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 international@shoreline.edu 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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Mother’s Day

The United States celebrated Mother’s Day on May 15th. Shoreline Community College’s International Peer Mentors share how they celebrate their mothers and parents in their home countries!

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Clever Cupcakes, Montreal Canada, Mother’s Day Cupcakes (CC BY 2.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Clara Zhang

In China, we celebrate Mother’s day at the second Sunday of May every year. It is the time for mothers to take a break and relax. As children, we usually give our mother carnation as a gift, cook a fancy dinner for our mom, and help with housework. We also sometimes give our mom a massage during that day. The purpose of the Mother’s Day is not only to reduce our mother’s pressure for one day, it is more about raising attention among children to take more care about their mothers.

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Tianmu peter (CC BY 3.0) via Wikimedia Commons

Megan Lo

I would say people in Hong Kong celebrate Mother’s Day like in the US. Grown-up children (usually daughters) would buy flowers and make fancy dinners, as well as spend more time (than usual) with their mums. You know, to appreciate what they have done for us over the years. 🙂 P.S. I love you, mum ❤

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Nori Norisa, 娘がかみさんに内緒で母の日プレゼント用意してる (CC BY 2.0), via Wikimedia Commons

Jisa Kang

In Japan, we have custom that we give mother flowers, especially carnations. Kids give them picture or painting stuffs which made by themselves. Adult give them some stuffs sometimes. But I’m feeling that this custom and Mother’s Day are more forgettable than other events like Christmas as well as Father’s Day in next month. In case of me, I have never given something to my mom since I was in elementary school. 😄

Blanche Cizubu

We do not have a proper mother’s day in D.R. Congo. Instead, every May 1st, we celebrate Parent’s Day which is the same day as National Work Day. So, parents don’t go to work which is perfect because we get to spend the entire day with them. What we usually do on that day is go on excursion, cook dinner for the parents, and thank them for everything.

Jinhee Jeong

In South Korea, May 8th was originally Mother’s Day in 1956, but in 1973 it officially became Parent’s Day. Since then in South Korea people have been celebrating Parent’s day. On that day we give thanks to our parents, give them flower (carnation) and gifts (card, etc).

TK Siripornrungrueng

Mother’s day in Thailand is on the 12th of August which is on the Queen’s birthday. All or most of Thai people will wear a blue color shirts, and we will gather to sing a song in honor of the Queen. Also, we will spend most of our time on that day with the family, especially mother.

Moe Khamis

Mother’s day in Jordan is March 21st, we usually celebrate it by buying our mom a gift and a card and going out to have dinner together at night.

Yuron Anggara

Yes, we have Mother’s day in Indonesia. It is not really a big occasion but usually me and my siblings would get a flower or a present and then have dinner afterwards.

– Meg Humphrey


Student Resource: Writing & Learning Studio

The Writing & Learning Studio is a treasure chest of knowledge tucked away on the third floor of the library. The staff’s mission is to assist all students in building writing and learning skills so they are successful in their academic pursuits. The studio is open for any student, you don’t have to be in a writing or English class to come in for assistance.

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The Writing & Learning Studio is open six days a week. On Mondays and Tuesdays, it’s open from 9:00am to 4:00pm; on Wednesdays and Thursdays it’s open from 9:00am to 5:00pm; on Fridays it’s open from 9:00am to 3:00pm; and on Sundays it’s open from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

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There are no appointments, so make sure you plan ahead! The studio is busy when college applications and big papers are due and the wait can be very long. If you don’t have time to stay and meet with someone or are just looking for some quick tips, there are many writing handouts you can take with you. Don’t wait until you feel like you’re struggling to come in and see someone at the Writing & Learning Studio. They are there to help you at any step of the way during the writing process.

– Meg Humphrey

Academic Resource: Tutoring Services

Tutoring services offers free one-on-one tutoring (up to two hours a week). The purpose of tutoring services is to help students who need assistance with completing their school work and offers support in specific subject matters. Students will be able to not only gain and review their knowledge through the tutoring services but will also learn how to engage with other students and learn from each other.

Karin and Jessica

When you first walk in to tutoring services, you will meet Karin Heffel-Steele and Jessica Gonzalez. Jessica is a Program Coordinator, and welcomes students at the front desk and is always happy to answer your questions. She coordinates the tutoring application process and connects tutors with students who need their help. Karin Heffel-Steele, another friendly employee of the Tutoring Center, is the Manager of Tutoring & Academic Support. She advises students who are interested in the tutoring services to be prepared for each meeting. Students should always bring their assignments and prepare questions for their tutor ahead of time. These tips will help you get the most out of your tutoring sessions.

If you have any questions, you are welcome to ask and don’t be afraid to get to know the staff. They are friendly and willing to spend time with students to support and achieve their academic success.

Now that you know how great they are, visit their website to learn more or apply for tutoring assistance!

Shin A Oh


“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 www.nieawa.org, then send payment to Heather F. Lukashin as indicated on the form.


3 Things You Can Do with Your go.shoreline.edu Email

3 Things You Can Do With Your go.shoreline.edu Email


As a student at Shoreline, you are provided with an email from our school. Besides sending and receiving emails to or from your teachers, do you know that your Shoreline email is more helpful than you think?


