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 Erica Swenson, 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!

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

More testimonials

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 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 November 2023
Orientation Parent (virtual)
15 November 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


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

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