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Office of International Programs

WELCOME TO EDMONDs!

Welcome new international students! We are excited to welcome you to Edmonds College!

We hope you find all the information here helpful as you prepare for your start at Edmonds. Please note that all students taking an on-campus class must complete their vaccine attestation on ctcLink before the quarter begins or risk their class being dropped. Directions here

New Student Process

Follow the Edmonds College application process here.

Submit any eligible English Test scores to our admission team at oip_admissions@edmonds.edu 

If you need to schedule an online English test please do so as soon as possible.

How do I test?

Please review the Testing Information for New International Students for testing information. You will be sent instructions from our admissions office and connected to our testing team to help you take our online tests. 

When should I test?

Testing is the first step and should be done as soon as possible. Please do not wait to take your test, it may delay your process of enrolling in classes. 

Do I need to test?

All international students must take an English test, unless you have direct placement into an English class based on TOEFL, IELTS or other accepted English proficiency tests. Most majors also require math, we strongly encourage all new students to take a math test after being placed in college level English.

You will receive a Welcome Email from an advisor with information for your start at Edmonds College. Before we begin our Orientation, your next step is to submit these online documents.

Please email Testing and Assessment Services at testingcenter@edmonds.edu:

  • In your email request please include your FULL NAME, your STUDENT ID number, your date of birth, and ask to take a MATH TEST.
  • Attach a copy of your passport

Why Math? Most degrees and certificates require at least one college-level math class. Some areas of study, including business and STEM majors, require many college-level math classes. It is important to take your placement test early in order to plan your classes and degree.

For test preparation, see here: Test Preparation 

You will be emailed your assigned advisor to help you get registered.  You can visit our advising website or connect via email at oip_advisors@edmonds.edu for more information or to schedule an appointment directly. For High School students please go to the High School advising website. All times are in Pacific Daylight Time.

  • At your advising appointment, you will talk about your academic goals and the advisor will help you get registered for your first quarter classes at Edmonds. 
  • For your online appointments, make sure you have a microphone on your computer or headphones so that you can communicate with your advisor. You must click on the link provided to enter the meeting room. If you need to reschedule this meeting for any reason, please contact your advisor directly to reschedule.

After you have submitted your documents and met with your advisor, you will be emailed instructions on how to access orientation using our online learning tool Canvas

  • Please see this website for frequently asked questions to make yourself more familiar with the platform.

Once you follow the instructions in the video to login and reset your password you will be able to access the mandatory Canvas materials. All online materials are due by the first day of class. This is a self-paced orientation. You can begin as soon as you are given access.

If you are coming to the U.S., it is mandatory for you attend our on-campus orientation. You can find the schedule here.

1. Fill out your Vaccine Attestation in ctcLink.

You must complete the attestation form in the student ctcLink portal OR switch to online course(s). If the attestation is not completed, on-campus classes will be removed from your schedule. If you are seeking a religious or medical exemption, you must declare the exemption in ctcLink and follow safety protocols at all times.

Please follow the directions here.

2. If you are coming to campus, please be sure you know the COVID-19 policies in place.

Visit COVID-19 FAQs and scroll down to read the questions and answers. 

I received my acceptance letter and some paper work, but I did not get my visa. When do I receive my visa?
As a new international student, you must apply for an F-1 visa at a US Embassy/Consulate in your home country. As a current F-1 student transferring from another US school, you must apply for a new F-1 visa at a U.S. Embassy/Consulate in your home country if it expires by the time you re-enter the US. You can only apply or renew an F-1 visa at a US Embassy/Consulate outside the US.

I am attending another school in the United States. Can I use the same visa to come to Edmonds College? Do I need to have a new I-20?

If you are accepted and do NOT travel outside the United States before attending Edmonds College, you do NOT need a new F-1 visa. After you register at Edmonds College, the Office of International Programs office will give you an Edmonds College I-20. If you are accepted and travel outside the US before attending Edmonds College and absent from the United State less than five months, you do NOT need a new F-1 visa if it is still valid by the time you re-enter the United States. If you are absent from the United States more than five months before attending Edmonds College, you must apply for a new F-1 visa with an Edmonds College I-20 at a US Embassy/Consulate nearest to your home, if it expires by the time you re-enter the United States. You can only apply or renew an F-1 visa at a US Embassy/Consulate outside the United States.

