The Seattle Colleges



Don’t get lost in the masses at a big university. Take your freshman and sophomore classes at Seattle Central and enjoy smaller class sizes with dedicated instructors who want you to succeed. Whether your goal is to obtain an associate degree and transfer into a bachelor’s program, earn a skills-based certificate, or just take a few classes, Seattle Central has a program designed for you. Almost half of our students transfer to a four-year school after receiving their associate degrees, and more than a third develop or enhance job skills. Seattle Central College has been transforming lives for nearly 50 years. We are proud to be Seattle’s first community college, serving more than 500,000 students since 1966. Our main campus on Capitol Hill is the only community college in the city’s core. We are easily reached by public transportation, and a new light rail station will soon connect the campus to other parts of the city, including the University of Washington. Our urban location offers countless choices for shopping, dining, and entertainment. We also offer classes at two nearby locations. The Wood Technology Center, in the Central District, has been training woodworkers since 1936. The Seattle Maritime Academy on the working waterfront in Ballard trains students to work in the maritime industry. Seattle Central has been recognized by The New York Times as a community college of choice for ambitious, high achieving students. The college offers several bachelor’s degrees, 31 associate degrees and 45 certificates in 28 programs of study, serving the career goals of students and the demands of employers in culinary arts, apparel design, information technology, maritime, healthcare and social and human services. All programs provide real-world, hands-on training from instructors who stay current with the latest industry trends. Students at Seattle Central range in age from 16 to 80 and make up a dynamic and diverse community. More than 50 countries are represented on campus. Whatever your educational goals, Seattle Central can help. Unlike many colleges, we have an open admissions policy. If you want to succeed in college, we have a place for you. Visit or call 206.934.3898. The Seattle Colleges will educate our students to become well-prepared members of a global society. Accreditation: The Seattle Colleges are two-year public institutions established in 1967 and accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities*, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the United States Department of Education. Each college is accredited individually; Seattle Vocational Institute is accredited jointly with Seattle Central. (NWCCU, 8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100, Redmond, WA 98052) Locations: More than 51,000 students per year attend one of our three colleges, all of which are located within the Seattle city limits. Seattle Central College is located on Capitol Hill, an urban environment with easy access to downtown Seattle; North Seattle College is five miles north of the city center in a residential neighborhood, and South Seattle College is eight miles southwest of the city center on 87 acres overlooking the city from the West Seattle neighborhood. Close to 3,000 international students attend our colleges each year. Each college offers intensive English programs as well as college transfer degrees to prepare for many academic majors. Each college also offers a unique group of Professional-Technical programs that range from 1-7 quarters and offer certificates or degrees. Three Bachelor of Applied Science degrees is offered at Central and South. International students who choose to start their baccalaureate degrees at the Seattle Colleges will find excellent transfer agreements to prestigious universities such as the University of Washington, Seattle University, Arizona State University, Texas A&M, several University of California institutions and many others. Student Services offer many support services for students, ranging from counseling and academic advising to tutoring, housing support, activities and student leadership opportunities.

Program Options

The following study programs are available to International Students: Intensive English Students enroll in general English courses at the beginning, intermediate or advanced levels. College Bridge Students develop academic skills to prepare for college/university level studies and may enroll in one or more college-level courses. College Transfer Students enroll in the two-year Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree at the Seattle Colleges. This degree is equivalent to the first two years at a university. The associate’s degree transfers to hundreds of four-year colleges and universities around the United States. Students enjoy lower tuition and smaller class sizes than at most four-year colleges. Professional-Technical Programs Students can choose from more than 135 degree and certificate programs in professional and technical fields. Programs vary in length from one to seven quarters. High School Completion Students can complete their high school diploma and earn their associate’s degree at the same time. Summer Session Students can choose from a range of college and English programs during the summer term.


Application Fee: USD $50 International students are considered to be non-residents for tuition purposes as long as they are in the United States on a non-immigrant visa (F, M, J, L, A, etc.). The following are estimated expenses for a student in college-level programs or Intensive ESL study for one quarter (approximately 3 months). The costs are subject to change without notice.

