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Study at Whatcom Community College

Whatcom Community College is a public, two-year college accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and 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.

Campus Population

An average of 7,000 students study at Whatcom each quarter, including more than 300 international students from over 30 countries.



The Campus

Whatcom offers one of the newest community college campuses in the U.S., including twelve buildings with modern facilities to meet students’ needs.

  • student center

  • library

  • free tutoring center

  • cafeteria

  • free wireless internet access

  • gym and a state-of-the-art

  • artificial turf soccer field

  • art studio

  • performance theater

  • computerized language learning

  • laboratory

  • bookstore



Bellingham: A Great Place to Live & Study

Whatcom is located in Bellingham, Washington (population 80,000)—a student friendly town that is rated one of the top cities for the outside adventurer. Positioned between the San Juan Islands and Cascade Mountains, and the cities of Seattle and Vancouver, Bellingham is situated in Whatcom County (population 190,000), an area of small towns and scenic nature. Bellingham 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.


#1 2+2 University Transfer Programme

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.


  • Accounting

  • Architecture

  • Art

  • Biology

  • Business

  • Chemistry

  • Communications

  • Computer Science

  • Economics

  • Engineering

  • Finance

  • Hospitality & Tourism

  • Mathematics

  • Natural Sciences

  • Physics

  • Psychology

#2 International High School Completion Program (IHSC)

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.

Admissions requirements:


  • 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

#3 Professional Technical Programmes

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.


“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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“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

“Whatcom Community 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

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