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Green River College International Programs

Advising for Current Students

"As Green River's International Programs Advising Team, we strive to help you achieve your individual and educational goals. We are passionate about helping you succeed and enjoy a rewarding, American experience!"

During the first quarter, your advisor will help you get registered. This is a great time to sign up for classes that will help you explore your interests.

Register for Classes Online

  • Five weeks into the quarter - check your registration access time:
    • Visit Online Services to check the day and time you can register for classes.
  • Use the Schedule Planner tool to help you look for open classes.
  • You can use the following tools when selecting courses:
  • Don't forget to pay tuition immediately after you register for classes. You may pay by credit card, cashier's check, money order, wire transfer, personal check (from a U.S. bank) or traveler's check. To pay by credit card, use the Credit Card Payment Authorization form or pay online. If you need additional time to pay, you can register for the STEP Payment Plan.
  • Remember to buy books for next quarter and consider selling your textbooks for the current quarter to the bookstore.

Online Entry Code Request

Rules: An entry code is used to allow registration for a class with prerequisites. If you have taken physics in high school and a physics course is a prerequisite for the class you want, you can request an entry code. Entry codes will not allow you to register for a full class.

If you have any questions, please contact

Credit Overload Request

Rules: If you wish to register for more than 21 credits in a quarter, an advisor must register you for the extra course. You must have a 3.0 gpa or better to exceed 21 credits. In-person requests will not be accepted during drop-in advising. Please submit your request no earlier than the day of your registration appointment. We will register students AFTER their registration appointment time and AFTER you have registered for your other classes. We will process registrations Monday-Friday. Requests received after 3pm will be processed the next business day. Please make sure the course you are requesting is open - we cannot add you to a full course. Finally, remember to check your schedule.

If you have any questions, please contact

Tips for a Successful Quarter

DO NOT DROP BELOW 12 CREDITS without specific permission from your International Student Advisor. If you drop below 12 credits, you will be out of status for your F-1 visa requirements and will have to leave the U.S. immediately.

Degree and Academic Planning

Academic Planning is long-term planning for course work required for you to achieve either an AA or focused classes in order to transfer to your transfer university. Students are advised to follow these steps when planning their Academic Goals at Green River and beyond:

  • Decide on your major: Most students have an idea of what major/area of academic focus they would like to study, but some do not, or change their mind. Make an appointment with your International Student Advisor to discuss potential majors and career interests.
  • Ed Plan: Once you choose your intended major, it is important to find out what courses are required for that degree and/or to transfer to a university upon completion of the degree at Green River. You will plan your courses using the Ed Plan tool. You will start to fill in your Ed Plan during your FFS and ISCE classes in your first quarter, and your advisor is available to help you complete your Ed Plan or help you with specific questions.
  • Where can you transfer? Choosing a university in the United States: There are many things to consider when choosing a university or college to transfer to after Green River. Some considerations include (but are not limited to): Where do you want to study? Does the university offer any special academic or other programs you are interested in? In order to assess your needs and desires for a transfer university, it is important to develop a list of criteria you want to use to evaluate colleges, compile a list of possible colleges and universities, and gather all your resources and information about each school you are considering, before narrowing your list of universities to 4 or 5 'finalist' choices. You will get tools and advice on this choice during your time in FFS and ISCE, and then you will meet with your International Student Advisor to discuss your target schools and refine your transfer plan.

How to transfer your SEVIS record

  • After you have been admitted to your transfer school, visit the IP office or email your advisor to obtain the Green River exit forms. Fill out Exit Form Part 1 and 2 and bring a copy of your acceptance letter. If new university requires their transfer-in form, make sure to print it out and give it to your advisor.
  • What date can your SEVIS be transferred? If you are currently enrolled, pick a transfer out date after the last day of your final quarter at Green River. Please contact your advisor if you have a special situation and have any questions about your SEVIS transfer date. SEVIS transfers will not be transferred until you have completed the quarter, have your acceptance letter, and have completed Exit Forms 1 and 2.
  • Be sure to keep copies of all of your syllabi for classes you took at the college level. Your transfer-in school may request your syllabi in order to properly evaluate your transfer credit.

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Applying for Graduation

  • Two quarters before you plan to graduate, you should apply for graduation at the Enrollment Services office. The specialists in Enrollment Services will process your application and email your Green River email account to let you know the exact classes you need to complete to graduate as planned.

Your Diploma

  • All diplomas and certificates will be mailed two months after the quarter ends from the Green River IP office. The IP office will contact you via email to confirm your mailing address before sending your diploma by airmail, free of charge.

Sample Degree Plans

The following are some sample degree plans created in our online degree plan system, called Ed Plan. Every current Green River student, as well as advisors, have access to Ed Plan, where students and advisors create customized degree plans to map out studies here at Green River.

Our students often transfer to top universities, and therefore pursue challenging schedules. Please visit our transfer page for more information about planning your university transfer.

If you plan to get an associate's degree or certificate at Green River, you can use the degree audit tool to track your progress towards completing your degree or certificate.

*Note that these degree plans are examples only. Degree, transfer credits and major requirements can change without notice, so it is the student's responsibly to carefully check requirements necessary for transfer, major admission and degree completion. Please ask your advisor if you have any questions!


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