College Level (Associate & Certificate) Programs


What is it?

Bellevue College (BC) is an accredited two-year institution that offers a variety of Associate degrees and certificate programs. Students who wish to transfer to a four-year university in the United States to earn a bachelor’s degree will need to complete one of the Transfer Associate Degrees at BC. A transfer associate degree is considered as the first two years of a four-year degree study in the U.S. and are often called “lower division” courses. Upon completion of a transfer associate degree at BC, students may transfer to any four-year university in the U.S. to complete the last two years of study (upper division courses) that are necessary for a bachelor’s degree. For general requirements of the transfer associate degrees at BC, please visit

Students who wish to join the workforce rather than transferring to a four-year university may choose to complete an Associate in Arts (AA) degree or various certificate programs at BC in their field of interest. To view the Professional Technical degrees and certificate programs offered at BC, please visit

For whom?

Students who wish to earn an Associate degree and/or complete a certificate program from an accredited American college for the purposes of university transfer, career advancement, or personal enrichment.

How long?

To earn an associate degree, it takes at least 2 to 2.5 years.

To earn a certificate, it takes anywhere from 3 to 18 months depending on a program.

How many hours per day?

All college level F-1 students are required to register for at least 12 credits (3 classes) each quarter. At American colleges and universities, for every one credit hour in which you enroll, you will spend approximately two to three hours outside of class studying. (e.g., if you are enrolled in 12 credits (3 classes), about 24 – 36 hours outside of the class study are needed.

Age Requirements

Applicants must be over the age of 16 with proof of high school graduation or equivalent before the quarter starting date.

Quarterly Full-time Tuition and Fees

Tuition amount varies; however, most college level F-1 students taking 15 credits (3 classes) pay about $3,500, plus books and supplies. Approximate quarterly estimate is $3,834 in this current academic year. Tuition and fees are expected to go up anywhere between 3 and 10% every year.

Payment Due Date

Tuition and fees are due no later than 7 calendar days after registration, or by the first day of the quarter, whichever comes first. Once the quarter begins, payment is due immediately upon registration.

Payment Methods

Visa, MasterCard, Money Orders, Traveler’s Check, Cash or Wire Transfer from a bank. For a wire transfer, please contact the ISP office.