You should plan to arrive at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which is about 45 miles south of Everett. It is best to arrive 2-3 weeks before classes begin. If you have arranged a homestay with a family (see below) you will be met at the airport. If you are arranging your own accommodations, and do not have a person meeting you, you will find an airport shuttle that runs hourly between Sea-Tac and downtown Everett.
A homestay provides a private room in a family home in the area, for a fee, currently US $600 per month. This fee includes meals.
Many international students choose a homestay as they are getting started. This helps them learn about the area. After a while they may choose to live independently. Two homestay options are Abode Homestay and Intercultural Homestays & Services Inc.
For more information about getting settled in the US (transportation, banking, etc) read the Useful Information and Resources for International Students.
When you arrive in Everett, please come to the International Student Office on the 2nd floor of Monte Cristo and meet with an advisor. You will be scheduled for a language assessment and for an orientation session. We want to make sure you get a good start! Look at our international student brochure and see comments from other students and our International Student Advisor.
- Advising: We will help you select the courses for your first term at EvCC, and assist you in following courses that will help you meet your goals. Our International Student Advisor and program advisor/instructors in your area of interest will help you take courses that meet your needs.
- Credential Evaluation: If you have attended college or university after your high school graduation, we will ask you to submit an official copy of that academic record (transcript) to us. In some cases we will ask you to contact a credential evaluation agency to determine course transfer.