Green River College International Programs

Welcome to Green River College

Both virtual and in-person orientation are mandatory for new international students.

We look forward to meeting you at both our Virtual New Student Orientation and In-Person Orientation for placement tests, class registration, campus tours, and Day trip.  With Orientation, you start your academic journey at Green River College with success!   

Winter 2024 International Student Virtual Orientation
December 13 & 14, 2023

Choose a time that works best for you. Attend only 1 session either morning or evening (times are listed in U.S. Pacific Standard Time (PST) zone). Click on link above to see schedule.

  • Intensive English New Students - December 13, 2023 - 8am to 10am (PST) or 4pm to 6pm (PST)
  • Academic New Students - December 14, 2023 - 8am to 10am (PST) or 4pm to 6pm(PST)


Winter Term New Student In-Person Orientation
December 28, 2023  

What to bring to in-person orientation:

  • EMPL ID -  located at the top of your GRC acceptance letter
  • Passport
  • U.S. Address

 International Programs Main Campus Map 

What to Expect at the In-Person Orientation (breakfast & lunch will be provided)

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  - Check-in at the Student Union (SU).  

GRC Welcome from Dr. Wendy Stewart, Vice President of International Programs & Extended Learning 

Placement Testing (if needed) 

Online Services (student account log-in) 

Campus Tours with Student Leaders 

High School Completion (HSC) for academic HSC students only 

Advising 101 

Foundation for Success with Peer Mentors 

3:30 p.m. - CCA (Student Housing) Orientation (for students living in CCA only) 

3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Non-CCA students - Questions/Free Time Activity (host family pick up)



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


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.

Day Trip

Green River provides a "New Student Adventure Trip" for new international students. You will enjoy a traditional campfire, crafts, and other activities with American and international student leaders!

Activity Trip

Green River will also provide a "New Student Shopping Trip" to a destination of interest in and around the Seattle area.  

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.

Parent Orientation

Family members of new students are invited to join both a virtual and in-person orientation at the beginning of each term.  Please be sure to register with Tawnya McLavey, Manager of the International Visitors Program.  Learn more about Parent Orientation.

Contact Us

Phone: 253-288-3300
Fax: 253-333-4940
Email: international@greenriver.edu
Zoom: Virtual Lobby

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Upcoming Dates

The application deadline for students transferring from within the U.S. is 8 a.m. on the first day of in-person orientation.

Fall Term
Classes Begin:
25 September 2023
Classes End:
14 December 2023
Winter Term
Preferred Application Deadline:
1 November 2023
Orientation Student (virtual)
13 & 14 December 2023
Orientation Parent (virtual)
15 December 2023 
Arrival & Housing Move-in Day
27 December 2023
In-Person Orientation Day
28 December 2023 
In-Person Parent Orientation
28 December 2023
Classes Start:
3 January 2024
Classes End:
22 March 2024

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday

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Green River College
IVD Building
12401 SE 320th Street
Auburn, WA USA 98092-3699

International Programs Main Campus Map