South Puget Sound Community College

South Puget Sound Community College is located in Olympia and is one of the fastest-growing colleges in Washington State. Founded in 1962, South Puget Sound Community College is one of the fastest growing colleges in Washington State. We are a fully accredited public two-year college providing personal attention, small classes, and a lower cost of living. Students completing the Associate of Arts degree program with a strong Grade Point Average (GPA) transfer readily to other 4-year universities in the United States to complete their Bachelor’s degree. The college also offers over forty (40) technical degrees and certificates. The academic calendar is based on the quarter (10 weeks) system. Classes begin in September, January, April and June.

Dream Big and Smart

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is one of the top 150 colleges in the U.S! Located in Washington’s capital city, Olympia, it is conveniently located near Seattle. Founded in 1962, this top ranked accredited public two-year college provides personal attention, small classes, and offers an affordable cost of living in a safe, and beautiful city surround by the scenic landscape of the Pacific Northwest.

95% of SPSCC students graduate with an Associate of Arts degree and an average GPA of 3.5 (4.0 scale). Students who graduate from SPSCC transfer to top American universities to complete their Bachelor’s degree. SPSCC offers more than seven transfer associate degrees (Arts, Biology, Business, Nursing (two options), Science (Track 1 and 2) and thirty (30) technical degrees and certificates. The academic calendar is based on the quarter (10 weeks) system. Classes begin in September, January, April and June.

The Intensive English Program at South Puget Sound Community College will help students improve their English proficiency for use in academics, business, communication, careers, and culture.

Our international student population is approximately 150 students; the total student population is more than 6,000 students.

Top Reasons Why International Students Study at SPSCC

  • SPSCC is one of the top 150 colleges in the U.S in 2016.
  • No TOEFL/IELTS score required
  • High quality, guaranteed transfer, exceptional value
  • Average student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1 (small class sizes)
  • Located in the capital city of Washington state, Olympia
  • Easy online application and flexible deadlines
  • I-20 issued in 2 business days with completed application
  • Free tutoring services
  • Free public transportation in and around the city
  • Excellent student support
  • Safe, beautiful and friendly campus
  • Multiple Affordable Housing Options available (home stay program, neighboring dormitories, and apartments)
  • International students from more than 20 countries
  • Complete your high school diploma and associate’s degree at the same time through SPSCC’s High school 21 program

Location: Olympia – A Great City for Study and Living

We understand the evolving job market, and we focus on helping students develop the creativity and skills needed to succeed in a wide variety of jobs, some of which haven’t even been invented yet.  Washington State is an international state and a hub for global business and technology with headquarters for companies like Microsoft, Boeing, and Starbucks, just to name a few. 

South Puget Sound Community College is located minutes from downtown Olympia, the state’s capital city, with a total population of 150,000 people. It is only a short drive to Seattle. Olympia has a mild climate that provides for cool summers and temperate winters, with an annual rainfall of 50 inches per year. Normal temperatures range from 5 C in January to 25 C in July.

Olympia and the college are easily accessible by public bus service, which is free to all students.

No TOEFL or IELTS Required For Admission

Students with a 61/173/500 TOEFL or a 5.5 IELTS may enroll directly into the degree program. No English test is required for admission. SPSCC does not require a TOEFL or IELTS score. Students are given a placement test during orientation. Students are placed into an intensive English and/or academic courses based on placement test scores.

Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program at South Puget Sound Community College will help you improve your English proficiency for academic purposes, busi­ness, communication, careers, and culture. The Program offers:

  • Four levels of courses in reading, writing, communication, and grammar
  • Small class size (10-15 students per class)
  • Free tutoring help, writing center, and computer labs are available to students free of charge
  • Guaranteed admission into college-level classes after completing the Intensive English Program

High School 21: SPSCC’s High School Completion Program

SPSCC offers students a path to complete a high school diploma while taking college classes. Take classes at SPSCC that lead to a Washington State high school diploma and an associate’s degree for university transfer at the same time.

International Student Support Services

Students find a culture centered on their success at SPSCC. Ranging from our comprehensive support and services and academic advising offered through the International Student Services Office, you will be surrounded with opportunities. Free drop-in tutoring is available where you can find help for classes like accounting, math, physics, and engineering. Experience culturally enriching activities, leadership development, student clubs and organizations, and intercollegiate athletics. The Counseling and Career Center can help student explore career options and provide counseling and advising support in addition to International Student Services.

The International Student Services office provides a wide array of services to international students: new student orientation, quarterly academic advising, university transfer assistance, peer-mentor program to assist newly arrived students, arranging free tutoring for international students, and many other services.

Campus Life

There are so many ways to get involved on campus. Choose from more than 29 student organizations for music, drama, government, sports, forensic science, social justice and more. Play video games and ping pong, or karaoke in the student union building with your friends!

Scholarship Opportunities

SPSCC offers more than 80 scholarships. These scholarships range from $500-$3,000 with the average award being around $1,500!


Homestays are available to all international students who wish to stay with an American family during their studies at the college. Some students choose to live on their own or with roommates at apartment complexes conveniently located within walking distance of the college. SPSCC also works with The Evergreen State College to lease dormitory space for students who want to live on a college campus.

International Admission Requirements

  • International student application form
  • $40 application fee
  • Bank statement (requirement for the student visa)
  • Copy of the passport information page


$5,000—$10,000 Quarter

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