Santa Rosa Junior College in partnership with ELS

ELS Educational Service, Inc. has 55 years of experience in preparing international students for university studies. For those interested in studying at this institution but who have not currently achieved the required TOEFL score, ELS offers you the opportunity to develop your language skills to the required level. In addition, we focus heavily on giving you the necessary study skills for successful study at the university of your choice. ELS offers over 60 study locations across the USA, including a center nearby to this institution.


Founded in 1918, Santa Rosa Junior College is one of the oldest publicly-funded community colleges in California. The Santa Rosa Campus is located approximately 60 miles north of San Francisco in Northern California’s scenic wine country. The Santa Rosa campus, with its ivy covered brick buildings, towering oak trees, flower gardens and manicured lawns is one of the most beautiful campuses in the California Community Colleges system. In addition to its state-of-the art classroom facilities and laboratories, the Santa Rosa campus houses a Planetarium, an Art Gallery and the Santa Rosa Junior College Museum. The friendly and dedicated staff at SRJC is happy to assist international students with priority registration, on-campus employment, nearby housing, university transfer, academic counseling and more. SRJC is ranked #1 among large California Community Colleges for acceptance rates to the UC system. Many international students from SRJC have successfully transferred to top-ranked universities, including UC Berkeley, Cornell University and UCLA. SRJC offers over 100 majors. In addition to offering programs in business, computer studies, nursing, and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), SRJC is proud to be training future winemakers, chefs and concierges to showcase their talents in numerous fine restaurants, hotels and wineries throughout Sonoma County and worldwide. With the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Sierra Nevada Mountains to the east and several lakes and rivers nearby, sailing, hiking, water skiing, snow skiing, surfing, rafting, kayaking and cycling are all easily accessible. San Francisco is easy to get to by public transportation, where students can go shopping, ride a cable car, visit museums, attend festivals, experience Fisherman’s Wharf and so much more.


Although SRJC does not arrange housing on behalf of students and cannot assume responsibility for independent housing rentals, the college does have positive working relationships with several apartment managers and a homestay program in the area. SRJC welcomes questions regarding how to find furnished or unfurnished apartments or homestays within easy walking distance to the campus. More information about housing assistance can be found on the college website.

Student life

Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) provides a park-like atmosphere on its campuses with plenty of areas to enjoy the 256+ days of sunshine each year. There are over 60 student clubs, including an International Club comprised of both international and local students whose focus is on learning about each other’s cultures and values. SRJC is a vibrant, cultural center of the Santa Rosa community offering exciting athletics events, concerts, films, lectures, theatre and musical performances, among many other events. Students can attend productions of the nationally renown Summer Repertory Theatre; participate in the Arts & Lecture series; enjoy the exhibits in the Santa Rosa Junior College Museum and attend fascinating Planetarium shows. SRJC’s festive open house is free to the whole community on the first Sunday in May “Day Under the Oaks” which is attended by over 10,000 visitors! Students have access to the college’s library and its many databases needed for homework assignments via the Internet.

The nearest ELS language centre isĀ San Francisco North Bay.