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Green River College International Programs


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How to apply

Become a Green River student in 4 simple steps:

Admission at Green River is simple, fast and convenient with four admission dates each year: fall, winter, spring, and summer. See admission dates and deadlines for details.

Step 1: Submit Application

Step 1

You can apply:

Admission Requirements:

Please use only one method to submit your documents - email, mail or fax.

Housing Placement:

  • Completed housing section on application and $300 placement fee
  • Beginning fall quarter 2017, students age 16 on the quarter start date are required to live in a Green River homestay until they are 17.

High School Completion Students

  • High School and 9th grade transcript (sealed envelope)

Transfer students (from other schools in the US to GRC):

  • Transfer-in form
  • Copy of visa
  • Copy of I-20
  • Unofficial transcript from previous school

How to pay fees:

  • Pay by cashier's check, money order, personal check (from a U.S. bank), traveler's check or by credit card, using the Credit Card Payment Authorization form or by back wire transfer as follows:
  • Bank Wire Transfer to:
    U.S. Bank, 401-15th St. NE, Auburn, WA 98071,
    Student Name (must be included with wire information),
    Green River Student ID number (if known),
    ABA No., 125000105
    Green River College, International Account Number: 153504623387,
    SWIFT code: USBKUS44IMT,

Important! Send an e-mail to with the student name, date of birth, amount of money and date wired.

How to send your bank statement and supporting documents:

  • Email
  • Fax: (001) 253.333.4940
  • Mail to:
    Green River College
    International Programs
    12401 SE 320th Street
    Auburn, WA 98092 - USA

Step 2: Receive I-20 Form

Step 2

After we receive your complete application with required documents, an admissions package will be created for you within two business days. This contains a Green River acceptance letter and your I-20, which is an official document that confirms your acceptance as an international student in the USA.

Step 3: F-1 Visa Interview

Step 3

You must present the complete admissions package to the U.S. consulate in your home country. Before you make an appointment for an interview at the U.S. consular office nearest you, be sure to pay your SEVIS and visa fee online. The wait time for an interview varies from country to country. Check the US State Department website to learn more about preparing the visa application.

Step 4: Arrival in the USA

Step 4

As soon as you receive your F-1 visa, please email us at so that we can plan for your arrival. When you enter the U.S., show the immigration officer:

  • Your I-20 form
  • Your passport with a valid student visa

Please go to Arrival and Airport Pickup for more information.

Admission Policy

New international students who use Green River's I-20 to enter the U.S. must:

  • Report in person to Green River's orientation for new international students
  • Enroll for and attend the first quarter at Green River.
  • Present originals of: passport, visa, and Green River I-20*
  • Carry Health Insurance while enrolled at Green River

*International students transferring from other U.S. schools must present their most recent I-20 instead of a Green River I-20.

Health Insurance

International students are required to have health insurance. They can buy it from the college for $270 per quarter.

  • For new international students, Green River's health insurance coverage, The Lewer Agency Inc., begins when the student enters the U.S., up to 30 days before classes begin.
  • For current international students, coverage begins the first day of the quarter.
  • Coverage for all students ends one day before the next quarter's classes begin.

International students can bring proof of their own health insurance from their home country. Proof of personal health insurance must be presented by the first day of the quarter, in English, and must show the following:

  • Medical coverage per accident or sickness $500,000
  • Deductible per accident or sickness of no more than $100
  • Repatriation coverage unlimited

English Requirements

English Proficiency Requirements

International students whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate proficiency in English before taking academic classes full-time. Students who have not met English proficiency begin with Intensive English classes.

English proficiency can be demonstrated by meeting any one of the following:

  • TOEFL 61/173/500 or higher on the international TOEFL or Green River institutional TOEFL. Institutional TOEFL scores from EF, ELS, CJR, Kaplan International, Japan College of Foreign Language (JFL), Osaka college of Foreign Languages (OCFL), IIEF and HIUC are accepted. Institutional TOEFL scores from any other institution or school are not accepted. Send official TOEFL scores using Green River's TOEFL school code 4337.
  • IELTS 5.5 no band lower than 5.0

Additional English Proficiency measures

English Proficiency

These additional English Proficiency measures are accepted:

