Foundation for Success

Green River College International Programs

About Foundation for Success

Foundation for Success (FFS) helps you establish a strong learning foundation and enables you to transfer well. As you adapt to a new culture and language, this extra help 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 international students - All first quarter IEP and academic students are enrolled in this one quarter program. Students will attend weekly workshops with Peer Mentors and program staff.
  • Regular Meetings with Mentors - You will have a scheduled cohort time to meet with your mentor and staff.  Mentors and students will meet an additional hour during each week to talk and go over issues important to the student. Additional activities including: US Culture; dining together; volunteering, cooking instruction; sporting activities.
  • College Success Skills - Students will participate in weekly learning modules including: Personal Health/Safety, College Success, Major/Career Selection, Networking, Time Management, Clubs and Activities, Study Skills and more.


If you have any questions about the Foundation for Success program, please email Mary Butcher, Program Manager.

"A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey

Peer Mentors are experienced students who listen to any concerns you might have and can speak with you from their own experience. Having someone to trust right away helps ease the uncertainties of your new life here at Green River. Your Peer Mentor will be available by text and email in addition to meeting with you twice weekly. You will be assigned your own Peer Mentor when you arrive.  Peer Mentors look forward to helping you!

photo of Nike Larasati

“Peer mentors are really helpful to new international students because they have first-hand experience of what they are going through. As international student mentors we have the ability to relate to new student concerns and give them the best advice on how to succeed in an American college. Mentors and mentees can help each other grow to become better people by sharing experiences and learning from each other.”

Nike Larasati
Country: Indonesia
Major: Accounting

photo of Arkar Htike

“Mentoring is a very good way for students to learn new things. FFS is less formal than any of the other classes and I think that is what makes FFS valuable and successful. Unlike a teacher-student relationship, the mentor-mentee relationship enables new international students to be more comfortable to ask questions and use the resources.”

Arkar Htike
Country: Myanmar
Major: Mechanical Engineering

Contact Us

Phone: 253-288-3300
Fax: 253-333-4940

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Upcoming Dates

Application deadline for students transferring from within the U.S. is by 8 a.m. on the first day of the quarter.

Summer Quarter
Classes Start:
24 June 2019
Classes End:
15 August 2019
Fall Quarter
Preferred Application Deadline:
15 August 2019
Airport Arrival & Housing Move-in Day:
10 & 11 September 2019
Orientation & Testing Begins:
12 September 2019
Classes Start:
23 September 2019
Classes End:
12 December 2019


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

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