International Students

We welcome international students from around the world to Clover Park Technical College. We provide personalized assistance to our international students every step of the way, from entry to graduation. We also offer airport pickup, free internet access, and free tutoring.


To start your application process, please contact us and take the first step toward a bright future. Join other domestic and international students who have discovered the outstanding programs at Clover Park Technical College.

You can become an international student at Clover Park Technical College by following these easy steps:

  1. Fill out the Admission Application and the Financial Responsibility forms:
    1. Available online at, or
    2. Request an application packet by email at We will send you digital copies of the documents, or
    3. Request an application packet by phone at 253-589-6089.
  2. Send the completed Admission Application and the Financial Responsibility forms, along with other required documents, by mail with your $50 non-refundable application fee, payable by personal check, money order (in U.S. dollars), or credit card.
  3. Attach a passport-size color photo to the top right corner of the application.

English Proficiency Requirements

No TOEFL or IELTS is required for entry if students study and successfully complete the highest level of Intensive English program at CPTC or at another accredited college/language school.

If students wish to enter directly into one of our professional technical programs without completing the Intensive English program, we accept the following English proficiency test scores:

  • TOEFL: A minimum of iBT 61/CBT 173/PBT 500.
  • IELTS Academic: A minimum of 5.5 overall band score with no component band score lower than 5.0 (Note: The IELTS component band score requirement may be waived with advisor permission only. Contact the International Education Programs for more information)

We may consider other proof of English proficiency. Please contact us for more information.

Once we receive the above items and you meet all the entry criteria, we will mail Form I-20 to you. Take the Form I-20 with you to the U.S. Consulate in your country and apply for a student visa. If you have questions about the application process, please contact our office at or 253-589-6089.

English Language Training at CPTC

CPTC offers a high quality Intensive English program for international students who need to develop their English skills to a college level for academic study, or who simply want to learn more English. A small class size allows instructors to provide you personalized attention and support. The Intensive English program will prepare you for academic study at CPTC as well as for a real life in the United States. Our highly qualified instructors have many years of experiences in teaching English to second language learners.

No TOEFL or IELTS Required for Admission

If you apply for the Intensive English program, no TOEFL or IELTS score is required for admission. Successful completion of Level 4 provides a pathway into one of the many professional technical programs offered at CPTC. Some programs may have additional admission requirements. Please contact the International Education Programs at for more information.

There are four levels in the program and you will develop all four English skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking. All levels are 16 credits and 20 - 22 hours a week depending on a quarter.


Level 1: Beginner

Level 2: Lower Intermediate

IEN 020: English Fundamentals I (2 credits)

IEN 045: Reading & Writing I (7 credits)

IEN 047: Listening & Speaking I (7 credits)

IEN 021: English Fundamentals II (2 credits)

IEN 065: Reading & Writing II (7 credits)

IEN 067: Listening & Speaking II (7 credits)

Level 3: Upper Intermediate

Level 4: Advanced

IEN 023: English Fundamentals III (2 credits)

IEN 085: Reading & Writing III (7 credits)

IEN 087: Listening & Speaking III (7 credits)

IEN 025: English Fundamentals IV (2 credits)

IEN 095: Reading & Writing IV (7 credits)

IEN 097: Listening & Speaking IV (7 credits)

Transfer of CPTC Credits

Credits earned at Clover Park Technical College may transfer to other two-year colleges and to some four-year colleges and universities. Please discuss your educational goals with the International Education Programs Office staff.

Dates to Remember

  • Fall Quarter begins September 23, 2019
  • Winter Quarter begins January 2, 2020
  • Spring Quarter begins April 1, 2020
  • Summer Quarter begins July 1, 2020
  • Graduation is June 18, 2020

Please note that some programs have fall and/or spring start dates only.

Cost of Tuition & Fees

International students pay non-resident tuition. Visit for 2019-20 rates.

  • International Student Health Insurance is $349.26 per quarter (3 months) — subject to change.
  • Some programs require additional quarterly fee(s). Please visit for more information.
  • Additional fees may be charged for a specific class and are listed at the end of the course descriptions in the Quarterly Class Schedule.

Tuition and fees may change based on State of Washington legislative guidelines.

  • Housing and other college fees are not inclusive.
  • Non-refundable CPTC international admission application fee is $50.
  • Books and supplies vary by program.

Housing Services

There are three housing options for international students:

  1. Homestay (recommended for all new students)

    Living with an American host family provides you many benefits including learning English quicker. Your host family will provide you a safe living environment and a home away from home, and help you get a smooth transition to the American way of life. They also help you with various basic needs, such as opening a bank account, obtaining a WA driver’s license or WA identification card, teaching you how to ride a bus, etc. Experience American cultures, traditions and holiday celebrations with your host family.

    There is a homestay application fee of $275.00, which is non-refundable except in the case of visa denial.

    Standard Full Homestay

    The standard full homestay option comes with a fully furnished private room, free Wi-Fi, and two meals per day. The standard full homestay fee is $650 a month.

    Partial Homestay

    The partial homestay option comes with a fully furnish private room, free Wi-Fi, but no meal. The partial homestay fee is $500 a month.

    Contact the International Office staff when you wish to apply for homestay.


  2. Residence Hall Living

    Clover Park Technical College partners with the Pierce College Center for Global Scholars (CGS) Residence Hall and CPTC international students are eligible to apply. The CGS Residence Hall is located 2.5 miles from CPTC Lakewood Campus. Both CPTC Lakewood Campus and CGS Residence Hall are conveniently located next to the bus stop for easy bus access and commute.  All eligible CPTC students can get a FREE bus pass from CPTC Department of Student Life. 

    Room Type & Price for 2019-2020. You may choose from four room options:


    Room Type

    # of Roommate

    Cost (Fall, Winter & Spring)

    Cost (Summer)

    Cost of One Year (4 quarters)

    Double Room


    $2,100 per quarter



    Triple Room


    $1,700 per quarter



    Quad Room


    $1,500 per quarter



    Single Room


    $2,600 per quarter



    To apply for the residence hall, a $300 non-refundable application fee is required

    For more information on the residence hall living or the residence hall application process, please contact CPTC International Education Programs at


  3. Independent living in apartments near the college (NOT recommended for newly arrived students)

    The average monthly rent ranges from $750 to $1, 500, depending on number of bedrooms, size, location, and amenities.

    Additionally, students pay for their own food and utilities. Assistance is available for students who pay the International Housing Application Fee (currently $150, non-refundable, subject to change). Housing and other college fees are not inclusive. Costs are subject to change based on the local housing market.


For Additional Information for International Students

Contact the International Education Programs Office at:

Tel: 253-589-6089

Fax: 253-589-6056


Mail: Clover Park Technical College

International Education Program

4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW

Lakewood, WA 98499-4004