International Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the application procedure ...and when is the deadline?

Prospective students should start the process by reviewing the information on How to Apply. Students should start the application process at least three months in advance of the date they intend to enter the United States. EvCC operates on the academic “Quarter” system. Students may apply for Summer, Fall, Winter, or Spring Quarter. Click here for a list of important dates.

What is the “Quarter” system?

There are four quarters in a year: Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring. Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters are 10-11 weeks each, and begin in September, January, and the end of March. Summer Quarter is 8 weeks long, and begins the third week in June. Students may enter any quarter. For most students, Summer Quarter is a vacation quarter. Consult with an International Advisor about which quarter is best for you to start.

If I don’t have a TOEFL score, can I still attend EvCC?

Yes, you may attend EvCC. Each new student takes our placement test, and, depending on your score, you may begin in college classes or you may begin our Intensive English Language Program (IELP). Once you have successfully completed our IELP program, you may continue in our college program without having to apply for admission or take a TOEFL again. If you do have a TOEFL or IELTS score, please refer to our Placement Chart Acrobat PDF Reader Icon.

Should I prepare for the placement test? If so, how?

It is a great idea to prepare for the placement test. College Board offers free Accuplacer sample questions and practice materials Acrobat PDF Reader Icon for students.

Will the classes I take at EvCC transfer to any U.S. University?

Generally, the classes transfer. EvCC has transfer agreements with almost all Washington universities for students who earn designated associate degrees. In addition, each university lists EvCC transfer courses on their websites, so students know which courses transfer.

Do I need medical insurance?

Yes, EvCC provides a medical insurance policy for $366 per quarter, which is mandatory. The only students who are currently exempted from purchasing our medical insurance are students who are on a government sponsored scholarship, which covers student insurance (ie: SACM). Students approved for vacation quarter can choose to have no insurance, but will be responsible for any medical expenses accrued during this time. After the 25th calendar day of the quarter,  students' cannot add or drop insurance for the quarter in session. Also, insurance fees will not be reimbursed after the 25th calendar day from the quarter start date. This plan does not cover dental or vision. For more details, please visit insurance information.

How do I get an F-1 student visa?

We can assist you in locating the information you will need to obtain your Visa. You can also click on the link to the right to access the Visa application. Click here for visa application information.

Do I have to be a full-time student?

Yes, your student visa requires full-time enrollment. In some cases, during the last quarter of your program, full-time enrollment may not be necessary if you are completing your program requirements.

Are scholarships available?

The College offers a wide variety of scholarships, and current international students are eligible to apply. Most scholarship deadlines are in March.

Does Everett Community College offer
a high school completion program?

Yes, if you have not yet completed secondary school (or high school) you may be able to complete a Washington State High School Diploma at EvCC. Click here for information about our High School Completion Program Acrobat PDF Reader Icon.

Where do EvCC's international students come from?

EvCC’s international students come from many countries. Recently, we have enrolled students from: Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, France, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Kuwait, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Turkey and Vietnam. In the past several years, EvCC has enrolled 45-55 international students each term. Our small population enables international students to easily become integrated in American life and culture.

Where is Everett, Washington?

Everett is a 35-45 minute drive north of Seattle, located in the scenic Pacific Northwest of the United States. It is one of Washington’s older towns, now a city. It has views of the Cascade Range and the sparkling waters of the Puget Sound. It has old charming neighborhoods and new neighborhoods, malls, theatres, parks, waterfront, and more. Take a look at our photos of the Everett area Acrobat PDF Reader Icon.