New Student Frequently Asked Questions

Starting November 8, 2021 all international travelers coming into the U.S. must be fully vaccinated and provide proof of vaccination prior to boarding their plane to the U.S. If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will NOT be allowed to board a flight to the United States, unless you meet the criteria for an exception under the Proclamation and CDC’s Order. Non immigrants that meet the criteria for an exception under the Proclamation and CDC’s Order include children under 18 years of age.

For more information please follow the guidelines on https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/noncitizens-US-air-travel.html 

We understand that flight plans and vaccine access may affect your arrival to the U.S. Attendance is required the first week of classes. Please check the first day of school and plan to arrive by at least the first day of the quarter. We require students to complete the online Orientation before the first day of classes. If you are unable to attend the in-person part of Orientation, please be sure to connect with us by emailing oip_desk@edmonds.edu 

For more information on U.S. travel please follow the guidelines on https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/noncitizens-US-air-travel.html 

How do I test? 

Please review the Testing Information for New International Students for testing information. You will be sent instructions from our admissions office and connected to our testing team to help you take our online tests. 

When should I test?

Testing is the first step and should be done as soon as possible. Please do not wait to take your test, it may delay your process of enrolling in classes. 

Do I need to test?

All international students must take an English test, unless you have direct placement into an English class based on TOEFL, IELTS or other accepted English proficiency tests. Most majors also require math, we strongly encourage all new international students to take a math test after being placed in college level English.

Who can help me choose classes?

If you are in a college program, our International Student Advisors can help you choose your classes for the first quarter. However, you will be required to meet with an Academic Advisor starting your second quarter. If you are in the High School to University program, you should schedule an appointment with your High School Advisor.

Who is my advisor?
You will meet often with three kinds of advisors: Academic Advisor, Faculty Advisor and International Student Advisor.

  • Academic advisors: Help you select the college or high school classes to meet your graduation requirements.
  • Faculty advisors: Are your class instructors. They can be Academic Advisors, too. Normally, you will have to contact the instructors directly to schedule an appointment.
  • International student advisors: Answer your questions about visas and immigration issues, cultural adjustments, personal concerns, first quarter class registration and many other situations. You may schedule an appointment with an advisor here.

When do I register for classes?
When new international students arrive, you will attend the new student orientation and take a placement test so that we can help you register for the appropriate classes.

Current college and high school students will register for classes on their own, online, or in person on ctclink.

Can I transfer credits from a school in my country?
It's a possibility. Enrollment Services is responsible for helping you get your foreign transcripts evaluated. We advise that you visit Enrollment Services (Lynnwood Hall, first floor) and meet with credit evaluation staff.

I attended another school in the United States. How do I transfer my credits?
You must have your official transcript mailed to the following address, and request to have your credits evaluated by the Enrollment Services office. 

Enrollment Services
Edmonds College
20000 68th Ave. W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036

If I have questions about my visa and my passport, who should I talk to?
International Student Advisors at the Office of International Programs (OIP) Office (located in Snohomish Hall Room 301) are authorized by the U.S. government to advise you on visa, passport and other immigration status related matters. They have the training, skills and experience in working with international students and are the only reliable source on campus.

Can my advisor answer questions about housing and dormitory?
International Student Advisors work very closely with the Housing Office to help with your housing arrangements. We may not know the answer to your every question, but we can refer you to the Housing Office or contact them for you.

The major listed on your I-20 comes from a list of program names and codes provided by the U.S. government for use in the SEVIS system. Often, the major name on the I-20 does not match the major you requested in your application. This is normal, and the US consulates are aware that program names on the I-20 may not reflect the student’s planned major or subject of study. We do not expect this to cause any issues with your visa application.

