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Start your transfer degree online at one of America’s top community colleges. South Puget Sound Community College is located in Olympia, the capital city of Washington State. Learn English, earn an associate degree, and transfer to a 4-year university.

Apply now to start classes online from your home country while we wait for the chance to secure a Visa and join us in the United States.


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“SPSCC goes above and beyond to help international students.”

Vanessa Enendu
From Nigeria, West Africa
Associate in Nursing, 2020

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Intensive English Program

SPSCC has a wide variety of classes designed to improve your English language and study skills and prepare you for the U.S. university classroom. Start at the right level for you. You will take the SPSCC English Assessment to determine your basic English proficiency. TOEFL or IELTS are not required. You will complete this assessment at orientation. Each level is 12 weeks long.

The program offers six levels of language instruction from beginning to advanced. Students typically complete the Intensive English Program in four levels or less and begin taking college classes.

Academic Pathway Programs

Pathways allows you to take classes related to your major of interest and earn your degree faster to graduate and transfer to a university.

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Housing Options

Homestay Program
Homestay is a great way to experience American culture. Our diverse hosts consist of women, men, couples with children, single parents with children, retired persons, and persons who practice religion. Homestays offer you an American family experience and the opportunity to practice you English. Students are provided a fully furnished private room and most meals.

Transportation to and from campus caries, though all hosts are on a convenient bus line to SPSCC and students receive a free bus pass.

One-time Homestay Placement Fee: $550
Homestay Rent: $630

Rental rates for apartments are affordable and competitive. Billing your rent and utilities to your student account once per quarter leaves more time to focus on academics.

Only minutes from campus, students can enjoy safe, high-quality apartments. Apartments provide an opportunity to live with other SPSCC students within walking distance from campus. They are also close to bus lines, restaurants, and shopping. Each apartment has a shared living area, kitchen, dining room, bedrooms, and bathrooms. They also have a stove/oven, refrigerator/freezer, washer/dryer, and dishwasher. Each apartment complex has a swimming pool, workout gym, and community center. Students must be 18 to live in an apartment, and apartments are limited.

We have 2-bedroom units, and 3-bedroom units each with two bathrooms. There are two options: a student can rent a private bedroom or share a room (for a lower rental rate).
Apartment Nonrefundable Deposit: $500
Apartment Application Fee: $100

Average Rent Per Month: $312 - $848

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