Intensive English: Levels 1 - 3

Intensive English Program: Levels 1 - 3

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New students are tested and placed into the appropriate level using a reliable diagnostic test that evaluates the students' skills in listening, reading, vocabulary, writing, and grammar.

Program Description/Overview

Green River College offers a dynamic and comprehensive Intensive English Program (IEP) designed for international and English as a Second Language (ESL) students and professionals who want to develop and improve their formal and practical English skills. Students will receive top-quality instruction and the main outcome of this IEP program is for students to meet and exceed their English language learning goals.

What to Expect:

Green River College’s Intensive English Program (IEP) is designed to help you develop formal and communicative English language skills, which are useful in a variety of global contexts both inside and outside the classroom. English skills development will include academic activities such as reading and writing, discussion and lecture listening, research and presentation exercises as well as non-academic activities to help students navigate life in the US.

Courses taken in Levels 1-3 in our IEP program do not apply toward a student’s academic degree requirements. However, courses taken in levels 4 and 5, students have the opportunity to take academic classes with their IEP class in preparation for academic transfer classes with American students.

Program Features:

  • Highly qualified instructors
  • Small classes
  • Personal and proactive advising
  • A unique academic bridge program
    • Prepare students well for academic studies
    • Language sheltered environment
  • Foundation for Success Program for new students
    • Information and activities to adjust to life at Green River College
    • Peer to peer support
  • 20 class hours per week
  • Small class sizes
  • Student run clubs that international students can join
  • Group activities such as camping, picnics, cultural celebrations and other trips
  • Opportunities to make international and American friends.

Classes are offered every term. Students will be in class 4 hours a day

Content and Materials

  • Syllabus, materials, and assignments will be on Canvas

Find out the benefits of studying Intensive English at Green River College.

It's easy to get started:

  • Step 1: Submit Application
  • Step 2: Receive I-20 Form
  • Step 3: F-1 Visa Interview
  • Step 4: Arrival in the USA

Go to the Admissions page.

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Yu Sato

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

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“After studying English (IEP) 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
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 Arrival Day.

Spring Term
Classes Begin:
1 April 2024
Classes End:
17 June 2024
Summer Term
Preferred Application Deadline:
1 May 2024
Orientation Student (virtual)
12 & 13 June 2024
Orientation Parent (virtual)
14 June 2024 
Arrival & Housing Move-in Day
26 June 2024
In-Person Orientation Day
27 June 2024 
In-Person Parent Orientation
27 June 2024
Classes Start:
1 July 2024
Classes End:
22 August 2024


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

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