Programs

Intensive English

Application for the English Program

To apply, a student must be a high school graduate or 16 years of age and must submit the following: an International Student Admission Application, US $50 application fee, and a financial statement (bank statement). Apply Now!

English Program for university and academic preparation

Green River Community College's Intensive English Program is primarily for international students who want to prepare for academic study at American colleges and universities.  We offer small classes and personal attention from highly qualified instructors.  Study English at an intensive pace in an English-speaking environment.

 

Study English Near Seattle, Washington to Prepare for Transfer to American Universities

Our advanced level offers academic preparation classes and opportunities for students to experience regular college classes.  Most students who enroll in our Intensive English Program continue their academic study at Green River Community College for two years, then transfer to a four-year university in the U.S. to complete their bachelor's degree. Our students have transferred to University of Washington, University of Southern California, Purdue University, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and many other excellent American universities.

Learn important skills

Students in the English Program learn important skills that prepare them for academic study. Students learn the following skills:

  • English skills (grammar, writing, reading, and oral communication)
  • Academic skills (process writing, presentations, research, note-taking)
  • Study skills (organization, teamwork, self-assessment)
  • Culture skills (interaction with other international students and Americans, analysis of American life, and use of campus and community resources)

English program includes:

  • 20 instructional hours of class per week:
    Four instructional hours per day, five days per week (summer varies)
  • 5 Levels: Basic to Academic Preparation.
    Each level takes one quarter (three months) to complete.
  • Course Content: Grammar, Writing, Reading, Oral, and TOEFL Prep
  • Fall, winter and spring quarters last 11 weeks. Summer quarter is 8 weeks (6 instructional hours per day, 4 days per week). The English Program quarters follow the same calendar as the academic program.

English Program Placement Testing

A placement test is conducted during orientation and at the beginning of each quarter to help determine the student's level of English. Based on the test results, students are placed into English classes. Students who achieve a very high score on the placement test may qualify to take academic classes right away. Otherwise, students placed into the English Program must complete Academic Preparation (Level 5) before starting academic coursework. Those who enter the college with a TOEFL score of 61/173 /500 or  IELTS 5.5 (all bands) may begin academic classes immediately.

Small Classes and Highly Qualified English Instructors

Our instructors have years of experience in teaching English and living abroad. Additional learning support services include:

  • Free tutoring
  • Advisors to assist in degree and transfer planning, registration, immigration, housing and cultural adjustment
  • Planned activities on-campus and off-campus
  • Computer lab in the campus library

After completing the English Program, students can:

  • Move directly into academic studies at Green River Community College (if other admission requirements have been met)
  • Apply for admission to other U.S. colleges or universities
  • Return home with enhanced English language skills to apply to their work or studies

Costs

The cost of the program is the same as the current tuition and fees for full-time academic, International Students. English program class fees are refundable through the first day of the quarter.  They are non-refundable after the first day of the quarter. Costs.