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.


To start your application process, please contact us and take the first step toward a bright future. Join other 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:

  • Fill out the Admission Application and the Financial Responsibility forms:
  • Request an application packet by emailing to receive digital copies of the documents, or request an application packet by phone at 253-589-5569.
  • Send the completed Admission Application and the Financial Responsibility forms, along with other required documents, by mail with your $70 non-refundable application fee, payable by personal check, money order (in U.S. dollars), or credit card.
  • 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 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.

Transfer of CPTC Credits

Credits earned at Clover Park Technical College may transfer to other public institutions. Please discuss your educational goals with the Outreach & Entry Services staff. 

Cost of Tuition & Fees

International students pay non-resident tuition. Visit for this year's rates.

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 $70.

Books and supplies vary by program.

Housing Services

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 2.5mi/4km 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.

For more information on the residence hall living or the residence hall application process, please contact CPTC Outreach & Entry Services Office at

All eligible CPTC students can get a FREE bus pass from CPTC Department of Student Life.

For Additional Information for International Students

Contact the Outreach & Entry Services Office at +1 253-589-5569 


Mail: Clover Park Technical College

Outreach & Entry Services Office

4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW

Lakewood, WA 98499-4004