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Green River Community College

Near Seattle

Green River Community College Government accredited, two-year public college

A Great Place to Study University Transfer Intensive English High School Completion Plus Degrees and Certificates Gap Year Program

Student Population

Total students = 10,000 International students = 1,300+ Countries = 45+

Seattle Washington USA


Leader in Nationwide University Transfer University Transfer Pathways Applicants can request a letter of conditional guaranteed admission from many universities. Check for most recent list of universities and minimum transfer requirements.


University Transfer

Nadira Purdayinta Program of Study: Human Development Transfer: Cornell University The High School Completion Plus Program was really helpful. During the transfer process, universities ask for university transcripts and a diploma. I could send both. It is also easier to apply for internships. Almost all of them require a High School Diploma. It really makes it easier to show them the diploma from GRCC (so I don’t have to translate and legalize my transcript). The other benefit is that international students can save a lot of money being enrolled in this program. My goal is to work for the United Nations in the future.

Note: Admission to selective universities is highly competitive.


Where our Students Transfer Transfer Record Our students have reported admission to the universities indicated below. Universities in white represent top 100 world universities, as ranked by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, represent top 100 world universities, as ranked by US News and World Report, represent GRCC University Transfer Pathways.

Arizona State University Art lnstitute of Seattle Babson College Bentley College (MA) Boston University California Polytechnic University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo California State University Long Beach California State University Los Angeles Central Washington University City College of New York, Brooklyn City University of New York, Queens Colorado State University Columbia University Cornell University Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Evergreen State College Fashion lnstitute of Design and Merchandising Georgia Tech Hawaii Pacific University Illinois Central College lowa State University Indiana University Johns Hopkins University Johnson &Wales University Kent State University Miami University (OH) Michigan State University Ohio State University Pacific Lutheran University Parsons School of Design Pennsylvania State University Purdue University Rice University Portland State University San Francisco State University San Jose State University San Diego State University Savannah College of Art & Design School of Art Institute, Chicago Seattle University St. John’s University (NY) SUNY New Paltz


SUNY Stony Brook Texas A&M Towson University Tulane University University of Arizona University of California Berkeley University of California Davis University of California lrvine University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) University of California Riverside University of California San Diego University of California Santa Barbara University of Colorado University of Florida University of Georgia University of Hawaii University of Houston University of Illinois University of lowa University of Massachusetts University of Miami University of Michigan University of Minnesota University of Nebraska University of Nevada, Las Vegas University of New Mexico University of North Carolina University of Oregon University of Rochester University of San Diego University of San Francisco University of South Carolina University of Southern California University of Tennessee University of Texas University of Washington University of Wisconsin Virginia Commonwealth University Virginia Tech Washington State University Washington University (St. Louis) Western Washington University

University Transfer


Individual Transfer Plan - A key to each student’s success at Green River and beyond is the individual transfer plan. Every student works one-on-one with their assigned advisor to develop an individual transfer plan that includes: student’s major, destination transfer universities, and two-year course plan.

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“I was very impressed with the engineering program at Green River. The instructors have a lot of passion about the subject and for teaching.” Nhat majored in Chemical Engineering in order to pursue her childhood dream of inventing a perfume.

Your pathway to top U.S. Universities

Specializing in Major

General Education

Nhat Thi Duy Nguyen, Program of Study: Chemical Engineering Transfer: UC Berkeley

Through our 2+2 program, students take the first two years* of their bachelor’s degree at Green River. Introductory Classes in Major

*Depending on assessment and placement, students may need to take non-transferable, developmental classes and the program may take longer than two years.

