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Green River College International Programs

Washington: Traditional Gap Year

Sanders van der Neut - the Netherlands

“If I had this to do all over again, I wouldn't change a thing. I would do everything the exact same way. I would tell my friends you just have to go. This is something you have to experience to see how awesome it is.” ...more

  • Sander van der Neut The Netherlands
  • Gap Year - Traditional
  • Now attending VU University Amsterdam.

Traditional Gap Year at Green River College in Washington State

Spend your gap year in the Pacific Northwest

Done with high school but not ready or willing to commit yourself to a major or a university? Or do you just want a break from whatever you’re currently doing? Come to Green River for a year — a Gap Year — and experience American culture, take enjoyable classes, travel, make friends from all over the world; learn while having fun at the same time. Can't afford to come for a full year? Come for just one quarter. That's what Sander van der Neut did.

Video: Pascal Weber from Germany talks about his Gap Year experience which involved taking aviation classes. You can also read his blog.

Video: Annelies and Anneloes from the Netherlands talk about college life at Green River and what's in store for the future.

Video: Jelle Draper and Ramon Peekel explore the Olympic National Park in Washington.

Dolor sit amet
December 10, 2013

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Financial statement
  • Secondary school graduate or 17+ years of age
  • English proficiency is required for direct placement in academic program


Seattle has long been the home and inspiration of great musicians like Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and more recently Macklemore. In addition, Seattle hosts some major cutting edge industries like Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing and Starbucks. This mix of die-hard live music fans and young professionals makes taking courses in the Seattle area a fantastic cultural experience, whatever your interests.

Green River College, just 45 minutes from the city center, is located in Auburn, Washington. The campus is surrounded by forests and natural beauty making it an idyllic and peaceful place to study.

When the weekend comes around, Green River is not far from great movie and arts scenes; renowned symphony, opera, ballet and theater companies; professional sports teams (SeaHawks and Sounders); a variety of restaurants; vibrant cultural and music festivals; and great outdoor adventures for hiking, biking, boating, and skiing.

  • Combine language and academic studies
  • Study abroad for 3, 6 or 9 months
  • Transfer to a world class university for a BA degree
  • Achieve complete language fluency
  • Network with students from over 60 countries

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