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Skagit Valley College

Address: 2405 E. College Way, Mt Vernon, WA 98273, United States

Description Skagit Valley College

  • Founded: in 1926
  • Location: Mount Vernon, USA
  • Age of students: from 16 years
  • Number of students: 4,000 (foreigners - 245)
  • Programs: bachelor's degree, vocational training
  • Type of studying: mixed
  • Accommodation type: residence, host family
  • The language of instruction: English language.

Skagit Valley College (SVC) was founded in 1926. For the years of his work it has reached the status of a leader among educational institutions that offer similar services. The educational activity of the college promotes economic development and cultural enrichment of the region in which it is located. The merits and achievements of the Skajit Valley educational institution are recognized at the national level: in 2007 and 2010, the college became one of the best institutions of higher professional education in America in the opinion of graduates and current students.

The university students receive full support from the teaching staff, as well as an individual approach to teaching, which helps students to improve their academic results. Skagit Valley College teachers are multiple holders of honorary awards in the field of education.

The Skajit Valley College offers its students an excellent education: it is a convenient and modern infrastructure of a school campus, good technological equipment of classrooms and not only the quiet atmosphere of a small city - all these factors help to make every student's study comfortable and productive at the same time. Here, young people from different countries and all strata of the population can expand their academic opportunities and professional horizons. An indispensable element in Skagit Valley College is the creation of a comfortable international environment in which students learn communication with each other and tolerance for other cultures.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Skagit Valley College

Program name

Primary Higher Education Program

  • Age of students: from 16 years old
  • Dates: September, December, March
  • Duration of the program: 2 years.

In Scaget Valley, foreign students can take the first 2 years from a full bachelor's program in humanitarian, natural or applied specialties. To obtain a full bachelor's degree, the student needs to move from SVC to one of the partner universities, where he will continue his studies for two years. Then, after passing the final examinations, the student will become the holder of a bachelor's degree in the chosen specialization.

The academic areas offered by Skagit Valley College are:

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree
  • Candidate Degree in Bachelor of Science
  • Applicant's Bachelor of Science Degree
  • Preparation for a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Protection (Environmental Conservation).

To obtain a degree, students need to visit a certain number of classes and get credit for it, depending on the profession, their number may vary. At the same time for foreign students a minimum rate is established - from 12 credit hours each semester.

Training programs

  • Age of students: from 16 years old
  • Dates: September, December, March
  • Duration of the program: from 3 months.

Students from other countries can get a certificate of vocational education in SVC for one of the offered specializations:

  • Environmental protection
  • Marine protection technology
  • Organization and conservation of parks
  • Catering and hotel business
  • Design technology
  • Computer information services
  • Office organization technology
  • Academy of law enforcement reserve
  • Technical design
  • Health and fitness equipment
  • Technology of making beer and others.

Accommodation, housing and food

For the period of study in Skajit Valley, foreign students are offered two options: the first one is at Campus View Village (CVV), which is a few steps from the campus of the educational institution and consists of 7 buildings; the second option - Home Stay, that is, accommodation in the host American family.

In CVV each apartment consists of four separate bedrooms, as well as a common space. As young people from all over the world come to study at Skagit Valley College, the atmosphere of international communication and tolerance to the culture of neighbors always reigns in the corps. In the dormitory for public use, wireless Internet is available, there is a common recreation area with cable TV, as well as a kitchen where students can cook their own meals and communicate with neighbors. For CVV residents, employees and initiative students periodically organize various social, educational and entertaining activities.

Staying in an American family is suitable for those who prefer a homely cozy atmosphere to a fun living in a hostel with other students. There are also two options for living here:

  • Three meals a day are provided;
  • Students take care of organizing their meals themselves.

In both cases, rental housing does not include the student's travel expenses, toiletries, long-distance phone calls and other personal items. There is also a separate payment for participation in the Home Stay program and a refundable security deposit for the safety of the property of the American family.

In the program of admission of foreign students, different families participate, so the houses for living are very different - small and modest, large and elegant, in the city and the suburbs, etc. Regardless of this indicator, a separate room with a chest of drawers, a wardrobe, a desk, chairs, a bed and all necessary bedding is allocated to each guest in the host family's territory.

Also, the owner of the family on the day of arrival explains to his guest the rules related to the possible duties, whether the student can invite friends into the house, at what time the family gathers at the dinner table, and so on.

