semester – Session 1

  • First day of class: August 28, 2023

  • End of classes: October 22, 2023

Fall Semester – Session 2

  • First day of class: October 23, 2023

  • End of classes: December 17, 2023

Spring Semester – Session 3

  • First day of class: January 8, 2024

  • End of classes: March 4, 2024

Spring Semester – Session 4

  • First day of class: March 5, 2024

  • End of classes: April 28, 2024

Summer Semester – Session 5

  • First day of class: May 6, 2024

  • End of classes: June 30, 2024

Summer Semester – Session 6

  • First day of class: July 1, 2024

  • End of classes: August 25, 2024

*Dates are subject to change at any time.


The city of Irvine – located in the heart of the Greater Los Angeles area, is surrounded by stunning mountains and the Pacific Ocean. This area offers students a unique blend of city and outdoor lifestyles, with opportunities for surfing and skiing within the same day. The year-round perfect weather in California combined with a relaxed way of life makes Irvine a true paradise for students. In addition, Irvine is known to be a great student city and has been recognized as one of the safest cities in America by the FBI. Learn more about Irvine, California.

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The costs of studying abroad in California can be a lot higher than studying in Germany. For this reason, the International Student Office, as the official European Office of Westcliff University, offers several partial scholarships per year for our applicants. These scholarships are awarded twice per year and are connected to authentic experience reports and posts on our Social Media channels. Click here to learn more about our scholarships and application requirements.


Thinking about financial support before studying abroad is essential and there are several options aside from scholarships. Check out our Financial Aid & Scholarship page to find more information about Auslands BAföG and more.

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Go Warriors! Team spirit and the bond within a university community is what draws many international students to US universities. Westcliff University champions a large variety of 18 different athletic teams, from baseball, basketball, soccer, surfing, cheer to swimming and many more. These teams compete against other California colleges and are always excited to have more cheering fans on the sidelines. Apart from athletics, Westcliff also offers other attractive clubs and activities through their Student Services department to all interested students. Feel free to ask us more about it – we cannot wait for you to become a Westcliff Warrior!


Studying abroad in one of America’s most popular states, California, also involves higher tuition fees. For Westcliff University, prices vary according to the number of courses students will be taking while studying abroad or whether they decide to complete a full degree program. Check out the current list of fees based on the program and duration of study.


Students love calling Irvine their “home away from home”, because of the diverse student population, the safe and clean environment, and the proximity of breathtaking California nature. While Westcliff University does not offer on-campus housing, international students find their own accommodation throughout the city. Here, each student has their personal expectations and needs of living, which might range from private or shared apartments to homestay opportunities with an American family.

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You want to join the Warriors? The International Student Office team is happy to assist you during the entire application process at Westcliff University, completely free of charge. Simply contact us directly or start to inform yourself about the application process and all the necessary documents that need to be submitted. You want to start submitting your application? Take the first step towards studying abroad in the United States.