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International Students

Spokane Community College (SCC) and Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) welcome the applications of students from other countries. Both colleges offer international students an opportunity to pursue a quality career/technical or liberal arts education and to live in an All-American city with a metropolitan population of more than 500,000 people. For students who wish to stay in the US for study beyond a two-year degree, the community colleges prepare students for easy transition to four-year colleges and universities.

An important objective for Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) is to maintain a diverse student population. International students from all countries are encouraged to apply to SCC or SFCC. The colleges support diversity by welcoming international students from around the world.

International students or residents interested in international programs should contact the Global Education Office directly:

  • SCC: 509-533-8885
  • SFCC: 509-533-3242

Through its strong academic programs, international students can complete the first two years of study at CCS then transfer to the four-year institution of their choice to complete a bachelor’s degree, or international students may choose to enroll in one of nearly 100 specialized career and technical programs offered at SCC and SFCC.

Web site: www.ccs.spokane.edu/globaleducation.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

International students must successfully complete 12 credits each quarter, maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C grade) and progress through an academic program at a reasonable rate. Students who do not meet these requirements are placed on academic probation. Students who remain on academic probation for two consecutive quarters may be dismissed from the college.

ADMISSION POLICY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

International students are admitted by the Global Education Office upon receipt of the following information:
  1. A completed application form.
  2. Evidence of high school graduation or equivalent.
  3. English translation of high school and college-level transcripts (also include any US transcripts).
  4. Documented evidence of financial support. (US Immigration and Naturalization Service requirement.)
  5. Copy of passport with expiration date at least six months beyond the quarter start date for which the student is applying.

For more information, go to: ccs.spokane.edu/internationalstudents.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

To be admitted to SCC or SFCC with direct access to all non- English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, all non-native speakers of English must demonstrate their proficiency in English. There are different ways to do this:
  • Students may have direct access to academic classes at SCC or SFCC with the submission of TOEFL, IELTS, or TOEIC scores. For more information, visit ccs.spokane.edu/internationalstudents.
  • Students who complete the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) at SCC or SFCC may be unconditionally admitted to CCS institutions. In addition, English language proficiency also can be satisfied by providing a letter of recommendation and successfully completing the following levels in the following US Intensive English Language Programs: www.ccs.spokane.edu/englishproficiency.
  • Graduation from a US high school (after attending for at least one full year).
  • US college transfer with a minimum of one complete quarter that includes one course equivalent to English 101 with a minimum grade of 2.0.
If English ability does not meet any of the above criteria, but all other admission requirements have been met, the student can be granted conditional acceptance with the understanding that he/she will meet the English language requirements prior to official admission.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL) PROGRAMS

There are ESL programs at both SCC and at SFCC. These Intensive English Language Programs (IELPs) offer 20 hours of ESL instruction per week and are specifically designed to prepare students for entry into college courses and programs. By completing either program, students with proof of high school completion will receive unconditional acceptance to SCC or SFCC (with no additional testing, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc. required).

These programs are designed to raise students’ English proficiency quickly, so the student can enroll in regular college courses. In addition, both programs are designed to improve the full range of English language skills: writing, reading, listening, speaking, grammar, research, and study skills.

INTENSIVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM (IELP) AT SCC AND SFCC

The IELP supports international students in the accelerated development of English language proficiency as well as academic and cultural competencies needed to succeed at both colleges of CCS as well as other institutions of higher education and/or in the private sector in the United States.

Methodology: This program provides a curriculum that is student-centered and focuses on communicative competence as developed through authentic, practical interaction among students.

Focus: The IELP is a four-level, 20-credit college-preparatory program established within the English Departments of SCC and SFCC. It offers excellent individualized instruction in Writing, Reading, Listening, Speaking, Grammar, Research and Study Skills. Upon completion of the IELP, students are ready to begin regular college-level classes to earn a degree, complete a technical/professional program, earn a certificate, or just take a few classes before returning to their universities and careers in their home countries.

