Basic and Transitional Studies








Due to COVID-19, our office is currently closed to the public. We are still here for you, and working online and remotely.


ESL classes:

We apologize, but are currently not accepting new ESL students for Spring Quarter. Please contact us in the Summer or Fall.

If you are a returning or transfer student, please contact the ESL office at eslbats@bellevuecollege.edu

OR https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/bats/english-as-a-second-language/


Adult Basic Education classes:

Interested in ABE classes for Spring quarter (April 8th-  June 19th)?

Contact the ABE office at abe@bellevuecollege.edu

OR https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/abe/


I-BEST students:

Please direct them to our I-BEST email address.


Basic and Transitional Studies

The purpose of the Basic and Transitional Studies Department is to provide students with high-quality basic and pre-college Math and English literacy education for academic, personal, family, work and community engagement while cultivating leadership potential within collaborative student, staff, and faculty learning communities.


•Adult Basic Education (ABE)

The mission of the ABE Program at Bellevue College is to offer a flexible program to meet the diverse needs of students needing basic skills to become more self-sufficient.

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GED Test Preparation classes are designed for students with well-developed reading skills to prepare for the tests by developing test taking strategies and study skills.

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•High School+

High School+ (HS+) is a competency-based high school equivalency program for adult learners 21 and older who do not have a high school diploma or equivalency.

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•English as a Second Language (ESL)

The ESL program offers English language classes to students who have a college or career goal and a language acquisition goal. This program is available only to citizens, immigrants and refugees.

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I-BEST is a program for ESL and Basic Skills students who want to start college classes, earn college certificates, learn workplace skills, or gain confidence in English, study skills, and career readiness.

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•Preparing for Work

Job preparation classes are FREE to non-native English speakers who are immigrants, refugees, or citizens living in Bellevue. Students must be interested in finding work now or in the near future.

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BASIC & TRANSITIONAL STUDIES (BATS) • Room R130 • 3000 Landerholm Circle SE • Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 •  Phone:425-564-2171