Welcome International Students

    Welcome to the International Student ebrochure at Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS).

    Discover why Community Colleges of Spokane and its staff and faculty are here to help you succeed in your goals and to provide support for you before you become a student, while you are a student, when you graduate from our programs, and as you become a valued alumnus of CCS.

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    College…What's your plan? Here's a thought…check out Community Colleges of Spokane. Connect with faculty, staff, and students from around the world.

    Community Colleges of Spokane—in Spokane, Washington. Where everyone wants to come!

    And we'll tell you why. Choose a number to find out more...

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    Why Community Colleges of Spokane




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    Large enough to satisfy the requirements and needs of international students, yet small enough to allow students to live comfortably, and to enjoy American culture. Spokane - the REAL America....

    CCS has two beautiful university-style campuses with direct and one-stop flights to Spokane International Airport (GEG) from cities throughout the United States. Arts and entertainment, winter sports, parks and campgrounds, wineries, nightlife, shopping malls, and attractions, all within minutes of your new

    college home in Spokane, Washington.

    Want a sneak peak of what Spokane is all about?

    Check this out:




    Fully Accredited Programs

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    From our Intensive English Language Program, to AA transfer programs, to our American Honors Program, or our fantastic Professional/Technical programs, we have the right program for you, all of which are accredited and taught by instructors who will not only know you by name, but will stay in touch during your studies at CCS and after you graduate.





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    American Honors is a new, competitive 2-year Honors College at CCS. Its curriculum offers world-class academic and gives students the chance to transfer to a top-tier, ranked US university such as Stanford, Rutgers, Georgetown, University of Washington, Purdue and many others after 2 years.






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    Immigration advising, academic advising, and personal counseling services are available through the Global Programs Office and the CCS Counseling Centers located at Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College, as well as the American Honors Program advisers at American Honors.




    Great Housing

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    CCS has what you're looking for: there's a dormitory style apartment building (owned by Collegiate Housing International), within 15-25 minutes of both campuses, or our own homestay program where we help you find the perfect host family, as well as other housing options in the Spokane area. Your homestay is ready just for you when you first arrive in Spokane.



    Student and

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    Spokane Falls Community College is the only Community College in Washington State to be named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. You can get involved in community service learning projects in the Spokane area through courses taken at either of our colleges. It makes a difference in the job you want or the university you hope to transfer to.




    Universities in the
    Local Community

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    Community Colleges of Spokane is located within minutes of Washington State University--Spokane, Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and Whitworth University. Transfer to these and other universities around the United States after completing your Associate of Arts (AA) at CCS. You will save money and get the same quality education found at a four year university or college, fulfilling the first two years of your Bachelor degree requirements.

    Community Colleges of Spokane was founded in 1963 and serves over 38,000 students a year, in the Eastern Washington area of Washington State. Our two campuses, Spokane Community College and Spokane Falls Community College are both accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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    Spokane, Washington, is located in Eastern Washington,

    in a beautiful metropolitan setting. It is a college town that is home

    to Community Colleges of Spokane, Gonzaga University, Whitworth

    University, Washington State University -Spokane and Eastern

    Washington University. Spokane is ranked as one of the safest cities

    in the US* and is minutes from ski slopes, shopping malls, and an

    international airport. With a very low cost of living, Spokane is

    affordable for international students from all parts of the globe.

    * Farmers Insurance Study 2011

    • Population: 473,761 (metro area)
    • Shopping malls
    • Outdoor activities (skiing, hiking, camping)
    • Nightlife
    • Restaurants, wineries
    • International airport

    Average temperature:

    Hottest months:

    Close to everything!

    • 15 minutes to Spokane International Airport
    • 1 hour to Seattle and Portland (by direct flight)
    • 2-5 hours to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago and Honolulu (by direct flight)
    • 1-2 hours to local ski areas
    • Short drive to 76 lakes, 33 golf courses, five ski resorts, as well as five major national parks

    Home to:

    • Six major hospitals, four of which are
    • full-service facilities
    • A fun metropolitan area with local entertainment, live music, theater, and the arts
    • Easy public transportation with buses stopping every half hour at both Spokane Falls Community College and Spokane Community College
    • Recreational activities, including, skiing, snowboarding, Bloomsday Festival, running and hiking
    • The economic, financial, and service capital of the Inland Northwest

    Sister cities:

    Nishinomiya, Japan; Jilin, China; Limerick, Ireland; and Jecheon, South Korea


    Daytime: 28 C (83 F)

    Nighttime: 13 C (56 F)

    Coldest months:


    Daytime: 0 C (32 F)

    Nightime: -4 C (24 F)


    Spokane, a great place to study


    A High-Quality, Fully Accredited Program

    The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) provides strong academic English preparation and offers students from around the world the opportunity to learn English from highly qualified teachers while on a college campus.