Levels:

  • High Beginner (50-level)
  • Low Intermediate (60-level)
  • Intermediate (70-level)
  • Upper Intermediate/Advanced (80-level)

Instructors: All IELP instructors are SCC or SFCC English Department faculty who hold Masters and/or Ph.D. degrees and have extensive ESL teaching experience both at colleges and universities in the US and abroad.

Class Hours: IELP classes meet 20 hours per week and are on the same quarter system as all other classes on campus.

Advising: The IELP provides personalized academic advising through IELP International Student Academic Advisers.

Technology: Cutting-edge software for language acquisition and computer resources is available within state-of-the-art classrooms and in the International Computer Labs (ICL).

Facilities: IELP students have full access to all SCC and SFCC facilities, e.g. Fitness Centers, Libraries, Spartan Theater, Recreation Centers, and all college activities.

Integration: Student involvement in the college, district, and community is promoted by means of the quarterly International Peer Mentor program, campus clubs and organizations, including the International Club and Phi Theta Kappa, as well as involvement in community participation projects. In addition, many students take advantage of the Homestay program, which allows them to live with an American family.

For more information, contact:

  • SCC Global Education: 509-533-8885
  • SFCC Global Education: 509-533-3242
  • SCC Intensive English Language Program: 509-533-3581
  • SFCC Intensive English Language Program: 509-533-3581

Web site: ccs.spokane.edu/IELP

For more information regarding average tuition and fees, visit: ccs.spokane.edu/internationalexpenses.

EXPENSES

Depending on different living styles, the cost of attending SCC or SFCC may vary.

For more information regarding average tuition and fees, visit: ccs.spokane.edu/internationalexpenses.

FINANCIAL AID

United States financial aid is NOT available to international students and on-campus employment is limited. Therefore, students must provide their own financial resources for tuition, fees and living expenses.

International students are encouraged to participate in the international college work- study programs. Work-study prepares students for future employment by providing experience with hiring, training, supervision and relations with the public and other staff members. It is a unique opportunity to earn while learning.

HOUSING ACCOMMODATIONS

DISCLAIMER: CCS provides this information for your convenience only and does not own or operate the housing options listed. Students are responsible for verifying the appropriateness of housing and selecting the housing option that meets their individual needs. In no event shall CCS be liable for any damages resulting from the provision of this information on student housing.

The International Homestay Program is designed for international students studying at SCC or SFCC in academic or Intensive English Language Programs. Homestay provides an opportunity to improve communication skills, experience American culture on a personal and daily basis, and build a long-term relationship with an American family.

Learn more about the CCS Homestay Program by contacting globalprograms@ccs.spokane.edu, or visit www.ccs.spokane.edu/globaleducation/international-students/homestay.

Other types of housing options for SCC or SFCC international students to consider are:

  • Dormitory-style housing: Collegiate Housing International Spokane
  • CCS provides a housing list that includes commercial and home-sharing apartments available in locations convenient to the campuses. Check with the Student Funded Programs Office on each campus.

For more information, call 509-533-4131 or e-mail globalprograms@ccs.spokane.edu.

SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Spokane Community College and SFCC offer several unique and important programs to support their international students. These programs offer opportunities for increased cultural exchange opportunities between SFCC/SCC students, Spokane residents and international students.

International Peer Mentors Program

The International Peer Mentors (IPM) program matches international students with American (resident) students in peer mentoring teams. This unique program provides peer support for internationals and Americans that enhances each student’s access to intercultural experience, relationship and communication practice. In particular, the IPM program is an opportunity for international students to:

  • Develop an international friendship.
  • Improve English language skills.
  • Gain a greater understanding of another culture.

STUDENT VISAS

International students admitted to SCC or SFCC are issued an I-20 form which must be presented at the US Consular Office during the visa application process. In addition, the student should present documentary evidence of financial support and a passport which must be valid for at least six months. Other visa regulations apply. It is recommended that international students visit the US State Department web site for further details.

For more information, call the Global Education Office: 509-533-3242 or 509-533-8659.

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