Pre-college developmental academic classes If needed Academic English Program


Intensive English The Intensive ESL Program (IESL) provides strong academic English preparation for students entering a college or university. · 20 hours per week (summer varies) · Grammar, Writing, Reading, Oral and TOEFL Prep · 5 levels: basic to academic preparation

Remco Zwetsloot Program of Study: Journalism Editor: The Current Newspaper I didn’t want to go to college right after graduating from high school. I wanted the opportunity to broaden my perspective on life and study in the USA. Now, as an editor of the school newspaper, I am learning both leadership and delegation skills. It’s a great opportunity for me. I think there are many students in The Netherlands that would enjoy attending GRCC.



Khulan Tumurbat Program of Study: Psychology Transfer: University of Washington   GRCC is one of the friendliest places I have ever been. There are so many resources and I had so much support. I collected a lot of stars on this campus. I feel confident I can move on...but this place will always be in my heart.


Graduates of the IESL program qualify to take academic classes without TOEFL.

IESL Instructor Gary Peitsch in class.

Sample Daily Schedule – Monday through Friday* 12:00 - 1:00 Grammar (levels 1-4) Academic Prep Grammar or TOEFL Prep (level 5) 2:00 - 3:30 Reading and Writing (levels 1-4) Reading, Writing and Research (level 5) 3:30 - 5:00 Listening and Speaking (levels 1-4) Notetaking and Presentations (level 5) *Summer quarter varies

For Highly Motivated Students Save Time and Money: Get a Washington State High School diploma plus earn transferable university credit at the same time. Take classes that count for both high school and university transfer! Earn Dual Degrees: Earn two degrees for the price and time of one. Graduate in just two years with a high school diploma plus a university transfer associate degree. Program typically requires little additional time.*


High School Completion Plus

Julia Chin Chee Program of Study: Biology and High School Plus Transfer: UCLA “What I like about Green River is that you can do whatever you want to do and the staff and faculty are there to help you achieve it. If you have dreams, you can definitely aim high and go for it! My advisor gave me a lot of information on how to prepare for medical school. She helped me a lot with the application process.”

Fast Track: Enter college before finishing high school and graduate from university at least one year earlier than your high school classmates.

High School Diploma + University Transfer Credits

Arrive at GRCC

GRCC High School Completion Plus Students

High School Graduates

High School in Home Country

Earn credits at GRCC for High School Diploma and University at the same time

High School in Home Country

Bachelor’s Degree


Save Time & Money! Start your Career!

University Transfer Credits



*Depending on assessment and placement, students may need to take non-transferable, developmental classes. Students may also need to take a non-transferable class to complete the Culminating Project requirement. Students must complete additional requirements. See for details.

Lars Berg Anderson Program of Study: Film Studies Transfer: Seattle University “With help from my advisors at the IP office, we created a schedule at GRCC that would transfer into several Universities. GRCC provides the classes that are prerequisites needed for my major, and the classes I have taken at GRCC has opened up my eyes and made me see our world from a different perspective.”



Degrees and Certificates

Vonny Salim Program of Study: Biotechnology Transfer: Johns Hopkins University Vonny graduated from Green River with an AA degree and transferred to Johns Hopkins University, a leading university in biomedical research. “My advisor at Green River told me about this college and encouraged me to apply,” said Vonny. Vonny was also accepted into UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Santa Barbara.

Erica said one of her most positive experiences at Green River was working at the college radio station, KGRG. Not knowing what to expect, she said, “I was nervous at first.” However, Erica’s confidence talking on the radio in English grew with time. Erica transferred as a Business major to Indiana University – Bloomington.


Associate in Arts Associate of Science Accounting Aviation Technology Air Traffic Control Air Craft Dispatcher Professional Pilot Broadcasting Early Childhood Education Geographic Information Systems International Business Nursing Occupational Therapy Physical Therapy Speech Communication Water Supply Technology …And over 75 more

Hong Kong Erica Lee Program of Study: Business Transfer: Indiana University

Degrees and certificates can be taken alone or added to a university transfer program. Programs are three months to two years.

