International Admissions & How to Apply

How To Apply

Step 1: Create Account

  • Before you can apply, you need to create a non-Bellevue College account to use during the application process. If you are accepted, you will get a Bellevue College NetID to use while you are a student.
  • You only need to create a non-Bellevue College account once. If you are a current student re-applying, or if you already started an application and would like to continue, you do not need to create a new account.
Create Account

Step 2: Start Application

  • After you create your non-Bellevue College account, you can apply for international admission to Bellevue College.
  • Click on the “Start Application” button below to log in and start filling out your application.
Start Application

Continue Application

  • Log in to the system by clicking the Continue Application button below
  • Under the Records heading, select your International Application
Continue Application
  • Please use your student’s email to create their account for their online application.
  • Follow steps in the “Instructions for New Students” and assist your student.

International Admissions

Click on each tab below to view more detailed information.

Offered Programs at BC for International and Exchange Students

 

OIE Peer Assistants pictureIntensive English (ESL) Program

Study English (ESL) at Bellevue College!

…more details

BC_ChemLab_1 6-15College-Level

Complete a degree at Bellevue College! We have bachelor’s programs, associate university-transfer and professional/technical degree programs and undergraduate certificate programs.…more details.

BC GraduatesInternational High School Completion

Earn both a Washington State High School diploma and an associate (university transfer) degree at the same time at Bellevue College!…more details.

A picture of Giulia and a world mapInternational Business Professions (IBP)

A full-time, 12 months program that students design their own study and career plan which aligns with their interests.…more details.

Students sitting at the round table Bridge Pathway Program

A quarter-long college preparation program that emphasizes developing college-level writing skills, critical thinking, and taking personal responsibility for learning.…more details.

Students at an activity eventLEAP – Learning English in Action Program

This new ESL track offers students an active, exciting opportunity to gain real-world English-language skills and authentic cultural experience.…more details.

Admission Requirements:

 

  1. An online international student application form, including the signature document. Follow the “Instructions for New Students”, on the top of this page, to create an account and fill out an application.
  2. A non-refundable $50 application fee paid online.
  3. All acceptance packets shipped to an address outside of the U.S. require you to pay an express mail fee via eShipGlobal site. The student must upload the air bill with a complete mailing address to the BC’s online application site.
  4. A copy of the passport photo page, including expiration date.
    • A copy of each F-2 dependent’s passport photo page, including expiration date.
  5. A bank statement dated no earlier than 6 months before application, with a minimum balance of $28,800 USD.
    • Add $5,000 USD for each F-2 dependent
    • US-based sponsors must complete the Affidavit of Support (I-134) form
  6. Valid proof of English language proficiency.
  7. Transcripts in English from the current and/or previous schools.

No English proficiency is required.
Student must meet one of the following:

Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) and Paper-based TOEFL (PBT)

  • 52 (iBT) or 470 (PBT)
  • More information about TOEFL

Academic IELTS

  • All sub-scores of 4.5 or higher
  • More information about Academic IELTS

TOEIC

  • 550
  • More information about TOEIC

BC's Intensive English Placement Test

Successful Completion of Level 3 of the BC’s Intensive English Program

May Be Reviewed on a Case-by-case Basis by the BC's Intensive English Program

May be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the English Language Institute designated personnel
Student must meet one of the following:

Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) and Paper-based TOEFL (PBT)

  • 58 (iBT) or 493 (PBT)
  • More information about TOEFL

Academic IELTS

  • Overall score of 5.5 with all sub-scores above 5.0 or higher
  • More information about Academic IELTS

Successful completion of the BC’s Intensive English program

Successful completion of the specific level of English language school

  • Intensive Level 109 at ELS Language Centers
  • High Intermediate level at Kaplan
  • ALPS SIRWS 5 with a grade of 75% or higher AND a minimum score of 69 on the CaMLA EPT exit exam at ALPS Language School
  • Highest level at an intensive English school (must submit a verification letter from the school official and considered on a case-by-case basis)
Student must meet one of the following:

Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) and Paper-based TOEFL (PBT)

  • 61 (iBT) or 500 (PBT)
  • More information about TOEFL

Academic IELTS

  • Overall score of 6.0 with all sub-scores 5.5 or higher
  • More information about Academic IELTS

First Language on the IGCSE or O-Level

An AP English Language or Literature/Composition Score

An IB English A Exam With A Minimum Score

  • 4 (places into English 101 at BC(*))
  • (*) Official exam result issued by the testing company is required for the placement into English 101.
  • More information about the IB International Baccalaureate

Smarter Balanced ELA Score Option Available For US High School Students Only

  • 3 (places into English 101 at BC(*))
  • (*) Official exam result issued by the testing company is required for the placement into English 101.
  • More information about Smarter Balanced ELA

Successful Completion of the BC’s Intensive English Program

Successful Completion of The BC’s Bridge Pathway Program

With a grade of “C-”

Other College’s placement test result(s)

A valid placement result from another college into the equivalent of BC’s English 101

U.S. High School or an International School

Two years of regular English courses (non-ESL) in a U.S. high school or international school with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher (reviewed on a case-by-case basis)

Public Diplomacy ESL-school of The US Embassy

Successful completion of the advance 5 with a passing grade (a verification letter from the school official is required) (reviewed on a case-by-case basis)

Countries with English as Official or Primary Language

1. Anguilla, 2. Antigua and Barbuda, 3. Australia, 4. Bahamas, 5. Barbados, 6. Belize, 7. Bermuda, 8. Botswana, 9. British Virgin Islands,10. Cameroon, 11. Canada (except Quebec), 12. Cayman Islands, 13. Dominica, 14. England, 15. Fiji, 16. The Gambia, 17. Ghana,
18. Gibraltar, 19. Grenada, 20. Guyana, 21. Ireland, Northern, 22. Ireland, Republic of,
23. Jamaica, 24. Kenya, 25. Lesotho, 26. Liberia, 27. Malawi, 28. Malta,
29. Mauritius, 30. Montserrat, 31. Namibia, 32. New Zealand, 33. Nigeria,
34. Papua New Guinea, 35. Scotland, 36. Seychelles, 37. Sierra Leone, 38. Singapore,
39. Solomon Islands, 40. South Africa, 41. St. Kitts and Nevis,
42. St. Lucia, 43. St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 44. Swaziland,
45. Tanzania, 46. Tonga, 47. Trinidad and Tobago, 48. Turks and Caicos Islands,
49. Uganda, 50. United Kingdom, 51. Vanuatu,
52. Wales, 53. Zambia, 54. Zimbabwe

Underage Students (16 or 17 years old):

  • All students must be at least 16 years old before the start of classes.
  • Completed and signed the Limited Power-of-Attorney for Healthcare Purpose and Attorney-in-Fact forms.
  • Underage students who have already graduated from a high school in their home country and seek direct admission to the college level program must submit proof of high school completion (e.g., diploma, IGCSE, O-level exam results, or an expected graduation letter from a school official)

Transferring to BC:

Students transferring from another US school to BC need to submit additional documents. Transfer students are strongly advised to submit their completed applications at least two weeks before their grace period ends. Transfer IBP students, contact Office of International Education (OIE) at 425-564-3185.

Transfer students also must upload/submit copies of the immigration documents:

  • A copy of F-1 visa page
  • A copy of current I-20 form
  • Most recent I-94 document (retrieve from https://i94.cbp.dhs.gov/I94/#/home)
  • Completed and signed Transfer Eligibility form

Application Booklet

(View the detailed description and admission requirements for all programs: Bachelor’s Degree programs, Associate and Certificate programs, International High School Completion (IHSC), Bridge Pathway program, International Business Profession (IBP) program, and Intensive English Language (ESL) and Learning English in Action Program (LEAP).)


Last Updated March 20, 2019