  • TOEFL 61/173/500 or higher on the international TOEFL or Green River institutional TOEFL. Institutional TOEFL scores from EF, ELS, CJR, Aspect, Vista, Kaplan, Japan College of Foreign Language (JFL) and Osaka college of Foreign Languages (OCFL) are accepted. Institutional TOEFL scores from any other institution or school are not recognized. When sending official TOEFL scores, please use Green River TOEFL school code 4337.
  • Academic placement on the Green River Intensive English Placement Test. Only a score of 85 or higher on the Multiple Choice section of the test and an academic level proficiency on both the written essay and oral test is considered an indication of academic-level standing.
  • Successful completion of all Green River Intensive English Academic Preparation (Level 5) classes. If a student has completed one or more Academic Preparation classes, the student may begin academic studies*. Students completing the Intensive English program must begin their academic studies within two quarters of completing Intensive English classes. (*Students must consult with an International advisor regarding concurrent Intensive English/Academic classes)
  • IELTS of 5.5 with no band lower than 5.0. 
  • Official SAT Score of not lower that WRITING 380 AND READING 350
  • Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) O level passing score in English
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) of no lower than 46
  • STEP/EIKEN score of Grade Pre-1 or better
  • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) English (not ESL) score of C or higher
  • Academic-level transfer students only: placement in or completion of English 101 or higher, at an accredited English-language college or university. Academic standing at another institution is not recognized without English proficiency. Placement in English 101 does not constitute completion of the English proficiency requirement for GRC Intensive English students.
  • Completion of the appropriate ESL level at these schools:
    • EF International Language School - Upper Intermediate 2 Level (B2-3) or Institutional TOEFL or IBT Report
    • ELS Language Schools - Level 109, Advanced, or Institutional TOEFL Report
    • FLS - Level 14
    • Kaplan International English Programs - Advanced Level Completion Letter
    • Embassy CES - Intermediate Level
    • St. Giles International English Language Academy - Level 6
  • Secondary Education:
    • Official high school completion diploma from accredited institutions in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom or the United States indicating a passing score in English.
    • Denmark: A minimum grade of 7 in A-level English and 10 in B-level English (new scale); grade of 11 in English in Stream B, Technical Path
    • Finland: High School English grade 8 or higher
    • Germany: Gymnasium/Abitur of 7 or higher in LF classes; without LF, a grade of 10 or higher
    • Netherlands: VWO: 6 or higher; HAVO: 7 or higher; MBO: 7 or higher
    • Nigeria: Completion of Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) with a score in English of C6 or higher
    • Norway: High School English grade of 4 or higher
    • Sweden: Upper Secondary School: VG
    • Singapore: Completion of N level or higher

Getting a Visa

Student visas are issued by U.S. Embassies and Consulates located outside the United States. The application process typically includes an interview with a consular official. Most interviews are short (one to two minutes) and are conducted in English, so good preparation is essential. It is important to plan your answers thoroughly in advance and be honest. More on how to apply for a visa in your home country

Essential Points of a Visa Interview

  • Have a clear plan. Describe why, where, and what you plan to study in the U.S.
  • Show enough funds to cover tuition and living expenses. For detailed expense information, see the Costs page of this website.
  • Explain your intention to return home. Tie it to your specific situation and avoid generalities.
  • If you will take Intensive English first, as listed on your I-20, you can request to be interviewed in your first language.

Sample Interview Questions

  • Why do you want to study at Green River College in the United States?
  • Do you have any family members or relatives in the United States?
  • If you have relatives in the United States, who are they, where do they live and what is their relationship to you?
  • What ties do you have in your home country that will draw you home?

    Our Recommendation

    Establish a strong personal motive to return to your country after you complete your course of study.

  • Who is funding your educational expenses?

    Our Recommendation

    Show documents proving there is a valid source of funds, and explain clearly how they were obtained and/or will be obtained in the future.

Document Requirements

Check for specific requirements in your home country. Typical documentation includes:

  1. I-20 issued by Green River College
  2. Visa and processing fee - paid to U.S. Embassy or Consulate
  3. Photo, passport-sized
  4. Valid passport
  5. Completed visa application form
  6. High school (and university, if available) transcripts, in English
  7. TOEFL scores (if available)
  8. Documents indicating reasons to return to home country after education, if available, such as:
    • Job offer or admission to an educational program upon return
    • Documentation of research you've done on your intended job in your country like translated job advertisements or quotes from newspaper or trade industry article.
    • Statement of future plans. (Take care to demonstrate the relevance of the US course of study to those plans).
    • An indication of close personal ties in the home country (parents, spouse, children, fiancé, etc.).
    • Local identity card (indicating, if possible, your entire immediate family).
  9. Financial statement(s): originals to show and photocopies to submit, for example:
    • Bank statements
    • Certificates of deposit
    • Earnings statements
    • Proof of sponsorship from a corporation or other entity

Issuance or Denial of Visa

If you are issued a visa

Congratulations! Contact us to confirm your arrival plans.

If you are denied a visa

Politely ask the consular official why the application was denied and when you may apply again. Then, contact your agent or Green River College. If the denial was based on a misunderstanding or poor communication, we may be able to write a letter for your second visa interview. Such a letter of support does not guarantee approval, but may clarify points of possible miscommunication.

If you have questions, please e-mail us

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