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International Students


Spokane Community College (SCC) and Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) welcome the applications of students from countries around the world. Both colleges offer international students an opportunity to pursue a quality career/technical or liberal arts education while living in a medium-sized U.S. city with a metropolitan population of more than 500,000. For students who wish to stay in the U.S. 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.

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

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.

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.

Admission Policy for International Students

International students are admitted by the Global Education Office upon receipt of the following information:

  1. A completed application.
  2. Evidence of high school graduation or equivalent.
  3. English translation of high school and college-level transcripts (also include any US transcripts).
  4. Proof of English language proficiency.
  5. Documented evidence of financial support (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS).
  6. Copy of passport with expiration date at least six months beyond the quarter start date for which the student is applying.

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English Proficiency

To be admitted to SCC or SFCC, all non-native speakers of English must demonstrate their proficiency in English.

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

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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

A Homestay Program is designed for international students studying at SCC or SFCC. Homestay provides an opportunity to improve communication skills, experience U.S. culture on a personal and daily basis, and build a long-term relationship with a Spokane family.

The Homestay Program is required for students who are 16 or 17 years old on their program of study start date. The Homestay Program is not required for students 18 years old or older.

International students 18 years old or older can choose to live in off-campus housing. To make it easier to find good housing, SCC and SFCC have partnered with, a website that provides off-campus housing solutions for our international students. This service is free for students to use to find a place to live off-campus, post a sublet or find a roommate. Registration is not required to search the listings.

Learn more about the CCS Homestay Program and other housing options on our website:

For more information, call 509-533-3122, 509-533-8885, or email

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.

Special Programs

Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College 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 international students 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 international friendships.
  • Improve English language skills.
  • Gain a greater understanding of other cultures.

International High School Completion Program

The Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) offers a high school completion program to qualified international students who want to get a head start on their education. Students in this program can earn a Washington State high school diploma and Associate Degree at the same time. International High School Completion (IHSC) students save time and money by completing two programs at once.

For more information, call the Global Education Office, 509-533-3122; or visit:

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 Study in the States website for further details.

For more information, call the Global Education Office: 509-533-3122 or 509-533-8885.