    Taught by ESL experts who have lived and worked around the world, the IELP is designed for international students from high beginner to advanced. Our instructors offer integrated skills classes, that are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), and activity-based grammar classes that are designed to meet each learner's needs.

    Programs are integrated with the academic English departments at both Spokane Falls Community College and Spokane Community College and instructor offices are located at both Spokane Falls Community College and Spokane Community College.

    Get involved! Join us for club activities and get to know American college students through our International Peer Mentor program! We have 7-8 week summer programs, 3-month to 1-year intensive English study programs, social activities, and monthly cultural and recreational activities. Some of our students have become leaders in college government.

    Students who successfully complete the final level of the Intensive English Language Program can begin their academic program without having to take a TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge, TOEIC, or Eiken/Step score.

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    Intensive English


    Find out if these programs at CCS are a
    match for you.

    2+2 Transfer Programs—Your path to great, highly ranked U.S. Universities

    American Honors

    American Honors is a new honors

    program for CCS students who are interested in

    transferring to top-tier universities to complete their bachelor's degree. Our American Honors College is a 2+2 program that helps you engage in challenging courses while completing the first two years of a four-year degree. To find out more about costs and the program, visit


    Academic transfer

    Our AA transfer program is another 2+2 pathway for students who want to complete the first two years of college and then transfer to our partner universities in Washington, Oregon, Arizona, California and elsewhere.

    To find out more visit the CCS Academic Transfer webpage.

    Some of the universities to which our students have transferred:

    Stanford University

    University of Washington

    Eastern Washington University

    Washington State University

    Northern Arizona University

    Gonzaga University

    University of Colorado

    University of Wisconsin

    Indiana University

    Georgetown University

    Rutgers University

    Purdue University

    Degrees and Certificates


    Some career fields do not require a four-year (bachelor's) degree, but can be completed in just one or two years. Community Colleges of Spokane offers international students access to career programs that are nationally, and sometimes internationally, known. Many of these programs require an internship, so you will be ready to start your Optional Practical Training (OPT) or return home a step ahead of everyone else. To find out more visit our Career and Technical Programs.

    CCS offers each student the opportunity to further their education and begin careers. What program of study will you choose? Do you want to transfer to a top university after two years at CCS? Or are you more interested in a career-technical program?

    Associate of Arts

    Associate of Science


    Audio Engineering

    Aerospace Manufacturing and Maintenance Business Administration and Finance Communication Studies

    Graphic Design






    Health Sciences Hospitality and Tourism/Culinary Arts

    Information Technology


    Natural Resource Management

    Network Design/Software Development Physical Therapist Assistant

    Water Resources Technology ...

    And over 100 more

    For program updates and current information, visit our website at


    Career and
    Technical Programs

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    "My advisor helped me sign up for

    classes and create a plan for transferring to

    a four-year university. Without American

    Honors, I think I would have just enough

    credits to graduate from community college

    and hope that WSU or other universities in

    Washington would accept me. But now I

    know I can do more, and I should do more

    for a better chance to get in. That's what AH

    is giving me and making the difference."

    - Win Lin, Guangzhou, China

    Our Students

    • Live with an American family
    • Practice English
    • Fully furnished private room
    • US style meals
    • Transportation to SFCC or SCC within 30 minutes to campus by bus or homestay family
    • Share your culture with a US family and participate in local customs
    • We will pick you up when you first arrive at Spokane International Airport.
    • Local apartment style residence halls made for college students
    • Within 15 minutes to both SFCC and SCC campuses
    • Students from around the world
    • Rooms fully furnished, with kitchens, living room, and bathrooms
    • Community room for social activities
      with friends
    • Close to downtown Spokane and shopping, and convenient bus routes
    • Internet, cable TV-ready
    • Central laundry room
    • Bus stop next to the building
    • 24/7 security with onsite manager
    • Monthly social calendar of events
    • Covered parking available for students with cars

    Housing Programs

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    To find out more visit our Homestay Program page


    Our students are what make us successful.

    Each student who comes through our doors receives the individualized attention they deserve. We provide personal help with:

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    Student Services


    • Meet with advisers
    • Meet your ESL teachers
    • Register for classes
    • Join clubs
    • Meet student leaders
    • Learn more about the
      Spokane area
    • Admissions advising
    • Academic and transfer advising workshops
    • Orientation
    • Registration
    • Cultural adjustment
    • Assistance with university applications

    • Agriculture/Horticulture Club
    • Anime Club Black Student Union Club (BSU)
    • Asian American Club
    • Delta Epsilon Chi (DECA)
    • Astronomy Club
    • GLOBAL ST (Gay, Lesbian, or Bisexual, Action League Straight)
    • Communicator
    • Dance Club
    • Health Information Management Club (HIM)
    • Engineering /Computer Science Club
    • Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
    • French Club International
    • Peer Mentors Club
    • International/Intercultural Club
    • NALS: Association for Legal Professionals
    • Gamers Club
    • Native American Student Organization (NASO)
    • Graphic Design Club
    • Outdoor Sports Club
    • Japanese Club
    • National Society of Leadership and Success
    • Jazz Presents Phi Theta Kappa (PTK)
    • Journalism Club
    • SCC Culinary Club
    • Orchestra
    • SCC Players
    • Recreation Society
    • Student Awareness League (SAL)
    • Service-Learning Club

    To find out more visit the SFCC and SCC club webpages.

