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Welcome to Whatcom Community College
Whatcom Community College is a public, two-year college accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, with programs of study that are approved by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Whatcom offers associate degrees in university transfer, general studies, and professional technical programs, as well as certificate programs in professional technical areas. Whatcom also provides English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to prepare students for college level coursework.
Whatcom offers one of the newest community college campuses in the U.S., including twelve buildings with modern facilities to meet students’ needs.
Location : Bellingham
Bellingham is a college town with more than 20,000 college students at Whatcom Community College, Western Washington University and Bellingham Technical College. The town offers an enviable quality of life and a wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities including skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, kayaking, and an active arts community. Bellingham has a low crime rate, and is well-known for being a safe and welcoming community.
Whatcom’s most popular program is the university transfer program. The Associate in Arts and Sciences degree is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year university to complete their bachelor’s degree. Whatcom’s International Programs staff are experts in advising students on transfer to top universities throughout the U.S.
International High School Completion Program
The International High School Completion (IHSC) Program allows international students who are motivated and mature to enrol at Whatcom Community College and earn both a Washington State high school diploma and associate’s (university transfer) degree at the same time. Students can complete both the diploma and the degree in approximately two years (depending on English proficiency) and save time and money by completing two programs at once.
• Students must be at least 16 years old upon start of studies
• Students must have completed at least 10th grade (or equivalent )
• Students must demonstrate high academic achievement in home country
Professional Technical Programs
Whatcom offers a variety of professional and technical degrees and certificates that provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in their area of study upon completion of their program. Professional and technical programs range in length from one to two years, and can be completed alone as a single program, or in combination with other degrees and certificates.
College introduced me to the U.S. education system. Their professional and friendly instructors and staff supported my success and made my transition to a 4 year university smooth.”
Lovissa Winyoto, Indonesia
Georgia Institute of Technology
“At Whatcom I never had an instructor that said “No” when I asked for help. The International Programs staff is the best you could ever ask for. They provide support to international students throughout their studies at WCC.”
Poowadol Napaeng, Thailand
California State University Los Angeles
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Hospitality & Tourism
Whatcom offers degree and certificate programs in the following areas:
Computer Information Systems
Early Childhood Education
Hospitality & Tourism Business
Management Massage Practitioner
Physical Therapist Assistant
Visual Communications (Graphic Design) and more ...
“There are not a lot of international students so you can connect with Americans. I would recommend living with a host family so you can learn and experience American culture”
Xiaofan Yang (Christina), China
University of Washington