Medical Insurance

Medical care in the U.S. is very expensive!  Therefore, as an international student (F-1 visa), you are REQUIRED to have health insurance during your studies at Shoreline Community College.  In order to ensure adequate coverage, you MUST purchase this insurance through the College.

 Shoreline Community College Requirements

If you are purchasing medical insurance through Shoreline Community College:

  • The college contracts with Firebird International Insurance, which is provided by Summit America.  The cost of the Firebird International Insurance plan is US$366 per quarter.  Coverage is also available for your child(ren) and/or spouse during your studies.

  • You will purchase the insurance plan when you register for classes each quarter and pay the premium along with your tuition.

  • You are required to attend the Health Care session with a Firebird International Insurance representative during ISOP (new student orientation) and will receive the insurance policy and ID card.

  • Maximum benefit of U.S. $250,000 per illness or injury

  • Coverage anywhere in the world including your home country only in the event of an emergency.

  • Medical evacuation back to your home country – maximum benefit of up to $50,000

  • Repatriation of remains – maximum benefit of up to $50,000

To view complete coverage and policy details, please visit the Firebird International Insurance website




International Student Orientation


Orientation is very important for your success. Attendance is mandatory.  We recommend arriving at least two days before orientation begins. This will give you time to recover from a long trip and start your college career feeling good!

During orientation, you will:

• take Math and English placement tests

• receive academic advising and register for classes

• have seminars to help you adjust to living and studying in the USA

• meet the entire International Education (IE) staff

• take a campus tour

• take a Seattle tour

Orientation will be informative and fun!  You will make new friends while discovering all that Shoreline Community College has to offer.


1. Remember to bring your passport and I-20 document, U.S. address/phone # information (host family or apartment), medical insurance information (if you already have one from your country), $20 in cash for the math placement test.

2.  If you have taken an English assessment test in the last 2 years and received a high score you may be eligible to enroll directly into college-level English or be placed in advanced English language courses: English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Learn more at our website! *You MUST submit ORIGINAL scores to us 7 days prior to orientation!

3. You will pay tuition and fees AFTER you register for classes.  Payment due is within 5 business days of registering or the first day of the quarter, whichever comes first.

4. Payment methods: At the Cashier—credit card (Mastercard or Visa), traveler’s checks, personal checks or cash.  Online payment by credit card or payment by phone is also available. (You’ll learn more details at orientation.)

6. If for some reason, you are not going to be able to come to Shoreline Community College as planned, it is VERY IMPORTANT for you to let us know at BEFORE orientation begins. We need to make the necessary changes on your SEVIS record based on immigration regulations.

We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle and our beautiful campus!


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Japanese Cultural Festival at Shoreline!

Did you come to the Japanese Culture Festival earlier today? It was held on the quiet dining room in PUB Building. The festival was sponsored by HTC program from Shoreline Community College and they held it for free.


There were so many games at the festival. One of the game was Ken Dama, it is a hard but very addicting game. The game works by throwing the tied ball up and catch on the correct spot in the equipment. You need patience and balance to do the game. Another game is chopstick game, do you know that it can be really hard for some people to use chopsticks? Japanese people use chopsticks all the time and they are very good.



They have a wishing tree where we can write our wishes on a piece of paper and put it on the branches. It believed that our wishes will come true.


The students were also wearing kimono. Kimono is the traditional dress in Japan. They also provided us kimonos to try on and take picture with.


They also taught people on folding origami paper to make shapes, such as birds, medals and flowers. And you can bring your folded origami home.



Party Like It’s 1965!

Did you go to the party on September 25th, 2015? The party was held to celebrate Shoreline’s 50th anniversary, so we partied like it’s 1965!

The party was an open invitation, so everyone can come. Foods were provided for everyone who come, for free! They had pig in a blanket, root beer float, salad, and many more!


A lot of people dressed up in 1960s style including our President, Dr. Cheryl Roberts, and there was a little Best-Dressed competition.


They also provided free photo booth with many accessories to cherish the memories.


The British Export and The Beatniks were the main show. The British Export dressed exactly like The Beatles and they sang The Beatles’ songs. People were dancing and having a lot of fun. And not forgetting The Beatniks, they played old songs and people were singing. Even at the end of their show, people were screaming “One more song! One more song!” So they did sang another song for us. People just had so much fun in the party!


“From Peril to Hope: Migration and Refugees” – NIEA Fall Workshop at Shoreline Community College!


Every year, NIEA (Northwest International Education Association) sponsors a one-day conference for college faculty and staff to learn about current global issues and world events.  The theme of the conference builds on the Community College Master Teacher Institute organized by the Center for Global Studies of UW Jackson School of International Studies.

This year, the fall workshop theme is “From Peril to Hope: Migration and Refugees”. It will be held at Shoreline Community College on October 23rd, 2015.


  • Develop a deepened understanding of human migration, refugee and immigration issues.
  • Learn innovate approaches for integrating above themes into curricula and campus.
  • Hear reports from the 2015 Community College Master Teaching Institute.
  • Learn how faculty in different fields are utilizing NIEA mini grants to internationalize curriculum, and how you can apply for a mini-grant to infuse global perspectives into your courses.
  • Explore options for studying abroad, related experiences, and best practices.
  • Engage in lively discussions with colleagues from diverse disciplines across Washington state, and share innovative approaches to incorporate above themes into curricula and campus.


