Green River College

By | December 15, 2022


Brief information

Green River College is named for the Green River, which flows through the city of Auburn, and functions as a two-year, public college. It offers its international students various degrees in academic programs with which they can, if they wish, go on to a university and complete the third and fourth years of a corresponding bachelor’s degree. Check photionary for more universities.

They are supported by competent teachers, as well as by so-called student advisors, who can help with any questions or problems that may arise. If the knowledge of English is not sufficient for admission, the students can take part in an English course.

The great advantage of a slightly smaller college like Green River College is that the classes are smaller and the teachers therefore have more time for each individual student. In this way, the first learning successes are achieved more quickly. In addition, studying at a community college is usually even cheaper than a comparable course at a university.

  • Green River College website

University facts

Year of foundation: 1963

Type of university: State university

Number of students: total 8000, international 1750


  • NWCCU (Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities)

Academic year:

The academic year at Green River College is divided into four quarters.

Study programs

  • Academic gap year
  • associate degree
  • bachelor’s degree
  • language courses

At Green River College you have the opportunity to take part in the so-called Gap Year at Green River after graduation before you start your studies. In consultation with the academic advisor at the college, you can choose from certain courses and in this way gain initial experience at the university abroad.

For the first time, the participants get a taste of academic areas that interest them. Campus life also offers exciting new experiences, you usually become more independent and develop your personality further.

For free time there are many options for activities such as weekend trips to Los Angeles or San Francisco. The entire West Coast of the USA has a lot to offer.

  • Green River College Academic Gap Year program


  • Fall Quarter 2022





International College Experience Fee


  • Tuition fees at Green River College


To take part in the gap year, you need a high school diploma and proof of sufficient knowledge of English. This is achieved based on a minimum number of points in a standardized language test such as the IELTS or TOEFL. Alternatively, an English grade of ten points in the basic course or seven points in the advanced course in the last four semesters of the advanced level is sufficient.

The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:

high school diploma 7 points in the advanced course or 10 points in the basic course
IELTS 5.5 (no range below 5.0)
TOEFL (internet based) 61
TOEFL (paper based) 500

The language certificate cannot be submitted later.

  • Green River College Application Requirements


Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate

  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Arts
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biological Engineering
  • biology
  • BiologyEducation
  • Business
  • Chemical pre-engineering
  • Chemistry
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  • Civil Engineering
  • computer engineering
  • computer science
  • Earth Science
  • Electrical pre-engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Fine Arts in Art
  • General Science Education
  • industrial engineering
  • Materials Science Engineering
  • Matheducation
  • mechanical engineering
  • physics
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  • pre-engineering
  • pre-nursing
  • Science in Geology


Green River College’s main campus is located in Auburn’s Lea Hill neighborhood. The area is partly wooded and quite extensive. Here the students find the peace and quiet they need to study.

The nearest major city, Seattle, is 45 minutes from Auburn. The beaches of the Pacific and the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver are also no more than two and a half hours away.

There are other college campuses in downtown Auburn, Kent and Enumclaw. Some of the courses offered take place here, so that the more rural regions can also benefit from Green River College.

  • Green River College campus maps


Green River College students can choose how they want to live.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • Apartments on campus
  • guest families

The college town of Auburn

Auburn is a small town in the US state of Washington with a population of almost 70,000. It is now almost a suburb for the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue area, which is not far away at 15 to 40 kilometers and is very easy to reach by public transport. The same goes for Puget Sound, which is also nearby.

In addition to the surrounding modern metropolises, Auburn has retained its historic small-town charm.
Both the White River and the Green River flow through the city. There are also countless green spaces, parks and hiking trails, and the weather is mostly mild. The average temperatures range between 17 °C in summer and 7 °C in winter.

For example, free time can be spent shopping at the SuperMall of the Great Northwest, trying out the Emerald Downs Racetrack, visiting the White River Amphitheater or the White River Valley Museum, watching a football game, enjoying the great outdoors and much more. Many historical buildings such as the Auburn Post Office or the Olson Farm from the beginning of the 20th century can also be admired in the city. In addition, there are many markets such as the Farmer’s Market or you can visit one of the galleries or exhibitions.

Those who are less culturally interested can also pursue various sports or visit the zoo. There are also concerts and cinemas, but when it comes to nightlife in Auburn you don’t have to do without anything either and you can visit restaurants, bars or clubs.

Green River College