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, then send payment to Heather F. Lukashin as indicated on the form.


3 Things You Can Do with Your Email

3 Things You Can Do With Your 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 and it comes with all functions of Google apps such as Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Photos and etc. With your 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


       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 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


  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



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


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

International Transfer Fair

    Shoreline just hosted our International Transfer Fair Fall Session on Monday, October 28th in the PUB Building. We had about 100 four-year colleges and universities from all over the U.S., including State University Of New York, Purdue university, Arizona State University, and of course, University of Washington. Check out more participating schools on this list:School List.

    Almost 300 international students attended this fair. Representatives from each college and university communicated with Shoreline students about transfer opportunities, scholarship programs, and career paths. One student from Indonesia told us, The international transfer fair was very helpful and I got many of my transfer questions answered.” Other students said that they really appreciate this opportunity and plan to attend the Winter Session on February 3rd, 2014. We look forward to seeing you there!

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VISA Information & Tips

Congratulations on being accepted to Shoreline Community College! NOW you will need to receive an F-1 (Student) Visa to come to the U.S.

Try to apply for a visa EARLY! 

We recommend that you go to your local US consulate or embassy’s website for specific requirements and procedures for visa applications at that consulate. You can find a list of US consulates and embassies worldwide at:

In general, these are the documents needed to apply for a Student Visa:

  • Your I-20 document (which we send to you in your welcome packet)
  • Visa application forms (You can also find general visa forms at the Dept. of State website, or go to the website of your local US consulate.)
  • A passport which is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended stay in the U.S.
  • One 2×2 photograph. See the required photo format explained in nonimmigrant photograph requirements ;
  • A MRV fee receipt to show payment of the visa application fee.
  • The SEVIS I-901 fee receipt.

You should also be prepared to provide:

  • Transcripts and diplomas from previous institutions attended;
  • (Optional) TOEFL and IELTS scores (if you have taken one of these English tests)
  • Financial evidence that shows you or your parents who are sponsoring you have sufficient funds to cover your tuition and living expenses during the period of your intended study. For example, if you or your sponsor is a salaried employee, please bring income tax documents and original bank books and/or statements. If you or your sponsor own a business, please bring business registration, licenses, etc., and tax documents, as well as original bank books and/or statements.

In order to prepare for your interview, here are some important things that the consular official will be looking for:(Information provided by NAFSA: Association of International Educators)

1. TIES TO YOUR HOME COUNTRY. Under U.S. law, all applicants for nonimmigrant visas, such as student visas, are viewed as intending immigrants until they can convince the consular officer that they are not. You must therefore be able to show that you have reasons for returning to your home country that are stronger than those for remaining in the United States. “Ties” to your home country are the things that bind you to your home town, homeland, or current place of residence: job, family, financial prospects that you own or will inherit, investments, etc. If you are a prospective undergraduate, the interviewing officer may ask about your specific intentions or promise of future employment, family or other relationships, educational objectives, grades, long-range plans and career prospects in your home country. Each person’s situation is different, of course, and there is no magic explanation or single document, certificate, or letter, which can guarantee visa issuance.

2. ENGLISH. Anticipate that the interview will be conducted in English and not in your native language. One suggestion is to practice English conversation with a native speaker before the interview, but do NOT prepare speeches! If you are coming to the United States solely to study intensive English, be prepared to explain how English will be useful for you in your home country.

3. SPEAK FOR YOURSELF. Do not bring parents or family members with you to the interview. The consular officer wants to interview you, not your family. A negative impression is created if you are not prepared to speak on your own behalf.

4. KNOW THE PROGRAM AND HOW IT FITS YOUR CAREER PLANS. If you are not able to articulate the reasons you will study in a particular program in the United States, you may not succeed in convincing the consular officer that you are indeed planning to study, rather than to immigrate. If you plan on doing a Bachelor’s degree in the U.S., you can tell the consular official that many Shoreline Community College students have been successful in transferring to four-year universities after completing their Associate’s degree at Shoreline. Studying at Shoreline for your first two years provides you many advantages, including smaller classes and more individualized attention from instructors, supportive environment for international students, and more affordable tuition

5. BE BRIEF. Because of the volume of applications received, all consular officers are under considerable time pressure to conduct a quick and efficient interview. They must make a decision, for the most part, on the impressions they form during the first minute of the interview. Consequently, what you say first and the initial impression you create are critical to your success. Keep your answers to the officer’s questions short and to the point.

6. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION. It should be immediately clear to the consular officer what written documents you are presenting and what they signify. Lengthy written explanations cannot be quickly read or evaluated. Remember that you will have 2-3 minutes of interview time, if you’re lucky.

7. NOT ALL COUNTRIES ARE EQUAL. Applicants from countries suffering economic problems or from countries where many students have remained in the US as immigrants will have more difficulty getting visas. Statistically, applicants from those countries are more likely to be intending immigrants. They are also more likely to be asked about job opportunities at home after their study in the U.S.

8. EMPLOYMENT. Your main purpose in coming to the United States should be to study, not for the chance to work before or after graduation. While many students do work on and off-campus during their studies, such employment is incidental to their main purpose of completing their U.S. education. You must be able to clearly articulate your plan to return home at the end of your program.

9. MAINTAIN A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. Do not engage the consular officer in an argument. If you are denied a student visa, ask the officer for a list of documents he or she would suggest you bring in order to overcome the refusal, and try to get the reason you were denied in writing.