Welcome International Students

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!

Application, Deadlines & Requirements

View application deadlines, important dates and the list of required documents to apply for admission. 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.

Tuition, Scholarships & Campus Jobs

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.

SPSCC awards hundreds of scholarships each year that range from $500 to $4,000. There are three 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.

English & Academic Programs

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


Students can choose between two housing options at SPSCC. The most affordable option is the SPSCC Homestay Program. The homestay rent is $630 a month and it includes most meals, WIFI and a private bedroom. Apartments are also available through our community partners. Apartment costs each month per student range $600 - $1,300 and require a minimum six month lease. All international students are provided with free public transportation.

Campus Life

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.