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Quarterly Newsletter Spring 2014

South Seattle College Center for International Education

6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98106 Telephone: +1-206-934-5360 Fax: +1-206-934-5836 Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm (Mon - Fri) Email:

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Greetings from South Seattle

Ah Spring! A time of renewal and rejuvenation. On the next page you’ll learn of South’s official name change to South Seattle College. This name better reflects our comprehensive menu of programs that includes Bachelor degrees. We’re excited to be one of a growing number of Community Colleges that grow into four year institutions. You’ll find that tuition for two year programs continues to be affordable and the Bachelor degree programs, while based on regional university fees, are also an affordable option and a great value! Our International Programs Office team is watching our new Center for International Education come to life in a new location across campus. Our new Center will bring together all the aspects of our work which includes welcoming students from overseas to study at South, and adds a heightened focus on our Education Abroad opportunities and other global initiatives that we’ll discuss further in the next Newsletter. By the way, we’re set to move to the new location in July—I hope you’ll visit us there. In the USA, spring is also a time of winding down the academic year, culminating in a formal graduation ceremony which celebrates the achievements of our students. This year South expects about 850 students to graduate. This ceremony is rightly called commencement, as it marks the beginning of the next step students take towards their goals whether it is getting a job or transferring on to a university. You’ll find information about our Transfer Partner Universities on page 8. As I reflect on all the learning our students have done over the past year, I am conscious of how important family and friends are in supporting students in the pursuit of their goals. Page 10 has some information that we hope helps provide some strategies for you to provide that support. I hope you find the newsletter informative. Let us know if you have any questions. Internationally yours, Kathie Kwilinski Executive Director The Center for International Education South Seattle College

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*March 13, 2014, the Seattle Community Colleges District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change the name of the District to Seattle Colleges and to change the names of South Seattle Community College to South Seattle College.

CHANCELLOR'S MESSAGE: Board of Trustees votes to change name of college district At its meeting March 13, 2014, the Seattle Community Colleges District Board of Trustees voted unanimously to change the name of the District to Seattle Colleges and to change the names of the colleges to North Seattle College, Seattle Central College, and South Seattle College. The decision came after a year-long exploration of national and statewide trends; opinion surveys of students, employees and community partners; and consultation with business and civic leaders and representatives from Seattle Public Schools. I truly appreciate the feedback we received from throughout our community. All three of the District’s colleges offer bachelor’s degrees now. These Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) degree programs provide the third and fourth year of college work for people who have completed a two-year technical degree. Previously the two-year technical degrees were

considered “terminal degrees” with no next educational step. I believe this will inspire prospective students to reach higher than they thought possible. With the same open admissions policies and the same low tuition, local students can start at a local college that can eventually take them all the way to a bachelor’s degree.

We will continue to serve 50,000 students: • • •

from basic skills through bachelor’s degrees in career programs and in transfer programs with support services geared to help them succeed

Changing the colleges’ names will signal that we are part of the baccalaureate level program and is a move to “raise the ceiling” for all our students.

We expect the name changes to be fully implemented by September, in time for the start of Fall Quarter.

This is a name change, not a mission change. In making its decision, the Board reinforced its commitment to our mission: The Seattle Colleges will provide excellent, accessible educational opportunities to prepare our students for a challenging future. Albert Shen, Board Chair, said, “We believe that meeting that “challenging future’ means the colleges must continue to take new approaches and offer new pathways to access and completion.”

I’m excited about continuing to build our reputation as outstanding colleges dedicated to meeting the needs of our community. Chancellor -Jill A. Wakefield-

Programs at South Seattle College Do I have to take the ESL/IEP? You do not have to take the IEP if you have TOEFL iBT 72 (with a minimum 18 on all sections), IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum 6.0 on all sections), or ACT: English 19, Reading 19 and Math 22 scores. You will be placed directly in the college/university level courses.

“The teachers are very friendly and I really learn a lot from the IEP classes. Now I am in the last level of IEP and I am taking some college level classes like Art Appreciation.” -Yin, Chen Ho (China)-

Will I be able to begin taking college courses when I finish the IEP?

Intensive English Program

How is our ESL/IEP program set up?