* The above listed programs were current at the time of printing. The programs may have been updated or changed to remain industry current. For program updates go to our website at


Gap Year Program

“Green River offers the combination of a really good education and campus and community involvement. I really feel at home and a part of this college,” said Livia. “I love all my classes and I have great instructors. The classes are small so I can get individual attention when I need extra help. This is especially helpful, since English is my second language.”

Options: 3 months; 6 months; 9 months Start dates: September, January, March, June

Select from a Variety of Classes • Career Exploration or College Experience • Art: Design, Ceramics, Photography, Music, Drama • Journalism: Radio Broadcasting; Newswriting • Business • Communication • Computer • Mathematics (placement dependent upon assessment) • English Communication (placement dependent upon assessment) • Physical Education: golf, skiing, karate, basketball, weightlifting • *Intensive English: Grammar, Writing, Reading, Oral and TOEFL Prep


Explore New Academic Areas Our Study Abroad Programs are designed to provide flexibility and opportunities for self-discovery and academic development. Your educational advisor will meet with you to plan an individualized course of study based on your personal and academic interests and level of English proficiency. Experience US College Life We encourage you to participate in a wide variety of campus activities including: recreational or intercollegiate sports, student government, concerts, plays, or KGRG - a real radio station run by students. You can also use any of our campus facilities including the library, bookstore, cafeteria, fitness center, and gym with basketball and volleyball courts and a weightlifting room.

Livia Muller Program of Study: International Studies Transfer: American University

Shufei Zhang Program of Study: Psychology Transfer: UCLA “Green River is a small school with small classes, so I got a lot of personalized attention from faculty and advisors. I got valuable advice on how to get into a top 4-year university.”

*For students who have not achieved academic English Proficiency requirements (TOEFL 61/173/500)


Student Life

Clubs • Engineering • Asian Student Union • Cricket • Many, many more! Leadership and Student Government Sports: • Men’s and Women’s Basketball • Men’s and Women’s Tennis • Men’s and Women’s Golf • Women’s Soccer • Many more! Radio Station: • KGRG: a campus radio station run by students Volunteer in the Community Enjoy Seattle and the Pacific Northwest • Hiking • Restaurants, shopping, and sports events. Explore America • Trips to California, Canada, New York, Las Vegas, and Hawaii during term breaks.



Student Services

Yuki Ikeda Program of Study: Mid-Sweden University Exchange Program and General Studies Transfer: Purdue “If you try to get involved in school activities, there are lots of ways to. Don’t be shy, and try for everything. Your time in school (in the USA) is limited. Make your life wonderful. Great moments come from great chances – and this is your chance.”

We Know our Students; We Take the Time.

Advising - Every international student is assigned to an advisor. Five full-time international student advisors and two part-time advisors provide every student with personal help with orientation, registration, cultural adjustment, academic and transfer advising, assistance with university applications and personal statement workshops. Orientation • one-week orientation • overnight retreat • trip to Seattle • meet with advisors • register for classes • meet American and International Student Leaders


Comprehensive, Personal Service - 30+ full-time professional employees assist International Students with everything from admissions to transfer and every need in between.

Qiong (Linda) Li Program of Study: Business (Finance) and Beijing Normal University Transfer: University of Washington “I came to Green River in the fall of 2006. The faculty, staff and advisors are so supportive at Green River Community College. They boost my selfconfidence and motivate me towards my goals.”


Live On Campus! • Private bedrooms • 4-bedroom/2-bath units • Shared living & kitchen areas • Individual contracts • Bed, desk & living room furniture • Dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave • Internet, phone, cable TV • All utilities included • Central laundry room • Move-in kits with basic supplies

Enjoy Residential Life! • Walk to campus • 24-hour Campus Safety staff • Convenient parking • 340 American and international students • Community room to relax with friends • Easy to join campus activities: · Welcome Party · Game and movie nights · Karaoke talent show · Pizza parties · And much more!