*Note that most I-20 majors for Edmonds College are listed as Liberal Arts and Sciences, this includes pre-nursing, social sciences, humanities, sciences, engineering, art, general studies, and undecided majors among several more (this is not a complete list of majors). Some business or technical degree programs may reflect a more specific name and code, also from the SEVIS list. The major name on your I-20 does not lock you into any particular path of study or transfer plan. The Edmonds College associate-level transfer degrees prepare students for transfer to bachelor's programs in most majors.

Edmonds Housing for New Students:

Students can arrive on Arrival dates now that everyone is vaccinated. You only need to wear a mask for 5 days (at all times - in an apartment or homestay too) and make sure you feel any symptoms. If you do, you will need to get tested right away.

Please see Housing website for current dates

  • You can arrive any time during these dates and we will have a single airport pick up for you and it will cost $100 for the pick-up. They will meet you at your baggage claim area.

Homestay Students

  • If you were placed in Homestay, we hope your host family will be able to host you starting when you arrive, you will just need to wear a mask at all times for the first 5 days. If they can not, we will place you in Residence Hall for the first 5 days, or you may want to stay in a hotel.

Resident Hall Students

  • You will be able to move into your room, you just need to wear your mask at all times for the first 5 days.
  • Make sure and order Linen (blankets, sheets, pillow) now, so it will be ready for you when you arrive:
    • Go to this site http://www.rhl.org/edm/linens.aspx  and choose what linen you would like.
    • When asked for your address, use your new room address or have it sent to the Housing office so we are sure to have it here when you arrive:
      • (Your name here) / Housing Office
        Rainier Place (your apartment and room number here)
        19920 68th Avenue West
        Lynnwood, WA USA 98036
    • Purchase your linen
    • If you purchase it at least 2 weeks before you arrive, it should be in the Housing Office waiting for you to pick it up.
  • We suggest you get familiar with online shopping for food and items for your apartment, so you do not need to go out to get food. Here are a couple examples:

COVID-19 Information 

You will be expected to wear a mask in public areas of the Residence Halls, on campus, and in most businesses in Washington State. If there are any changes in COVID Housing expectations, we will send information out to all current and future students.

Thanks for your understanding as we try to make sure our community is a safe place for everyone to live and learn.

Other Frequent Asked Questions:

Where can I live?
You have the choice of Residence Hall (dormitory) or Homestay (with local host families).

How do I apply?
Send us your application and application fee. We will send you information about your homestay family a month before you arrive.

How do I choose a home stay family?
When you fill out your application, you will answer questions regarding your preferences, as well as specific information that will help us match you with one of our host families. Application requests will be honored whenever possible, depending on availability.

What happens if I don’t like my family?
If there are problems or concerns that come up, we encourage students to talk to their families, and the Housing Office will help. If problems cannot be resolved, then we will try matching you with another host family.

Is my home stay family going to take me to school every day?
No. Your host family will help you with the local bus system. All students are matched with families that are close to bus stops, under 45 minutes to school by bus, and most families are 20-30 minutes from school by bus.

Who is going to pick me up at the airport?
When you fill out the Housing Application, you can mark if you would like to be picked up at the airport on arrival dates. Each quarter we have specific arrival and move in dates. The driver will meet you at the baggage claim area, with a sign that reads Edmonds College.

I am going to live with my relatives. Is that OK?
We encourage students to live in the Residence Hall or Homestay, where you can spend more time with U.S. students and/or families and learn more about U.S. culture, Edmonds College, and the English language.

What are the eligibility requirements for living at the Residence Hall?
A student must be physically living in their room throughout the term of the lease; a registered student at Edmonds College and enrolled in at least three of four quarters with a minimum of ten (10) credit hours per quarter; or registered as a student in a program approved by Edmonds College. Students can have one “Summer Quarter” (or vacation quarter) a year and still stay in the Residence Hall. The student must be 17 years of age or older.

