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We Welcome You

We stand with Immigrants and Refugees

We Welcome You

Under the Biden Administration, 125,000 refugees a year are allowed into the United States for a variety of reasons. Mission College is committed to helping you resettle, regardless of whether you are a refugee, a Green Card lottery winner, or you are seeking asylum.

It's likely that we already have students from your home country at Mission! We even have staff and faculty who speak your language.

Refugees who arrive in the Bay Area, can apply to Mission to go to college. There is no waiting period to register - get a student ID number and apply to Mission College right away.

Students on an F1 visa will need to contact our International Center

Please email Jhonaliza.Villanueva@missioncollege.edu in Admissions with any questions.


AB 2210 Nonresident Tuition Exemptions for Refugees with Special Immigrant Visas

A refugee may be entitled to an immediate $46 per unit/California resident fee if the refugee first settled in California pursuant to the provisions of Education Code section 68075.6 (effective January 1, 2018).

This exemption is only for the length of time he or she lives in this state up to the minimum time necessary to become a resident (one year and one day).]

This exemption applies to the following:

  • Iraqi citizens or nationals (and their spouses and children) who were employed by or on behalf of the United States Government in Iraq (Pub.L. No. 110-181, § 1244)

  • Afghan and Iraqi translators (and their spouses and children) who worked directly with the United States Armed Forces (Pub.L. No. 109-163, § 1059)

  • Afghanistan nationals who were employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government or in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan (Pub.L. No. 111-8, § 602)

  • Refugee students admitted to the United States under Section 1157 of Title 8 of the United States Code.



Manija Ansari

I come from Afghanistan, a country that is destroyed by 40 years of war and religious fundamentalists. As a girl, I was denied access to education; therefore, I wanted to change people’s lives by advocating for equity and inclusion in higher ed.

Manija Ansari

ESL Student from Afghanistan to Counselor

Read Her Story
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Our Programs

We have a many degrees and classess that may fit your interests, see majors.missioncollege.edu for a complete list.

Check out the following popular programs for some suggestions.

Student nurses working together in a simulated healthcare environment.
Nursing Program

Gain skills to work in hospitals and clinics

Nursing & Science
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Accounting & Business

Learn American business and accounting skills.

Working Professional
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Basic Computer Skills

Learn Word, using email, the computer and more!

Computer Applications
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Learn English

Improve your English skills in writing, reading and pronunciations

ESL CLASSES
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EMT or Firefighter

First responders include firefighters and those who work in ambulances.

Fire Tech & EMT
Student chefs in uniform prepare food in an industrial kitchen.
Hospitality & Restaurants

Real-world experience in student-operated restaurants.

Hospitality Dept
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Teaching Children

Gain experience in our childcare center.

 Child Development
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Computer Programming

Learn computer programming and networking.

Computer Science