Overseas Online Program

The Overseas Online Program allows students to start taking courses online/remotely while they are waiting to arrive in the US as BC’s F-1 student. 

As long as students are fully aware of the below contents, potential risks, and are confident in handling classes, students may take up to 18cr (3 classes) in their first term.

For specific questions please read the respective program details first and then email the Director of International Education at kazumi.hada@bellevuecollege.edu.

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Credit-Level Overseas Online

ALL overseas online students must meet all conditions BEFORE they are allowed to sign-up for any online, credit bearing courses at BC: 

  • Be at least 16 years of age at the time of enrollment. 
  • Be accepted to the college-level program at BC.
  • Recommended to have met an English proficiency level high enough to be placed into English 101 by meeting one of the methods:
    • An official internet-based TOEFL 65 and a writing score about 16;
    • An official academic IELTS overall band score of 6.0 with writing score of 6.0; 
    • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language/Comp or English Literature/Comp scores of 4 or 5;
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) English A Language & Literature or English A Literature scores of 5, 6, or 7; 
    • IGCSE or O-level’s First English Language with a grade of a “B” or higher; 
    • Successful completion of BC’s Bridge Pathway program with a grade of “C-“ in English 93; 
    • Successful completion of BC’s intensive English program with a grade of an “A-“in Integrated Skills 5 and “B-“in all other courses. 
    • BC’s English Placement Test result with placement into English 101
  • Must have reliable technology that meets Canvas specification (https://guides.instructure.com/m/67952/l/720328) and have access to browsers that support Canvas. 
  • Complete the Acknowledgement form and IE overseas online orientation on the International Student Portal once accepted.  

All overseas online students are required to maintain at least a 2.0 quarterly and cumulative GPA to be able to continue participating in the overseas online program. 

 In the US, instructors teach their classes differently. 

  • Asynchronous learning means students learn the same materials at different times and locations on their own without real-time interaction. 
  • Synchronous learning means students learn the same materials at the same time (real-time) by attending lectures and discussion groups 
  • Blended learning includes both asynchronous and synchronous methods. 

What are the impacts on you? 

  • Time difference – Synchronous and “blended” models require you to participate in the course(s) based on the Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). 
  • Time management – Asynchronous learning will test your time management skills, because there are no set lectures/class-time. 

Estimated quarterly total (excluding books) for 15 credits (3 classes) is $3,485.00 USD.
Estimated quarterly books: $310 USD, excluding any shipment costs


Intensive English Overseas Online

ALL overseas online students must meet all conditions BEFORE they are allowed to sign-up for the intensive English course at BC: 

  • Be at least 16 years of age at the time of enrollment. 
  • Be accepted to the intensive English program at BC . 
  • Must have reliable technology that meets Canvas specification(https://guides.instructure.com/m/67952/l/720328)) and have access to browsers that support Canvas. 
  • Complete the Acknowledgement form and IE overseas online orientation on the International Student Portal once accepted.

In the US, instructors teach their classes differently. 

  • Asynchronous learning (100% online) means classwork is at your own pace due by the teacher’s due date.  No real-time (no live) interaction. 
  • Synchronous learning (includes some live lessons) means you must be able to join at the class time in Pacific Daylight Time. For example, it might be 2am in your home country.  
  • Blended learning includes both asynchronous and synchronous methods.  

What are the impacts on you? 

  • Time difference – Synchronous and “blended” models require you to participate in the course(s) based on the Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). 
  • Time management – Asynchronous learning will require good time management skills because you have to complete assignments by the due date on your own. 

Winter 2021 

Winter 2021 Estimates for the Intensive ESL (excluding textbooks):
Estimated total for a full-time intensive ESL tuition and fees is $3,018.00 USD
Wring & Grammar classes only = $1,655.00 USD
Reading or Speaking/Listening only = $888.00 USD
Estimated cost for textbooks is $310.

Winter 2021 Estimates for the Bridge Pathway Program (excluding textbooks):
Estimated total for 3 courses tuition and fees is $3,523.00 USD.
Estimated total for 2 courses tuition and fees is $3,086.00 USD
Estimated cost for textbooks is $310.

Since the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released the July 24th guidelines, IE has relaxed some parts of the Overseas Online Program (OOP) requirements.  As long as students are fully aware of below contents, potential risks, and are confident to handle more than one course, students may take more than one intensive English course in their first term. 

Students who are admitted directly to the Bridge Pathway program will need to take all 2-3 Bridge courses as it is a packaged program.  Bridge Pathway students will take: 1) Academic Preparation, 2) English 93, and some students will need the Writing Support course. Students admitted directly to the Bridge Pathway program will need to take the Writeplacer exam to determine if the writing support course is needed.

Students are expected to be available during the following times:


Classes meet Monday through Friday in PDT

  • Reading: 12:30pm to 1:20pm
  • Writing/Grammar: 1:30pm to 3:20pm 
  • Speaking & Listening: 3:30pm to 4:20pm 

Bridge Pathway classes (Bridge students need to take all 2 to 3 classes)

  • Academic Preparation: Mon – Fri, 1:30pm to 3:20pm PDT
  • English 93: Mon – Fri, 11:30am to 12:20pm
  • Writing Support class (Determined based on the Writeplacer test result): Tue, Wed, & Thurs, 10:30am – 11:20am

Last Updated April 5, 2021