“Safe Haven in the Storm?: Understanding the European Immigration Crisis”

Dr. David Fenner, Affiliate Faculty at the Jackson School of International Studies.

At a time of unprecedented mass migration from the countries of the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe – and the expanding humanitarian crisis as desperate migrants seek any means possible to reach Western Europe, we shall explore the historical, political and economic roots of human migration in general and these unfolding human events in particular.  In addition, participants will learn about a number of web-based tools designed specifically with student research projects in mind.


What’s Old is New Again:  The Recurring and Elusive History of Washington as An Immigrant Border State.

Session Presenter: Valerie F. Hunt. faculty member in the bachelor’s degree program of Applied Behavioral Science at Seattle Central College.

In order to teach and develop curricula about immigrant and refugee issues, it is important to understand some of the structural, historical, political, and social contexts of immigration in general, and Washington State in particular. In this workshop, participants will examine Washington’s history as a border state and what it means to be a border state, especially compared to other U.S. border states.

We will also review key dimensions of immigration—labor market forces, state/society relationships, human and civil rights—and how these dimensions inform our perceptions and practices about issues such illegal immigration,  “anchor babies,” job and education funding competition between native-born and immigrant workers, and national identity. The workshop will provide participants with leading-edge, state-of-the-discipline concepts, themes, and language to use when developing their own immigration-focused curricula.

Additional Sessions:

  • Cultural Influences and Contributions of Immigrants
  • 2015 Community College Master Teaching Institute on Immigration and Refugees: Content and teaching applications.
  • Immigrants, refugees and undocumented students: Highlighting experiences and diversity on campus, in the classroom, and community.
  • Teaching Abroad: Best Practices and Options for Teaching Abroad
  • Integrating Global Perspectives into Teaching through NIEA mini grants.

The Workshop is especially significant in light of current conditions, and is sponsored by Northwest International Education Association (NIEA) and Center for Global Studies at University of Washington.  Registration is via the NIEA website, then send payment to Heather F. Lukashin as indicated on the form.


7 Things International Students Wish They Had Known When They Got to Seattle


Everything can be so unfamiliar when you arrive to a new place. International Student Orientation will start on September 14, 2015 but that’s not the first day of class. There are plenty of things you can still do to get adjusted before class starts in September 23, 2015.

1.When you arrive in Seattle, you can still enjoy some beautiful weather, so take advantage of Sunny Seattle before Cloudy Seattle comes back. You can go to places around Seattle such as Green Lake, Carkeek Park, or even Snoqualmie Falls.


2. Learning how to cook would be a great idea too. Since you’re moving out of your parents’ house, no one will cook for you anymore. Eating in restaurants is not cheap in the U.S., so learning how to cook will save you a lot of money. But cooking is not just about making food to keep you from getting hungry; it’s also about staying healthy. If you look terrible, you’re never going to find a girl- and/or boyfriend.

DSC_00103.When you were a kid, you might have thought that finishing high school would be the end of your time doing homework and sitting in classes. But finishing high school is the beginning of it. Back when you were in high school, you go to school for nine hours a day for five days in a week and you have to study six subjects in a day.

Now that you’re in college, your class schedule might be a little looser, but it is a lot busier. There are so many things to learn and things to do on your own. You have to be able to manage your time and keep school as your top priority. Each morning when I get up, I make a list of all the things I need to do that day—that way, I can organize my time to make sure that I accomplish everything I need to. Also, coffee is your friend.



4.Your grades are very important. Do not underestimate the value of your GPA. When you’re planning to transfer to a four-year university, your GPA will be one of the main things that universities consider.

DSC_08565.Textbooks for classes are sometimes very expensive, especially for science classes. One way to save some money is by buying used books online on Amazon or eBay. You can also rent books from online stores.


6.Don’t be surprised by the fact that you have to use public transportation to go everywhere, unless you buy a car right away. Public transportation can be scary for people who are not used to it—it can be especially scary at night.

But it can teach you to be punctual. In some cultures, being right on schedule is not very important. In America, though, and especially for classes, you need to be on time. By riding public transportation, you will learn how, because the bus runs on a schedule and they won’t change it for you.

7.For students who wear contact lenses, it is probably better to buy your contacts at your home country. It takes so many steps to buy contact lenses in the U.S. because you need a prescription form a doctor to buy them.

Free Concert on the Roof of Pike Place Market This Sunday! (Plus Even More Free Concerts!)

Summer is coming to an end, but you still have a few opportunities to see some of the free live music that makes Seattle one of the best cities to live in.

Concerts at the Mural

Every Friday in August, a local non-profit radio station puts on concerts at the Mural Amphitheater in Seattle Center. Each show is completely free and features three bands. You can find out who’s going to be playing tomorrow and next Friday here.

What’s even more exciting than that, though, is that on Sunday evening at 7:00, there is going to be a free concert on top of Pike Place Market, right under the Public Market sign! Seattle musicians from four legendary bands will be covering the songs of Iggy Pop and the Stooges, an even more legendary band. But really, it doesn’t matter what they’re going to be playing—they’re going to be playing it on top of Pike Place Market! Streets surrounding the market will be closed to cars to make space for people to watch the show, so don’t worry about dodging traffic while you dance. For more information, click here.


Editor: Cory Anthony, International Education