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Green River College International Programs

Orientation

"Orientation was an awesome beginning to the quarter. I knew nobody when I arrived and by the end, I knew everybody." - Sander van der Neut - the Netherlands

Rodeo show at Orientation's overnight camp.

We look forward to meeting you at New Student Orientation for: placement tests, class registration, campus tours, an overnight camp, and a Seattle trip. With Orientation, you start your academic journey at Green River College with success!

Important Note

Send any English proficiency that we don't have, like TOEFL or IELTS scores, to International Admissions at international@greenriver.edu at least 3 weeks before orientation and receive priority placement in academic classes. Send it today!

Video: CORE is an overnight trip for new international students.

What to Bring

  • Passport and current Visa
  • I-20
  • New U.S. address and phone number
  • Proof of health insurance
  • E-mail address
  • Proof of English Proficiency is submitted when you apply to Green River or as soon as possible; if you bring it to orientation, you will take the English Placement test until your scores are verified.

Health Insurance

You must have health insurance. You can buy it from Green River for $270 per quarter.

  • For new 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 students, coverage begins the first day of the quarter.
  • Coverage for all students ends one day before the next quarter's classes begin.

You can bring proof of your own health insurance from your 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

What to Expect

Assessement

Seattle Trip

All new students take an assessment during Orientation. Students who submitted English proficiency at least 3 weeks before Orientation will take assessments for academic class placement and students that haven't will take the English placement test.

For more information on placement tests see the Advising page.

Advising

After you are admitted to Green River College, you will be assigned an advisor. Your advisor will send you a welcome email before orientation.

Registration

Students who have met the English Proficiency Requirements and are eligible for academic classes, will meet with their advisor before registering for classes. Halfway through their first quarter academic students meet one-on-one with their advisor to develop a personal education plan. It includes their major, destination universities and a 2-year course plan.

Seattle Trip

Seattle Trip

During your first two weeks you'll visit Seattle with student leaders and staff from Green River for a fun day of sightseeing and shopping!

Overnight Camp

roasting marshmallows

Green River provides a free overnight trip for new international students. You will stay in a comfortable, heated lodge and enjoy a traditional campfire and activities like swimming, boating, horseback riding, archery, games, and more with American and international student leaders!

What to Wear

Students and faculty dress casually at Green River. A typical winter outfit is jeans and a pullover or shirt; in the warm summer months, many students wear short pants to class. A light jacket is good to have any time of year.

Questions? Email us: International@greenriver.edu

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