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!

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.

What to Expect

View Spring 2023 New Student Virtual Orientation Schedule schedule.

  • Intensive English New Students  - March 15, 2023
  • Academic New Students - March 16, 2023

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.

Spring Term New Student In-Person Orientation - March 30, 2023 

The Vice President of International Programs & Extended Learning will welcome New Students at 10:00 am in the Student Union Grand Hall (SU). View International Programs Main Campus Map.  

What to bring to in-person orientation:

  • Passport
  • U.S. Address
Schedule (times are listed in U.S. Pacific Standard Time [PST] zone)
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Check in at the Student Union (SU) View International Programs Main Campus Map.
(breakfast will be served)
10:00 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.  GRC Welcome from Wendy Stewart, Vice President of International Programs & Extended Learning
10:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Campus Tours with Student Leaders and Online Services Information Session (or placement test if needed
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Lunch 
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Meet your Advisor 
2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.   Meet & Greet with Peer Mentors 
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Question and Answer Time - CCA 101 (for students living in CCA only) 
5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. CCA Shopping Trip (for students living in CCA only) 


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.

Winter Term
Classes Start:
3 January 2023
Classes End:
23 March 2023
Spring Term
Preferred Application Deadline:
1 February 2023
Orientation Student (virtual)
15 & 16 March 2023
Orientation Parent (virtual)
17 March 2023 
Arrival & Housing Move-in Day
29 March 2023
In-Person Orientation Day
30 March 2023 
Classes Start:
3 April 2023
Classes End:
16 June 2023

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