International Admissions & How to Apply

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).


How To Apply

Step 1: Create Account

  • If you have never applied to Bellevue College before, you are a New User and will need to Create an Account in our International Student Portal.  
  • You only need to create an International Student Portal account once. If you are 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 International Student Portal account, you can apply for international admission to Bellevue College. 
Start Application

Continue Application

  • Log in to the International Student Portal by clicking the Continue Application button below and logging in with your Portal Account. 
  • 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.

If you are a returning Bellevue College student, email us at ie@bellevuecollege.edu for assistance applying


International Admissions

Click on each tab below to view more detailed information.

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 $26,604 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)

  • 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

DUOLINGO

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
  • Completion of the first-half of International House San Diego’s (IHSD) American Language Benchmark 7, equivalent to IELTS overall score of 5.0
  • 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

DUOLINGO

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,
  2. Gibraltar, 19. Grenada, 20. Guyana, 21. Ireland, Northern, 22. Ireland, Republic of,
  3. Jamaica, 24. Kenya, 25. Lesotho, 26. Liberia, 27. Malawi, 28. Malta,
  4. Mauritius, 30. Montserrat, 31. Namibia, 32. New Zealand, 33. Nigeria,
  5. Papua New Guinea, 35. Scotland, 36. Seychelles, 37. Sierra Leone, 38. Singapore,
  6. Solomon Islands, 40. South Africa, 41. St. Kitts and Nevis,
  7. St. Lucia, 43. St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 44. Swaziland,
  8. Tanzania, 46. Tonga, 47. Trinidad and Tobago, 48. Turks and Caicos Islands,
  9. Uganda, 50. United Kingdom, 51. Vanuatu,
  10. 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

Transfer Partners

Students can request a conditional admissions letter for one school from the list below when they apply to Bellevue College.

Please note that admission is not guaranteed, and students must still meet the conditions listed in their acceptance letter. This includes applying to the school by their application deadlines. Conditional admission to the school does not include admission to a major with selective admission.

  • Arizona State University
  • California State University San Marcos
  • Central Washington University
  • Eastern Washington University
  • Gonzaga University
  • Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Oregon State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Seattle University
  • University of California, Riverside*
    (General Welcome Letter)
  • University of Idaho
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of Washington, Bothell
  • University of Washington, Tacoma
  • Washington State University 
  • Western Washington University

Transfer Partners

Students can request a conditional admissions letter for one school from the list above when they apply to Bellevue College. Join us as we explore one university a month!

Please note that admission is not guaranteed, and students must still meet the conditions listed in their acceptance letter. This includes applying to the school by their application deadlines. Conditional admission to the school does not include admission to a major with selective admission.

Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University is located in Spokane in Eastern Washington, the “sunny side” of the state, with far less rain than western Washington such as Seattle. Spokane River runs along Gonzaga’s campus and through the city, where Spokane Falls crests in the heart of downtown. The falls are a must-see, especially in the spring when runoff from the nearby mountains swells the river and puts the beauty and power of the falls on full display. As the largest metropolitan area between Seattle and Minneapolis, Spokane is the financial, cultural and retail center of the Inland Northwest, offering plenty of opportunities.

Gonzaga University established in 1887 as a private, Roman Catholic institution with total enrollment of 7,300, it offers 75 undergraduate programs, 24 master’s degrees and 5 doctoral-level degrees through 7 colleges/schools.

  • Average Class Size: 23
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
  • #79 in National Universities; #22 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (US News 2022)
  • Approximately 95.5% of Gonzaga’s 2019 graduates are employed, continuing their education, or serving as volunteers

  • All students who complete the application for admission are automatically considered for one of several need-blind scholarships, no need to apply separately
  • International Student Application Fee Waiver
  • CENTER FOR ENGINEERING DESIGN & ENTREPRENEURSHIP (CEDE) encourages students to set up project teams and work on real engineering problems with faculty advisors
  • New Venture Lab run by students works with local entrepreneurs to help develop new products and business ventures


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Last Updated January 19, 2022