Campus Corner Apartments (CCA)

Junho Kim Program of Study: Computer Science CCA Residential Council Member I love CCA because it is close to campus. Also, I have been able to make a lot of friends from many different countries, and I don’t have to worry about bills and finding a roommate. At CCA, I can focus better on my studies.

Sample floor plan at CCA


Homestays • Live with an American Host Family • Share U.S. customs and culture • Participate in household activities • Practice English skills • Fully furnished private room • U.S. style meals • Transportation within 45 minutes to campus by bus or family

Airport Pick-up Provided when you apply for campus apartments, homestay or homeshare.



Homestay and Homeshare

Carlos Lameiras Program of Study: ArchitectureTransfer: Purdue University Green River Community College provides an awesome environment for me to stay focused on studies. I transfered to a top university thanks to the advisors who helped with my academic plan.

Gabriella Lestari Program of Study: Chemical Engineering and Kaust Scholarship Recipient, Saudia Arabia Transfer: UC Berkeley “Green River Community College has helped me through its abundant opportunities to get involved and make college experience way beyond the classroom. The International Programs staff are also always helpful and supportive.”


How to Apply Indonesia

Devina Sanjaya Program of Study: Aerospace Engineering Transfer: University of Michigan: Ann Arbor


CONVENIENT: On-line, fax or mail Completed application

· TOEFL 61/173/500, IELTS 5.5, no band lower than 5.0+ = Admission $50 non-refundable to Academic Program application fee · No TOEFL or IELTS = Housing Placement Placement in Intensive Requirements: English Program · Completed housing section on application and $300 Four Annual Admission Dates placement fee · Fall = September start · Applicants must be at · Winter = January start least 16 years of age · Copy of Passport · Spring = March start Financial statement

India Nitish is very involved on campus. He participated in Student Government as the by-law Committee Senator and the President of the Cricket Club. “GRCC is a great place to live, study and play cricket. I like it so much. If I had to choose a college again, it would be this one.”

FAST: quick response Admission Requirements TOEFL/IELTS Requirements

“The High School Completion Program saved me time and money. I could finish my high school at the same time as I finished my first year of college. Also, the program increased my credibility when I transferred to the university.

Nitish Duggal Program of Study: Computer Science Transfer: Seattle University

SIMPLE: One application form

Highly Recommended High school or college transcript (sealed envelope)

· Summer = June start

Green River Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.

Scholarships and Work Grants for New Students Multiple awards are given each fall, winter and spring quarter in the form of tuition waivers. Award range from $200 to $500. Four Leadership Work Grants: International Student Ambassador Apprentice Awards are awarded where students may earn up to $1,000 per quarter working as leaders on campus. See our website for more application details.

Come Study with Us

Auburn, Washington

· Population = 67,000 · Movie theaters · Large Shopping mall · Athletic facilities · Parks · Train Station

Annual Average Temperature

10.6°C (51°F)

Average Temperature Ranges

January: 2°C – 7°C (34°F – 44°F) July: 12°C – 26°C (53°F – 75°F) October: 6°C – 16°C (43°F – 61°F)

Close to the action! · · · · · · ·

45 minutes to Seattle: Home to Microsoft,, Starbucks Coffee, Boeing and Real Player; Professional athletic teams: Mariners (baseball), Sounders (soccer), and Seahawks (football); Seattle’s alternative music scene, world famous bands, traveling Broadway shows, Waterfront shops and restaurants, and International District. 25 minutes to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport 2 ½ hours to Vancouver, Canada 2 hours to the Pacific Ocean beaches 1 hour to local ski resorts 2 ½ hours to Los Angeles (by plane) 2 hours to San Francisco (by plane)

3 Easy ways to apply


1. On-line international


2. By Fax (253) 333-4940


3. By Mail International Programs Green River Community College 12401 SE 320th Street Auburn, WA 98092-3622 USA


Effective July 2012

GRCC IP Brochure 2012  
GRCC IP Brochure 2012  

Main marketing brochure for GRCC's International Programs