  1. Unlimited Google Drive Storage

Your Shoreline email is a type of email. Therefore, it can be logged in through gmail.com and it comes with all functions of Google apps such as Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Photos and etc. With your go.shoreline.edu email, you are given unlimited storage on Google Drive without having to pay any fees. Therefore, you can take advantage of this function to store your important documents or large files here as they will stay there safely. For more information, please visit drive.google.com.


       2. Getting Microsoft Office for free


With your Shoreline email, you can download and install Microsoft Office for free of charge on your personal computers (up to 5). The package includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote. Other benefits can include using Microsoft Office Mobile apps on iOS and Android for free and using OneDrive for Business for cloud storage. To install, you can visit aka.ms/getoffice and log in with your Shoreline email and password. Then you can follow the instructions from the website to get your benefits. For more information, please visit http://www.shoreline.edu/tss/office-365.aspx


  1. NoodleTools

If you are taking English 102, or if you you are going to, you may feel worried about your upcoming research papers. There
is going to be a lot of citations and notes you have to manage and keep track. With NoodleTools, you will be able to format and organize your citations onto a Works Cited list and easily export it as a Word document. Also, NoodleTools has many useful features such as saving your notecards, creating outline and drafting your essay on GoogleDocs, etc,. All it takes is a free registration for a NoodleTools account with your Shoreline email. For more information and instructions, please visit http://shoreline.libguides.com/noodletools



Writer: Dung Cao, International Student at Shoreline

The United States and China To Extend Visas for Short-term Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students


Starting November 12, the United States and the People’s Republic of China will reciprocally increase the validity of short-term business and tourist visas and student and exchange visas issued to each other’s citizens.

Chinese applicants who qualify for a B-category nonimmigrant visa (NIV) may now be issued multiple-entry visas for up to 10 years for business and tourist travel. Qualified Chinese students and exchange visitors and their dependents who qualify for F, M, or J-category visas are now eligible for multiple-entry visas valid for up to five years or the length of their program. U.S. citizens eligible for Chinese short term business and tourist visas should also receive multiple-entry visas valid for up to 10 years, while qualified U.S. students may receive student residency permits valid up to five years, depending on the length of their educational program.

Benefits of Visa Validity Extension:

– The reciprocal extension of visa validity to 10 years for short-term business and tourist travel between China and the United States will increase travel and exchanges, enhance mutual understanding between our countries, and benefit our economies by increasing the ease of trade and investment. Ten years is the longest visa validity possible under U.S. law.

– This new arrangement will be more convenient and less costly for travelers. Prior to this, Chinese and American business travelers and tourists had to apply annually if visiting the United States or China each year.

– Until now, many Chinese students who left the United States for short visits abroad were required to apply for new visas. Under the new arrangement, Chinese students will find it easier and more convenient to return home because in many cases they will not be required to obtain new visas prior to returning to the United States to study.

– The arrangement underscores the U.S. commitment to promote bilateral tourism and trade and increase opportunities for people-to-people engagement.


– More NIVs are processed in China than in any other country; applications processed in China represent more than 14 percent of all NIV applications worldwide. More than 1.95 million NIV applications were processed for Chinese nationals in fiscal year 2014.

– Wait times for interview appointments in China have averaged less than one week at each post in Mission China for the last two years. Due to efficient processing, most applicants are able to enter the Embassy or Consulate, complete their interview, and depart in less than an hour. –

– The vast majority of foreign investment activities in the United States can be performed on a standard business/tourist (B1/B2) visa.

– Chinese nationals comprise the largest group of foreign students in the United States.

– Mission China processed more than 316,000 student and exchange visitor visa applications in FY2014, a 12 percent increase over the previous fiscal year.

– Student visas issued to Chinese nationals accounted for 16 percent of all types of U.S. visas issued in China. Student and exchange visitor visas issued to Chinese applicants represent 30 percent of all such visas issued worldwide.

– Changes in visa validity will not affect visa eligibility criteria, and the basic visa processing fee remains unchanged at the current rate of 160 USD.

Report from Press Releases: November 2014, Bureau of Public Affairs. For further information, please visit http://beijing.usembassy-china.org.cn


Involvement Fair- Find Your Favorite Club at Shoreline

Involvement Fair: Winter 2014

The Involvement Fair happened Wednesday January 22nd. This is a large fair where clubs and organizations set up a booth in the Main Dining Room to provide information and promote. Students can come, learn about ways to get involved on campus and sign up to join. Over 15 different clubs and organizations participated in this event organized by the Arts & Entertainment Board.


Cassie Kwon-Student Engagement Manager


ISOP (International Student Orientation Program) is next Monday, December 30th! ISOP is a week-long orientation that is vital for student success, where students prepare to start classes by taking placement tests, meeting with advisors, registering for classes, meeting friends and more. For information about ISOP, visit the website.

Visit the #ISOPSCC Tagboard for live status updates on preparations for ISOP and during the actual event. You can interact and communicate with us by inserting the hashtag #ISOPSCC on your posts through twitter, Instagram, vine and other social media platforms.



Cassie Kwon

Student Engagement Manager