Foundation for Success

Green River College International Programs

About Foundation for Success

Foundation for Success (IP 11) helps you establish a strong learning foundation and enables you to transition to school and life in the United States. As you adapt to a new culture and language, this extra class will ensure your success. Students in this program have many opportunities to develop and perfect their skills working alongside their Peer Mentors.

Program Information

Required for all new Intensive English Program (IEP) international students - All first-quarter students are enrolled in this one-quarter program. Students will attend weekly workshops with Peer Mentors and program staff.

  • College Success Skills - Class time will focus on topics like Healthcare, Safety, Good Communication, School Resources, Clubs and Activities, Study Skills, and much more.
  • Weekly Meetings with Mentors - Beyond the class time, mentors and students will meet an additional hour during each week to talk and go over issues important to the student, develop relationships, and find further connection to the campus, community and friends.

Peer Mentors are experienced students who listen to concerns you might have and speak with you from their own experience. Having someone to trust helps ease the worries of your new life here at Green River. You will be assigned a Peer Mentor during the first week of class. Peer Mentors look forward to helping you!


“I really enjoyed the snacks, and talking with other people in class, especially my peer mentor, and making friends.

"This class helped me know how to talk with other students, make friendships, catch a bus, and go shop for groceries. Furthermore, my mentor helped me a lot and taught me about life in America.”

If you have any questions about the Foundation for Success program, please contact Erica Swenson, Program Manager.


Tyler Khor, Peer Mentor for Foundation for Success, Malaysia

“Being a Peer Mentor offers so much more than just simply feeling good about helping new international students. I have gained new perspectives from others, developed strong leadership skills, and also learned how to handle things professionally in difficult situations. Mentoring is an opportunity to support your peers, while further strengthening your network and building leadership capabilities. Not to mention, FFS classes are more casual than usual classes, so new international students can feel more welcomed and relaxed.”

Tyler Khor
Country: Malaysia
Major: Design and Visual Communications

Sayaka Kobayashi, Peer Mentor, Japan

“Through Peer Mentoring, I've learned how interesting it is to interact with other international students and how to be more empathetic. By taking a step to reflect on myself more, mentoring has helped me to have a better understanding of my peers, try to find their point of view and build trust with them. I also enjoy sharing my two-years of experiences and information about the United States with my mentees.”

Sayaka Kobayashi
Country: Japan
Major: Communication Studies

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Contact Us

Phone: 253-288-3300
Fax: 253-333-4940
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 Arrival Day.

Spring Term
Classes Begin:
1 April 2024
Classes End:
17 June 2024
Summer Term
Preferred Application Deadline:
1 May 2024
Orientation Student (virtual)
12 & 13 June 2024
Orientation Parent (virtual)
14 June 2024 
Arrival & Housing Move-in Day
26 June 2024
In-Person Orientation Day
27 June 2024 
In-Person Parent Orientation
27 June 2024
Classes Start:
1 July 2024
Classes End:
22 August 2024


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

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