Cascadia Community College admits international students for each of our four quarters of study: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer.

For full consideration and to ensure adequate time to obtain a student visa, travel to Cascadia, and get settled, students are encouraged to submit their applications before the following deadlines:

Quarter Applicants from outside of
the United States
Transfer applicants currently
studying in the United States
Fall (September) August 1 September 1
Winter (January) November 15 December 15
Spring (March) February 15 March 15
Summer (June) May 15 June 15

Applying to Cascadia Community College is easy! Students can apply for admission online or on paper:

Click here to APPLY ONLINE (preferred)


Complete the following steps to apply on paper:

Step 1

Complete the International Student Application. You may also request that we mail you the application by contacting the International Programs Office at +1 (425) 352-8415 or

Step 2

Provide proof of English proficiency (optional). For more information, see "English Proficiency" section toward the bottom of this page.

Step 3

Provide proof of financial support for one year of study ($19,820). Financial documents should be no older than 3 months. Click here for more information about acceptable documents for proof of funding.

Step 4

Provide payment for the non-refundable application fee ($50) and optional express mail fee ($50). Payment can be made by credit card, money order, or check drawn on a U.S. bank. If paying by credit card, please provide payment information where asked on the application form. The optional $50 express mail fee ensures that your acceptance materials are sent to you via a courier service for rapid delivery. If the express mail fee is not paid, acceptance materials are sent via the U.S. Postal Service.

Step 5

Provide a copy of the photo page of your passport.

Step 6

Provide copies of your high school or college diploma and/or transcripts. If you are currently attending a college or university, high school transcripts are not required.

Step 7

Submit your application materials via fax, courier, postal service, email, or in person to:

Cascadia Community College
International Programs Office
18345 Campus Way NE
Bothell, WA 98011
United States

Fax: +1 (425) 352-8304

Step 8

Wait for good news. Completed applications usually only require two business days to process before a decision is made!

Transfer Application Process

Transferring to Cascadia from another college or university in the United States is easy. Simply apply for admission by following the above steps. Once you have been accepted, you will need to request that your previous school transfer your SEVIS immigration record to us. To do this, contact your previous school and provide them a copy of your acceptance letter from Cascadia and a copy of Cascadia’s Transfer-In Form. (Your previous school should fill out this form and submit it directly to Cascadia.) Your previous school may require that you submit a transfer out form giving them permission to transfer your record to us. Once you have completed these steps and your previous school has transferred your immigration record to Cascadia, we will be able to issue your new I-20 for you. Please keep in touch between now and when you arrive at Cascadia and let us know if you have difficulties transferring your immigration record to us, have immigration questions, or if you are unable to attend Cascadia Community College for the term you are accepted.

English Proficiency

No proof of English proficiency is required for admission to Cascadia!

International students who do not provide proof of English proficiency may begin their studies in our English Language Program. Students will be given a placement test upon arrival during orientation to determine their proficiency and class placement. Upon completion of the English Language Program, students can then begin the college-level program of their choice.

Cascadia currently accepts TOEFL and IELTS scores as proof of English proficiency. Students who submit satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores prior to arrival are eligible to take the COMPASS placement test during orientation for eligibility directly into college-level courses. The minimum scores required are:

TOEFL (iBT): 70
TOEFL (cBT): 195
TOEFL (paper): 525
IELTS: 6.0
iTep: 5.5
(Cascadia’s institutional code for sending TOEFL scores is 8733.)

International students whose native language is English or who have completed a college-level writing course at another accredited college or university in the United States may also be eligible to take the COMPASS placement test during orientation for eligibility directly into college-level courses.