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 well. 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 IEP students are enrolled in this one-quarter program. Students will attend weekly workshops with Peer Mentors and program staff.

  • Regular 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.
  • College Success Skills - Students will participate in weekly learning modules including Personal Health/Safety, Good Communication, Networking, Time Management, Clubs and Activities, Study Skills, and more.

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 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 a Peer Mentor during the first week of class. Peer Mentors look forward to helping you!


"I talked about various topics with my group members. I can improve my English talking skills during this class."

"I make many new friends. I know more new information in this school."

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

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
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Upcoming Dates

The application deadline for students transferring from within the U.S. is 8 a.m. on Arrival Day.

Winter Term
Classes Begin:
3 January 2024
Classes End:
22 March 2024
Spring Term
Preferred Application Deadline:
1 February 2024
Orientation Student (virtual)
13 & 14 March 2024
Orientation Parent (virtual)
15 March 2024 
Arrival & Housing Move-in Day
27 March 2024
In-Person Orientation Day
28 March 2024 
In-Person Parent Orientation
28 March 2024
Classes Start:
1 April 2024
Classes End:
17 June 2024


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

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