Why should I rent at the Residence Hall instead of sharing an apartment off-campus?
You are only responsible for your own lease. If one or more of your roommates vacates the apartment, the resident manager is responsible for finding new roommates and you are not held responsible. When you share an apartment off-campus, all roommates sign one lease and all are responsible. Residence Hall rent includes all utilities, parking, events, furniture, and lounge use. There is also Internet, cable TV, and local phone service available. These would be additional costs when renting on your own.

If I choose the dorm, do I have to share my room with someone?
You do not. All rooms are setup apartment style: 2 or 4 individual bedrooms; 2 bathrooms; and one kitchen and living room.

How will I be placed in a specific apartment? How do I choose a roommate?
When you fill out your application, you will answer questions regarding your preferences, as well as specific information that will help us match you with other residents. Roommate requests will be honored whenever possible. However, these requests must be mutual. If a particular student is preferred as a roommate, then both residents should note their preferred roommates on the questionnaire.

What if my roommate moves out?
You won’t have to search for new roommates. If your roommate leaves, you are not responsible for finding a new roommate; that is the responsibility of the Housing Director. If there is someone from another apartment that you would like to have move in with you, you both can talk to the Housing Director.

Are there quiet hours?
We have a 24 hour courtesy policy which all residents and their guests must adhere to. At all times, students must be respectful of their roommates, neighbors and the community.

Questions? Email housing@edmonds.edu 

Students studying in the United States must take a minimum of 12 credits, and the average is 15 credits per quarter. Students studying all online from outside the U.S. may study part time (less than 12 credits) or full time (12 credits or more). Note: To finish a degree on time, students should take 15 credits per quarter. There is a $500 tuition discount for new students taking at least 12 credits.

When can I pay my tuition?

In order to pay for tuition you must first be enrolled in classes. In order to be enrolled in your courses  you will need to either test or have a qualifying English score, have met with your advisor, and have participated in our online orientation. In your orientation schedule, there will be detailed instructions and a clear date to pay your tuition.

The payment due date is 24 hours after registration.  

How can I pay my tuition?

You can pay your tuition online in your ctcLink account

How much is tuition?

The cost of tuition is charged per credit can be found here.

If I am taking online classes, do I get a discount on tuition?

Online classes cost the same amount as  hybrid and in-person classes per credit. If you are taking a full course load (12 or more credits)  you will receive a tuition reduction (discount) of $500.

You can access your online classes via Canvas, our online learning platform. Check out this video for an example on how online classes are typically accessed.

Your class may or may not be available before the first day of the quarter depending on when your instructor publishes your course to Canvas. If you do not see your courses available in our online dashboard, email start@edmail.edcc.edu for support.

If you are in your home country, please wait until you are physically at Edmonds College campus in the Seattle area to request your EdPass.

Our new online photo submission is now available for students to create an EdPass with only having to come to campus to pick it up!

  • Make sure you are registered for the current quarter  before you get an Edpass. Once you are registered for at least one class you can get your ID.
  • You will only need to come to campus to pick up your EdPass. The EdPass is an on campus ID so if you are taking all your classes online this quarter it will be all right if you do not get one right away.

Chat with us during working hours at edmonds.edu/international   

Email oip_desk@edmonds.edu 

Make an online appointment with an advisor here

We are here to help. Please contact us with any questions!

Resources

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Orientation

Orientation is currently online with an in-person day for students studying in the U.S.! It is full of valuable information about our campus and classes.

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Things to Know

We invite you to explore our campus and join our virtual online campus events!

 

Important Contact Information

Office of International Program

OIP Hours for Fall 2022

Office Closed: Nov., 23*-25
*OIP open, virtual appointments only Nov. 23
 
Office Closed for Winter Holiday: Dec. 21-27
 
Day of Week In Office Hours Walk-In Advising Hours Virtual Hours
Monday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m 10-11 a.m. | 3-4 p.m. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m 3-4 p.m. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m 2:30-4 p.m. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m 10-11 a.m. | 3-4 p.m. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m 10-11 a.m. | 3-4 p.m. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Edmonds Housing

Phone: 425.640.1080
Emergency Phone: 425.308.4061

Edmonds Campus Security

Phone: 425.640.1501