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Home Issue No 47 | Fall Quarter | October/November 2010

 

Important Information for our Students

 

Greetings Prospective Student,

Information in this section is designed to assist your transition to Green River Community College. You will find information on important dates to remember, housing information, a question of the month, scholarship information and finally dates you can meet with staff when they are in your country

Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions... Looking forward to meeting you soon at GRCC!

Michael McIntyre
Educational Planner & Student Advisor, International Programs

Important Information

Important Dates

Fall Quarter: September through December 2010
Classes start Sept. 20, 2010
Classes end Dec. 9, 2010
Winter Quarter: December through March 2011
Housing move-in date December 27, 2010
Orientation and testing December 28, 2010
Classes start January 3, 2011
Classes end March 18, 2011

Housing Information for Students Under 18 Years of Age

Age limit 18 for leasing apartments – If you are under the age of 18, you cannot sign a lease agreement with an outside apartment legally. Therefore, you must live in GRCC housing unless you have your parents’ permission

Leaving GRCC housing for students below the age of 18 – If a student under the age of 18 wishes to leave GRCC housing, we must have a signed agreement from the student’s parents or legal guardians.

Question of the Month. Answers to questions from prospective international students:

Every month the college receives questions from prospective students around the world. A new feature in the newsletter will be the “Question of the Month”. This month’s question is:

What housing options are available?

Answer:

There are four options available: campus housing (Campus Corner Apartments), home share, home stay, and an apartment. All have its perks and downsides, and there is no definite best choice – it all depends on your personal preferences.

At Campus Corner Apartments you get to know a lot of fellow students who usually are or have been in the same situation as you. A lot of events are organized by the staff there, which gives you the opportunity to get to know more people than just your roommates, and especially on weekends there’s a big chance of parties going on. All these positive sides come with a price tag that is a little bigger than the other options’, generally around $150 more a month. The money you pay for CCA already includes utilities and they provide basic furniture: a couch, a bed, a desk, a dresser, etc.

Home share is similar to living at CCA. You share a house with students, and you organize your household together. It usually costs less, but you get less service and it’s harder to socialize with people aside from your roommates.

Home stay is completely different from the former two options. You will be taken care of by an American family, who will provide you with food, a room, and all the basics. Usually the families take their host students on trips around the state and to Seattle, and some students get so close with the family that they stay in touch long after they’ve moved out. Of course, not every family works for every student, so you are able to switch if you don’t enjoy it.

Apartments are separate from Green River and are for that reason pretty difficult to arrange for incoming students. The rules for international students are different per apartment complex and they come without furniture, guidance, and basic supplies, so unless you already know someone that lives in an apartment near the College this isn’t a very feasible option for new students. Apartments are an option to consider after the first quarter if you don’t enjoy living on campus or with a family. Prize-wise, an apartment is a good option, as rent is usually less than what you pay for CCA or home share. You will have to furnish the place, though, and utilities usually aren’t included with rent (they are in CCA), so you’ll want to calculate how much or whether you save money at all before you rent an apartment.

Green River Staff on the Road

Bruce Compton
Netherlands: October 10-17
   
Ross Jennings
China, Hong Kong: October 16 - November 23
   
Geoff Moody
Bulgaria: October 6-12
Turkey: October 19-27
Indonesia: November 2-11
India: November 16-24
   
MacKenzie Hizon
Vietnam: October 12-25
China: November 4-10
   
Leo Harten Leo Harten
Our Recruitment Representative, is currently living in Indonesia. If you would like Leo to assist you with any promotional activities, please let us know. 

Let us Know How We Can Help

We are committed to delivering outstanding personal service to our students. We need your help to continually improve. Please send me your comments and let us know how we can better serve you: mmcintyre@greenriver.edu.

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