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Prospective International Students

San Francisco Bay Area

The San Francisco Bay Area offers its visitors and locals a variety of activities. There are opportunities to do all types of outdoor activities like hiking or going to the beach. You can watch sporting events, go out on the town, catch great cultural events, or feel the great entrepreneurial spirit of the high-tech companies in Silicon Valley located nearby.

The Bay Area is home to major sport teams such as San Francisco Giants (Baseball), San Jose Sharks (Hockey), Golden State Warriors (Basketball), and San Francisco 49ers (Football).


San Francisco is only 40 miles (64 km) from Foothill College and is home to world famous landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, San Francisco Cable Cars, Angel Island, Ghirardelli Square, and many more.


Foothill College is located in the Silicon Valley where it is home to world famous technology companies such as Apple, Facebook, Google, YouTube, Tesla, and many more.


San Jose offers many exciting activities and is only 15 miles (24 km) from Foothill College. It is home to one of only three existing Japantown in the USA. The Japanese Friendship Garden is patterned after Japan's famous Korakuen Garden in Okayama. Foothill College hosts a Bamboo Garden, which was established in 1989 and covers two acres. 


Santa Cruz is located about about 38 miles (61 km) from Foothill College and is famous for water related activities such as surfing. In 1885, three princes from Hawaii introduced surfing to Santa Cruz. Due to history, there is a strong bond between Santa Cruz and Hawaii, which is a 5 hour flight from San Francisco. Santa Cruz is home to Jack O'Neill, inventor of the wetsuit.


The Shoreline at Mountain View provides numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, golfing, sailing, and picnicking.  The Shoreline Amphitheater hosts a number of concerts every month.  


The Bay Area is also home to two prestigious universities, UC Berkeley (40 minutes drive) and Stanford University (10 minutes drive).


With 300 sunny days and average 21 degrees Celsius all year round, you’ll experience a truly Californian lifestyle. Additionally, the communities surrounding our campus rank as some of the safest in the United States.

Click for a larger view of the map below to see what the Bay Area offers!



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