South Seattle College’s English as Second Language (ESL) is called the Intensive English Program (IEP). Our ESL or Intensive English Program is primarily designed for international students who are preparing to enroll in college/university level course. Our classes are small and interactive. Most of our students who complete our Intensive English Program enroll in the 2 + 2 Transfer Program and then transfer to many universities across the United States.

Yes! Students who complete the Intensive English Program successfully can begin college classes immediately and without retesting.

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Admission to the ESL/IEP Anyone who is over 16 years of age is welcome to learn American English! Students will have to apply to attend South Seattle Community College. Please visit the How to Apply page for information on admission to this program. No test score or high school GPA minimum is required.

How do you choose my level? Students will take a COMPASS English placement before classes start at South Seattle College. This test is not given off campus. This test has reading, listening and writing sections. After your test results rare given to the International Programs Office, you will have an advising appointment to determine what classes you take and in what level you begin. You will be placed in the appropriate level according to the results of this test.

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5 – levels from beginning to advanced Levels 1 and 2 concentrate on Grammar, Reading, Speaking and Listening Levels 3 and 4 concentrate on Speaking, Listening, Writing and International Student Development (ISD) class which provides orientation to college academic life Level 5 concentrates on Writing and Reading with one or two college level classes from the following list: o American History o American College o Art o Choir o Keyboarding o Computers o Fitness o Health & Wellness o International Relations o Music Includes 4 instructional hours/day, 5 days/week 20 hours/week of instructions Fall, winter, spring and summer intake

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International Programs Staff The South Seattle Community College International Programs Office is here to serve you! We want to make sure that international students have the assistance and resources they need to make their stay and studies in Seattle a success.

Kathie Kwilinski, Executive Director As head of the International Programs Department, Kathie is passionate about programs and services that help people broaden global perspectives and better communicate across cultures.

Gene Baker, Director, International Marketing & Outreach Gene's primary responsibilities are to recruit international students to South Seattle by working with educational partners throughout the world and to identify key partners for faculty, staff and student exchanges.

Van Pham, Marketing Associate

Tysen Hillquist, Marketing Associate

Van helps manage the program’s online presence through newsletters, blog, and website. She also coordinates the International Ambassador Social Media Program in hope to spread awareness of South Seattle College and the International Programs Office to the international community.

His role is assisting in international marketing. He served as student body president and vice president and legislative liaison at South Seattle. With a passion for advocacy, he hopes to influence a legacy of change.

Adam Stewart, Marketing Associate

Lindsey Hoogkamer, Admissions Coordinator

Adam is the newest member of our marketing department as a marketing associate, specializing in social media and video production. He graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BA degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Visual Communication Design.

Keavy Gilbert, Admissions Coordinator Keavy joined the International Programs staff in December 2013 as a part time Admissions Coordinator. In this position, Keavy helps international students interested in South Seattle College throughout the application process.

Lindsey is an admissions and online advisor for the office. She works with international students who are interested in attending South Seattle College, and helps them with the application process.

Megan Sears, Study Abroad Coordinator Megan Sears is the Study Abroad Coordinator for the International Programs department. She believes every student should have the opportunity to study abroad, and is committed to increasing access and diversity within the field of International Education.

Rebekah Hunter, Program Coordinator Rebekah greets each student as they enter the office and offers them support, answers questions, and schedules appointments with the appropriate advisor. She also keeps the many budgets organized and documented and works closely with the business office to resolve all issues that may occur.

Mayuli Grajales, Office Assistant Mayuli serves students at the front desk, helps navigate students to their advisors, scheduling appointments, and answers any questions students may have.

Dedrick Smith, International Student Advisor Dedrick joined the South Seattle College in May of 2011 as an international student advisor. He has always enjoyed working with students and inspiring them to continue their education. Dedrick also works closely with other units in International Programs.

Qianqian Renouard, International Student Advisor Qianqian returned to IP in September 2013 after her 2 year adventure. She worked at South Seattle Community College as a language instructor for 10 years. She became an international student advisor in January 2008. Now she specializes in college level academic advising.

Tess Matson, Program Assistant Tess works at the front desk as one of the office assistants, greeting students, helping to answer any questions students may have, and scheduling appointments.

Nathan Fanning, Events and Activities Coordinator Nathan is our Events and Short Term Program Coordinator. Nathan has been with our team since January 2011 and graduated from Seattle University in June 2012 with a Masters of Education in Student Development Administration.

