Here are some of the important steps many students take during their time at Bellevue College.  Please note that this is a general timeline for starting and finishing your degree at Bellevue College. This example timeline is arranged for those students planning to transfer to a university.

Quarter 1: Orientation/Registration

  • Attend International Student Orientation (mandatory)
  • Take the English & Math Assessment Tests.
  • Meet with your designated International Student Advisor to get registered and plan your first quarter
  • Register HD103 “International Student First Year Experience” course with advisor and attend class
  • Meet with your advisor during the quarter if you have any question or need assistance

Quarter 2: See Advisor (IE or Major) for Class Planning

  • Find and use BC Resources: Academic Success Center, Degree Audit, Academic Success Center, Degree Audit, Advising Website, Counseling Center, etc.

Quarter 3: Are English/Math and Prerequisites Finished?

  • Undecided Major? See an IE Advisor! Take HD 173.

Quarter 4: Apply for a Vacation Quarter?

  •  If you’re planning on taking a break for Summer Quarter then you need to apply for a Vacation Quarter in advance.  Otherwise you would need to study full-time.
    • You can apply for a Vacation Quarter by logging in to your Terra Dotta account and selecting Vacation for the appropriate term here: Vacation Request

Quarter 5: Apply to Universities 

  • Make a list of universities and requirements!
  • Attend Personal Statement Workshops.
  • Take the TOEFL or IELTS test if needed.

Quarter 6: Apply for Graduation before the Deadline

  • Determine Universities for Transfer. See Advisor.  See Advising Websites, Transfer information and Fairs, etc.

Quarter 7: Begin transfer process to a new school, apply for OPT or plan to depart the U.S.?

  • Apply to universities and take TOEFL, check transcript, if transferring.

Quarter 8: Take a Reduced Course Load in Final Quarter?

Last Updated October 27, 2021