*Summer 2015 Medical Insurance Fee: $242.10 US. Living expenses will vary, depending upon how students manage their money. Application Process Each of our colleges lists the steps for applying on its own website. After students decide which college to attend, they should follow the steps listed by the college. The criteria for acceptance are the same at all our colleges. Housing Each college provides assistance to international students in finding appropriate housing. Visit each college website for details about this assistance. International Student Services Each college has an International Student Services office to help students with the arrival, getting acquainted, campus and community orientation, housing, social activities and many other services. Quarter / Semester Some institutions in the USA operate on a semester basis (2 semesters in a year, usually 4-5 months per semester) or a quarterly basis. Many institutions on the West Coast of the USA are on a quarter system, which is typically 11-12 weeks. For institutions on the quarter system, there are 3 quarters in the normal year (Fall, Winter, Spring) and students may choose to also attend Summer quarter. Seattle Colleges use the quarter system Transfer Options to 4-year Colleges and Universities International students from the Seattle Colleges transfer to many different colleges and universities throughout the United States. Our colleges have established two types of written agreements with a number of four-year colleges and universities:

  • International Transfer Admission Guarantee
  • Direct Transfer Agreements

In addition, our international students have been accepted to hundreds of other institutions of higher education in the United States. Representatives from 70-80 colleges and universities attend International Student Transfer Fairs which are held twice a year on our campuses. International Transfer Admission Guarantee and Pathway Partnerships The Seattle Colleges have Transfer Admission Guarantees and Pathway Partnerships with several partner institutions, including some of the most well-known colleges and universities in the country. International student applicants who apply for the college transfer program can choose one of our partner institutions to transfer to for their final two years of the Bachelor's Degree. Applicants who are accepted to one of the Seattle Community Colleges will receive both an admission letter from our colleges and a Transfer Admission Guarantee† from the university they have selected. The student must complete the Associate’s Degree at the Seattle Colleges with the required GPA in order to fulfill the conditional offer. The GPA requirements are obtainable by most international students as the average GPA for International Students in the Seattle Colleges is 3.4. Students can show these admission letters to the United States Embassy or Consulate to explain their academic goals and career pathways and obtain student visas. Each of our colleges can help students with the process of getting these letters.

- Intensive English College level
Full-Time Tuition $2,700.00 US $3,079.00 US
College Fees (Average) - variable $100.00 US $100.00 US
Medical Insurance (required) $398.37 US* $398.37 US*
Books $300.00 US $300.00 US.
Living Expenses $2,550.00 US $2,550.00 US
Bus Pass $150.00 US $150.00 US
Total ESTIMATED expenses: $6,198.37 US per quarter $6,577.37 US per quarter
- Type of Agreement Required GPA For Transfer
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ - (480) 965-7788 Guarantee 2.50
California State University, Northridge, CA - (818) 677-3760 Guarantee 2.40
California State University, San Marcos, California 92078 - (760) 750-4000 Guarantee 2.00
Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 99004 - (509) 359-2331 Guarantee 2.00
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN 46202 - (317) 274-7000 Guarantee 2.00
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717 - (406) 994-72252 Guarantee 2.00
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA - (415) 338-1293 Guarantee 2.00
Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA - (206) 281-2000 Guarantee 2.50
Seattle University, Seattle, WA - (206) 296-6000 Guarantee 3.00
The State University of New York at Oneonta, NY 13820 - (607) 436-3363 Guarantee 2.50
University of Alaska, Fairbanks, AK - (907) 474-7211 Guarantee 3.00
The University of California, Irvine, CA 92697 - (949) 824-6703 Pathway 3.50
University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106 - (805) 893-2881 Pathway 3.50
University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV - (702) 895-3011 Guarantee 2.50
University of Washington, Bothell, WA - (425) 352-5200 Guarantee 3.00
University of Washington, Tacoma, WA - (253) 692-4788 Guarantee 2.75
Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164 – (888) 468-6978 Guarantee 2.50
Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225 - (360) 650-3000 Guarantee 3.00



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