Catherine Creason, Program Manager/International Student Advisor Catherine is an International Education Advisor who specializes in advising F-1 students on immigration issues: maintaining F-1 status, on-campus employment, CPT, OPT, and travel.

Ana Korsmo, International Student Advisor She is a student advisor and coordinator for the Intensive English Program. Students meet with Ana when they are ready to discuss their placement or class selection within the IEP. She is also happy to meet with students to discuss methods for academic success.

“South Seattle College gives me the best choices for both my future and satisfaction. It gives me what I need for both English skills and Hospitality Management program. I can feel the enthusiasm of the teachers in this school. They indeed inspire and encourage me to keep up my dream. I am proud to be here, for this school has helped me to be a better student. South Seattle College is always my choice if I still have a chance to pursue my dream in the United States.”- Trang Thuy Hoang-

“For the first time studying abroad, I am living a beautiful and multicultural experience at South Seattle College. I am getting involved in the International Programs activities such as being an international ambassador, which is an inexpressible personal enrichment. Every quarter, during the orientation week, I get to meet new, fantastic people, and this is thanks to the International Programs. I also consider the International Programs staff like a family because I really admire their professionalism.” - Cedric Ebrottie-

Transfer News... Evergreen State College On Tuesday, March 18th, Admissions Representative (Deedee Orr) from Evergreen State College came and met with IP Staff about International Students at South Seattle and their goals/needs/concerns about transferring to the 4 year system. Collecting this information will help many departments at Evergreen understand how to better serve all international students. Evergreen is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Evergreen values a student-centered learning environment, a link between theory and practice, and a multicultural community of diverse faculty, students and staff working together. Current enrollment is approximately 4,300. Instead of taking several classes at once, at Evergreen you select a single academic program that integrates many different subjects. In this way, you'll explore a central idea or theme that’s interesting to you. You will design and pursue your own academic pathway and not be limited by formal majors. This means that you select the coursework that best fits the goals and priorities most important to you. More information about the admissions process and access to the online application can be found here: Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics ranks first in the nation in Macroeconomics by Bloomberg BusinessWeek in 2013 Seattle University is one of our Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) schools. Last year, the Seattle University’s Albers School of Business and Economics was ranked number one by Bloomberg BusinessWeek for their Macroeconomics program, followed by Cornell University and New York University as second and third, respectively. Seattle University, a Jesuit Catholic university, is ranked among the top ten universities in the West that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. - Location: Seattle, Washington - Number of Students: 7,900 - Tuition and Fees: 32,400 - Transfer requirements: • Minimum 3.0 GPA • Associate Degree or 90 transferable credits • TOEFL iBT: 92 or IELTS 7.0 For more information on transfer admissions guarantee schools, please visit

Advice for Parents

What it takes to study in the USA... Cost All international students are expected to pay tuition and fees promptly at the beginning of each quarter or soon after they have registered for classes. The tuition amount is based on number of credits. The average student takes 12-15 credit hours per quarter. All international students are required to register for at least 12 credit hours per quarter for three consecutive quarters during their study in the United States to be in compliance with the F-1 student SEVIS regulation. Despite the cost, more and more parents have sent or are planning to send their children to study abroad because naturally parents want to make sure their children will be safe, successful, and get a good job after they graduate. Learn more about tuition and fees here. Challenges Most people living abroad experience culture shock at first, so expect your child will also. Culture shock has three phases: 1. Initial excitement in the new environment 2. Depression from difficulties in adjusting to a new country 3. Long-term happiness in mastering life abroad It is important for parents not to overreact in phase two of culture shock, but to understand what their children are going through. The best "cure" for phase two of culture shock is for students to be active socially, academically and physically, and not withdraw into their rooms or skip classes. Parents should recommend these cures when their children are suffering from culture shock. Educational System The transition to a new culture, language and educational system is far from easy for most international students. Children often become homesick as they adjust to a very different society, having to make new friends, learn the language, and figure out how to get even the simplest things done. There are huge differences in the learning styles, grading and study approaches that vary from culture to culture. This is a time for parents to be understanding, and not expect too much at first. Your child needs to take time to adjust himself/herself in the new living and studying environment. At the same time, all parents should expect their children to work hard, go to class every day, and get help from school advisors and counselors when they need it. For questions or concerns please refer students to when they have questions or concerns about immigration, academic advising, and Intensive English Program.

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