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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:

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. 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 (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS).
  5. 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 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.
  • 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:
  • 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.

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. By completing IELP, 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).


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


IELP students have full access to all SCC and SFCC facilities, e.g. fitness centers, libraries, Spartan Theatre, recreation centers, and all college activities.


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.

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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 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.

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 509-533-4131, 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 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 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 509-533-8659; 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: 509-533-3242 or 509-533-8659.