Gap Year - Washington

Green River College International Programs

Spend your gap year in the Pacific Northwest

Done with high school but not ready or willing to commit yourself to a major or a university? Or do you just want a break from whatever you’re currently doing? Come to Green River for a year — a Gap Year — and experience American culture, take enjoyable classes, travel, make friends from all over the world; learn while having fun at the same time.

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Seattle has long been the home and inspiration of great musicians like Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, and more recently Macklemore. In addition, Seattle hosts some major cutting edge industries like Amazon, Microsoft, Boeing and Starbucks. This mix of die-hard live music fans and young professionals makes taking courses in the Seattle area a fantastic cultural experience, whatever your interests.

Green River College, just 45 minutes from the city center, is located in Auburn, Washington. The campus is surrounded by forests and natural beauty making it an idyllic and peaceful place to study.

When the weekend comes around, Green River is not far from great movie and arts scenes; renowned symphony, opera, ballet and theater companies; professional sports teams (Seahawks and Sounders); a variety of restaurants; vibrant cultural and music festivals; and great outdoor adventures for hiking, biking, boating, and skiing.

  • Combine language and academic studies
  • Study abroad for 3, 6 or 9 months
  • Transfer to a world class university for a BA degree
  • Achieve complete language fluency
  • Network with students from over 60 countries

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Financial statement
  • Secondary school graduate or 17+ years of age
  • English proficiency is required for direct placement into the academic program.

Sander van der Neut

Gap Year: Washington

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“If I had this to do all over again, I wouldn't change a thing. I would do everything the exact same way. I would tell my friends you just have to go. This is something you have to experience to see how awesome it is.”

Now attending: VU University Amsterdam
Country: Netherlands

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.

Spring Term
Classes Start:
3 April 2023
Classes End:
16 June 2023
Summer Term
Preferred Application Deadline:
1 May 2023
Orientation Student (virtual)
7 & 8 June 2023
Orientation Parent (virtual)
9 June 2023 
Arrival & Housing Move-in Day
28 June 2023
In-Person Orientation Day
29 June 2023 
In-Person Parent Orientation
29 & 30 June 2023
Classes Start:
3 July 2023
Classes End:
24 August 2023


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

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