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    SCC and SFCC Clubs


    The athletic programs at SFCC and SCC give full-time students an opportunity to participate incompetitive intercollegiate sports in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC). Each year, Bigfoot teams rank in the top 10 in a variety of NWAACC sports. Men's teams compete in cross country, basketball, track, golf, tennis, soccer and baseball; women's in volleyball, cross country, basketball, track, golf, tennis, soccer and softball. International students are eligible to try out for these teams!

    Visit the CCS Athletics website for more information.

    Just want to play tennis or bowl

    a game?

    Intramural sports are a great part of college life at CCS and we offer a wide variety of them. In addition, open recreation time is provided daily in the swimming pool at SCC and the gymnasiums at SCC and SFCC for students and staff.

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    • Men and women's basketball
    • Men and women's soccer
    • Men and women's track and field
    • Full-service recreational facilities at both SFCC and SCC
    • Full-service fitness centers at both SFCC and SCC
    • And many more!

    by doing service in the community

    Service learning is a great way to meet other students from the United States and around the world. International students are encouraged to

    get involved in service learning activities! SFCC was the only community college in Washington state to be named to the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

    • Blood drives
    • Fundraising efforts
    • International peer mentors
    • Homeless connect
    • And many more

    the Pacific Northwest and America

    Trips to Seattle, Vancouver, BC, Portland, San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, and Honolulu, with direct and one-stop flights to/from Spokane International Airport.

    www.spokaneairports.net (GEG)

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    My name is Baichen Liu and I'm from China. I came to the United States right after I finished my high school in China in 2008. I am majoring in Hospitality. Hopefully I can graduate at the end of this year.

    I came to Spokane because it is a pretty city and I like the small community where everyone knows everyone. At my college, SCC, we have an amazing Hospitality program and great professors. I love my classmates even more.

    After I finish my program, I am going to try to get an internship in local hotels, like the Davenport or Holiday

    Inn Express. After getting some work experience, I would like to go back to school again and get my Bachelor's degree.

    Spokane and the area around here is so beautiful. I like going out to the mountains to do some hiking in summer or ski in winter. There are so many pretty lakes. Of course, I wouldn`t miss out on swimming and boating!!

    Baichen Liu


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    Estimated Yearly Cost

    Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS)

    Tuition and Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $9,000

    Living Expenses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,995

    Health insurance, books, bus pass, housing, food, etc.

    Total estimated costs for 1 year* . . . . . . $16,995

    * This estimate is based on students who are participating in

    our IELP (ESL) courses. Living expenses are for estimation purposes only.


    Costs to Attend

    *Information is taken from the websites of the universities or colleges.

    Cost Comparison


    Four Annual Admission Dates

    • Fall—September
    • Winter—January
    • Spring—April
    • Summer—June
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    Simple: One application form

    Convenient: Online, fax, or mail

    Work Grants Available for Students

    Students may earn money while working as leaders on campus.

    How to Apply

    Admission Requirements

    • Completed and signed International Student Admission Application form
    • Financial statement
    • $100 nonrefundable application fee
    • Minimum English proficiency for academic programs: TOEFL 61/173/500, IELTS 5.0 with no band lower than 5.0, TOEIC 610, Step Eiken Pre-1st Grade, Cambridge CAE'C or better
    • Lower English proficiency requires placement in Intensive English Language Program (IELP)
    • Copy of passport front page with picture
    • Applicants must be at least 17 years old
    • Housing placement
    • Proof of high school completion with copy of high school diploma and original high school or college transcript (in sealed envelope from school). Transcripts must be translated in English.
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    "The best part of the program is the other

    students! It makes such a big difference

    working with students who share similar

    goals and work ethic. Gone are the times

    where I would be the only person in a group

    activity concerned about completing

    the work. The professors are also so

    accommodating and help you receive the

    best possible education."

    - Bernard F., South Africa

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    Integrated Skills Class

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    Integrated Skills Class

    Integrated Skills Class

    "Grammar in Action"

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    "Grammar in Action"

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    IELP Schedule

    30 minutes break

    20 minutes break