Subjects, specialties, faculties and sport

Subjects list : Allied Health Education, anthropology, applied Science, Arts & Communication, Astronomy, Earth Science, & Geology, Automotive, Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Management, Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation, biology, business management, Business Management Individual Technical Certificate, Business, Direct Transfer, catering, chemistry, College & Career Bridge, Communication, Composites, Computer Information Systems, computer science, Craft Brewing, Criminal Justice & Parks Service, Dental, design, Diesel Power, Direct Transfer with Physical Education Emphasis, drama, Early Childhood Education, economics, Education Paraprofessional, Education, A.Ed, engineering, English, English Language Acquisition, Entrepreneurship Certificate, Entrepreneurship I Micro-Certificate, Environmental Conservation, Environmental science, Fire Science, FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGEMENT, GED® Exam Preparation, geography, Health & Fitness, healthy lifestyle, history, HS21+ Adult High School Diploma, Human Services, humanitarian sciences, Industrial Technology & Transportation, Manufacturing, Marine Maintenance Technology, Mathematics, Medical Assistant Certificate, Medical Assistant, AAS, Medical Billing and Coding Specialist, Multimedia & Interactive Technology, Music AMU-WMU, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Oceanography, Office & Business Technology, Operations Management, Pharmacy Technician, philosophy, Philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, public safety, Social Sciences, sociology, Sustainable Small Farm Agriculture, Technical Design, Veterinary Assistant, Visual Arts AVA-WSU, Welding, World languages
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Events Skagit Valley College

The Skadget Valley University offers its students an initial higher education in the following professions:

  • Business
  • Public Service and Social Sciences
  • Art and Communication
  • Food and Beverage Management
  • Education
  • Industrial technologies and transport
  • Science, technology, engineering and mathematics
  • Medical sciences.

Within the framework of all educational programs for foreign students the following disciplines are studied:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies
  • History of the USA
  • Modern world problems
  • Washington State History
  • Science
  • Professional education
  • Physical education
  • Elective classes.

SVC also implements an affiliate program with many universities in the United States and not only. This means that graduates of a two-year college education course can enroll in partner universities to continue their education. Here are some of them:

  • Washington University
  • Washington State University
  • University of Oregon
  • University of California at Davis
  • Western Washington University
  • University of New York and others.

Sports life in SVC is paid special attention to: in each of the sports there is a team that can defend the honor of the university in competitions of different levels. A separate page on the official website of the university is dedicated to covering the sports life of the Skagit Valley. Students of the university can choose one of the types of physical activity, which are divided according to gender:

  • Basketball (men / women)
  • Football (men / women)
  • Baseball (the husband)
  • Golf (Husband / Wife)
  • Softball (wives)
  • Tennis (men / women)
  • Volleyball (wives).

Nature and hiking enthusiasts can have a great time in one of the national parks near the SVC campus: the North Cascade with the most spectacular views of America, the Deceptem Pass national park with a water area and a camping ground and not only.

In their free time, students can go to major cities, which are located in 1-2 hours from the location of Scaget Valley. It can be Seattle or Vancouver, where young people can immerse in the cultural life of big cities: visit various museums, exhibitions, ballet, concert of the symphony orchestra, as well as professional sports clubs and luxury restaurants, and this is not all.

Equipment Skagit Valley College

The Skadget College is located in the northwest of Washington State in the territory of the same name valley, which is surrounded on the one side by the Cascade Mountains on the other side - the Pacific Ocean. The main campus of the university is located in the small town of Mount Vernon.

Approximately at the same distance from the university - 90 km - there are two major cities: Seattle (Washington) and Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada), where students can go for a walk in their free time. In general, Skagit Valley College is an excellent place for exciting and active holidays all year round.

All the buildings of the college, ranging from residences and ending with educational buildings, are executed in the north-western style taking into account modern architectural tendencies. On campus there are study rooms, a library, computer classes, a theater town, an indoor gym and several outdoor sports grounds, racetracks and much more.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

At Scaget Valley University, the academic year is divided into three semesters (1 semester = 3 months): autumn semester from September to December, winter - from December to March, and spring - from March to June.

The course price includes:

  • Studying
  • Accommodation in apartments or family
  • Textbooks and materials
  • Everyday costs 
  • Medical insurance.

Additionally paid:

  • Registration fee
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer to University campus
  • Visa service and consular fee
  • Health insurance (depends on the validity of the visa).

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

To become a student of Skajat Valley College can a young man from any country not younger than 16 years. For admission to SVC applicants from other countries, it is necessary to prepare and send to the university administration a certain package of documents:

  • Filled in application for receipt
  • Copy of the passport
  • Certificate of Secondary Education
  • A letter of recommendation from the teachers of the previous institution
  • An extract from the bank containing the information and financial position of the candidate
  • Certificates of English TOEFL (International Computer TOEFL 133 and above / International Paper TOEFL 450 and above / International Internet TOEFL 45 and above) *.

* If the candidate did not pass such a test, he can do it already at the university, a few days before the beginning of the course.

Passing the test shows at what level the language skills of each student are. According to the results obtained, all foreign students are assigned to study groups of different levels - Intensive English, Bridge 1, Bridge 2 and Regular (attending college courses).

The program for foreign students also includes classes in ESL course (English as a foreign language), but if the TOEFL test is a knowledge of the language, then the student is released from the visit. For most foreign students, the ESL course remains compulsory.

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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