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
You can apply:
Please use only one method to submit your documents - email, mail or fax.
- Completed application
- in English showing at least U.S. $21,000 for one year of study
- $50 non-refundable application fee
- Copy of valid passport
- Applicants must be 16 years of age by program start date
- 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 International@greenriver.edu with the student name, date of birth, amount of money and date wired.
How to send your bank statement and supporting documents:
- Fax: (001) 253.333.4940
- Mail to:
Green River College
12401 SE 320th Street
Auburn, WA 98092 - USA
Step 2: Receive I-20 Form
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
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
As soon as you receive your F-1 visa, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 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.
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
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?
Check for specific requirements in your home country. Typical documentation includes:
- I-20 issued by Green River College
- Visa and processing fee - paid to U.S. Embassy or Consulate
- Photo, passport-sized
- Valid passport
- Completed visa application form
- High school (and university, if available) transcripts, in English
- TOEFL scores (if available)
- Documents indicating reasons to return to home country after education, if available, such as:
Financial statement(s): originals to show and photocopies to submit, for example:
- 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).
- 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