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Olympia, WA, U.S.A.

Your Studies Begin Here.

Attend A Top 10 Best Community College

As a Top 10 community college, South Puget Sound Community College is an excellent choice for international students to learn English, earn an associate degree, and transfer to a 4-year university. We can't wait to meet you!

Age & English Requirements

Minimum age requirement: Applicants must be at least 16 years old by their first quarter enrolled at SPSCC. 

English proficiency: An English proficiency exam score (TOEFL, IELTS, etc.) is not required for admission. Applicants who choose to provide an accepted English proficiency score will place directly into our college or high school completion program.

Applications, Admissions & Deadlines

Visit the International Admissions page for application deadlines, important dates, and the list of required documents to apply for admission to SPSCC.

Go to International Admissions Page   

Tuition & Costs

Tuition and fees are paid each quarter after the student registers for classes.

Payment options include: credit card, cashier's check, money order, wire transfer, personal check (from a U.S. bank) or traveler's check. Monthly payment plans are available to currently enrolled students.

Scholarships & Campus Jobs

SPSCC awards hundreds of scholarships each year that range from $500 to $4,000. There are several scholarship application cycles a year. These scholarships are available to new and continuing international students. Some universities offer a transfer scholarship based on GPA when transferring from SPSCC.

On-campus employment is also available to international students up to 19 hours a week. You can apply for on-campus jobs once you have arrived on campus.

Go to Costs & Scholarships Page

Homestay & Apartmement Living

Students can choose between two housing options at SPSCC: Homestays and Apartments.

  • Homestay students pay $680 a month and it includes most meals, WIFI and a private bedroom.
  • Apartments are also available and they are the most convenient option with being less than 2km from campus. Average apartment costs per student range $600 - $1,300 per month.

You will select and apply for your preferred housing option as soon as possible and before you arrive on campus.

All international students are provided with free public transportation. Visit the Housing information page for options while attending SPSCC and notify us of your preference once you have visa confirmation.

Go to Housing Page

Get Involved on Campus

You have many ways to get involved on campus. SPSCC provides events, trips, lectures, sports, concerts, clubs, cultural programs, and leadership opportunities.

Every quarter there are more than 30 programs and services across campus for students to explore the beautiful Pacific Northwest. These opportunities include festivals, parades, concerts, performing arts, clubs, lectures, athletic games, shopping and hiking trips, and a lot more.

Go to Campus Life Page

Academic Programs

SPSCC's Intensive English Program will help you improve your English proficiency for use in academics, business, communication, careers, and culture.

University Transfer & Pathway Program Options

International students are admitted to many top universities through the following options. By completing your first two years of college at SPSCC, you can:

  • Save 50 to 70% per year during your two years at SPSCC.
  • Earn an associate degree at SPSCC, which you can add to your resume.
  • Gain experience in college-level coursework, which will help make the transition to a 4-year university easier. 

View a list of some of the top transfer destinations for international students: Transfer Destinations of SPSCC International Students

1. Direct Transfer

Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degrees allow you to complete your first 90 credits at SPSCC and then transfer to a 4-year college or university in Washington as a junior (third year student). DTAs are a convenient and affordable way to pay for your bachelor's degree. Most private universities in Washington and many public universities out-of-state will also accept a DTA degree.

Transfer to one of the following Washington state colleges and universities:

  • University of Washington
  • Washington State University
  • Western Washington University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Central Washington University
  • University of Washington - Tacoma
  • The Evergreen State College

2. 2+2 Transfer Program

Our 2+2 Transfer Program offers students an opportunity to start their four-year bachelor's degree at SPSCC. The transfer program provides courses equivalent to the first two years of a university degree. Students can take two years at SPSCC, then transfer to a university to complete their four-year degree.

Through the University Pathway Program, you will gain the qualifications required to transfer to our partner institutions–or any university of your choice–as third-year college student (junior).

The following universities have offered the University Transfer Pathway option to any international student who is admitted to SPSCC.  You will receive the university conditional admission letter or statement at the same time you receive the SPSCC admission letter.

Participating Universities & Colleges

University* Degree or Transferrable credits required English or other classes required Minimum SPSCC GPA
Washington State University Associate Degree ENGL&101 and ENGL 102 3.0 or higher 2.5
University of Washington - Tacoma Associate Degree ENGL&101 and ENGL 102 3.0 or higher 2.75
Pacific Lutheran University Associate Degree or 90 transferrable credits ENGL&101 and ENGL 102 3.0 or higher 2.5
Montana State University 90 credits to qualify without TOEFL ENGL&101 and ENGL 102 3.0 or higher 2.0
The Evergreen State College Associate Degree ENGL&101 and ENGL 102 3.0 or higher 2.75
University of Washington - Bothell Associate Degree ENGL&101 and ENGL 102 3.0 or higher 2.75
Lewis-Clark State College Associate Degree ENGL&101 and ENGL 102 2.0 or higher 2.0
Tennessee Tech University Associate Degree with 90 transferrable credits ENGL&101 and ENGL 102 2.0 + US History 2.0

*Each university has conditions of admission that need to be met.  Each partner university issues its own admissions letter with its conditions clearly outlined therein.  The conditions of admission indicated in the letters can change without notice, and take precedence over the information contained in this chart.

International High School Completion Dual Degree Program

Begin College During High School

SPSCC offers international students the chance to earn both a high school diploma in Washington State and an associate degree at the same time through the International High School Completion Dual Degree Program.

Program Rules & Requirements
  • Students must be at least 16 years old when they begin classes at SPSCC.  
  • Students must graduate with an associate's degree from SPSCC.  
  • Students who have already earned a high school diploma or equivalent from home country or the U.S. are not eligible.  

Program Advantages

  • Earn a Washington State high school diploma and an associate degree at the same time.  
  • Graduate from college at an earlier age by completing an associate degree during high school age years.  
  • Gain experience in college-level coursework, which will help make the transition to a 4-year university easier to complete a bachelor's degree.   
  • Receive a customized education plan from an international student advisor.  

International students are typically required to take two years (or six academic quarters) of full-time, college-level courses to fulfill the requirements for both the high school diploma and associate degree.

Our international student advisors will design an academic plan that satisfies the requirements for both a high school diploma and associate degree with each student. This educational plan will be developed after the student arrives on campus.

Ready to Apply?

Go to Application Page

Contact International Student Services

Send us an email: 

Juana Alcala

Associate Dean of International Student Services

Mindy Jones

Program Manager