Intensive English

Green River College International Programs

Prepare for transfer to American Universities

Intensive English helps prepare international students to study at American colleges and universities with small classes and personal attention from highly qualified instructors.

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Our advanced level offers academic preparation classes and opportunities for students to experience regular college classes.  After Intensive English students may continue their academic study at Green River College for two years, then transfer to a four-year university in the U.S. to complete their bachelor's degree. Our students have transferred to the University of Washington, University of Southern California, Purdue University, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and many other top American universities nationwide.

New TOEFL Requirements
Starting winter 2020, students who have an international TOEFL score of 55 can enter Level 5 Bridge course directly, and students with an international TOEFL score of 50 can enter Level 4 Bridge Preparation course. These scores need to be submitted to the Admissions office before the quarter starts.

Levels 1 - 3

Active English

Intensive English instructor teaches students in classroom.

Students work on basic English skills in the first three levels.

Learn important skills:

  • English: grammar, writing, reading, oral communication
  • Academic: process writing, presentations, research, note-taking
  • Study skills: organization, teamwork
  • Culture: interact with American and international students, study American life, learn campus/community resources

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Levels 4 - 5

Academic Prep

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Students focus on academic studies in levels four and five.

After Intensive English, students may:

  • Continue in academic studies at Green River
  • Apply to other U.S. colleges or universities
  • Return home with enhanced English skills for their work or studies

Yu Sato

Transferred to:UC Berkeley BS, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

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“After studying English (IESL) at Green River for a year, I then studied another 2 years in the academic program. In 2013, I transferred to UC Berkeley. I am now pursuing further education at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, the #1 School of veterinary medicine in the world. I cannot describe how much I appreciate Green River College. I would not have been able to make it this far without my time at GRC.”

Major: Molecular Environmental Biology

Jiacheng Liu (Tyler)

Transferred to: UCLA

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“Green River College offers a great program that is open to every level of student. You can start from Intensive English classes and transfer to a top university.”

Major: Electrical Engineering
Country: China

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.

Spring Quarter
Classes Start:
6 April 2020
Classes End:
20 March 2020
Summer Quarter
Preferred Application Deadline:
15 May 2020
Airport Arrival & Housing Move-in Day:
23 June 2020
Orientation & Testing Begins:
24 June 2020
Classes Start:
29 June 2020
Classes End:
20 August 2020


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

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