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USA Community Colleges:

Study at Peninsula College

Peninsula College is a public, all-encompassing community college. One of the 34 community and technical colleges in the state of Washington, it was founded in 1961. Peninsula College is located two hours from Seattle and 40 minutes from Victoria, British Columbia.

The distinctive environment at Peninsula College pushes students to consider new options. The college has superb teachers, small courses, and a focus on innovation and students. Their educational facilities include classrooms with cutting-edge teaching tools and beautiful architecture. They provide opportunities for learning abroad and take an active part in their community. Additionally, they provide a wide range of extracurricular opportunities, including championship athletic teams, student organisations and activities, and a calendar full of cultural and fine arts events.


The first two years of the student's bachelor's degree (also known as Associate Degree) are completed at Peninsula College through the 2+2 programme, and the remaining years are completed at the student's choice of US universities. Students will create a unique transfer plan with their academic advisor that includes general education courses and prerequisites for their degree.


Many Peninsula College graduates have been admitted to their top choices of university including:

  • Arizona State University

  • California State University

  • Cornell University

  • George Washington University

  • Indiana University

  • New York University

  • Purdue University

  • Seattle University

  • UCLA

  • UC Berkeley

  • University of Florida

  • University of Kentucky

  • University of Massachusetts

  • University of Oregon

  • University of Washington

  • Washington State University


Optional Practical Training (OPT) is a benefit given to a F-1 students who are completing a Bachelor's or graduate degree in the United States.

  • 12 months of paid work after you graduate

  • 12 + 24 months paid for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) graduates


Peninsula College offers international students two options for housing; Homestay and Off-Campus Apartments. Our helpful staff will assist you with both options and take care to help you select the best option for your lifestyle.

#1 Homestay

Their homestay coordinators will carefully select warm and welcoming homestays to satisfy students' desire to learn English, introduce them to the beauty of the Olympic Peninsula, allows opportunities to participate in household activities, and help the students to learn life skills to become more independent.

A full homestay includes:

  • Three meals daily – access to the kitchen and food made available for breakfast and lunch, dinner prepared by the homestay hosts on most nights (at least 5 nights a week)

  • A clean, private room with a desk, a lamp, and a bed

  • Laundry facilities

  • Access to transportation to the college

  • Access to the Internet

  • A supportive living environment for English language learning

  • Invitations to be included in family activities.

#2 Off-Campus Apartments

Peninsula College refers students who wish to live off-campus to a local apartment management source. Students can choose apartments with one or more bedrooms. Meals are not provided with the off-campus apartment option. Most apartments are located within a short distance from Peninsula College and are accessible by bus.


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