International Students

Students from around the world are attending Big Bend Community College because of our high-quality programs, small and safe campus, and our great community.

Find your home away from home at BBCC!

Where is Big Bend Community College?


Big Bend Community College (BBCC) is located in Moses Lake, Washington, near the center of the state. Moses Lake has a population of 25,500 and is three hours east of Seattle in the Pacific Northwest.

The community enjoys nearly 300 days of sunshine per year. The good weather, combined with the college’s location adjacent to the Grant County International Airport, makes BBCC a prime training location for commercial pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians.  Students can literally walk from the dormitories to the flight line!

The city gets its name from the lake it surrounds, Moses Lake, one of the state’s largest freshwater lakes. This lake and others in the surrounding area provide several months of swimming, boating, bird watching and other outdoor recreational opportunities for residents and tourists. 

Reasons to choose Big Bend.

1. Affordable education

Low-cost tuition

Affordable residence halls

2. Quality education

Small classes

Individualized student attention

Transfer opportunities to excellent U.S. universities

Newest library in the state’s community college system

3. Student life

Diverse recreational activities in the area

Organized student activities

Athletic programs

What programs and degrees can I pursue at BBCC?

Big Bend Community College offers affordable education to 3,200 students each year. Big Bend offers small classes where students can get to know each other and their instructors. International students can pursue an associate-level degree in one of several workforce education or academic transfer programs. 

International Student approved programs

Transfer Degree Programs

For those planning to transfer to a 4-year university

Special Admissions Degree Programs

These programs have additional admissions requirements. Please contact us for additional information about the application requirements.

Did you know:

BBCC was founded in 1962 and is one of Washington’s 34 community and technical colleges. We offer over 60 different degrees and certificates, with an average class of 17 students!

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How do I apply as an International Student? (Requirements, documents, deadlines)

Helping you achieve your educational goals is important to us at Big Bend Community College. The admissions requirements listed on our General Information webpage are intended to ensure you are prepared for success from your first day of classes! Use the button below to get started.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Where will I stay while I'm at BBCC?

Big Bend Community College Residence Halls provide students with an affordable, full college experience. International students are expected to live on campus for at least their first quarter.

Big Bend has two residence halls- Viking Hall and Phillips Hall. Each hall has free laundry facilities, high-speed internet, cooking facilities, and lounges with televisions. Viking Hall also has a game room with pool tables and ping pong. 

Each room is approximately 12′ x 17′, furnished with two twin extra-long beds, desks, chairs and individual lockers. Each room also has air conditioning. All rooms are set up to be doubles. We offer single rooms on a case-by-case basis, with priority going to returning students. 

bbcc residence halls

Please complete and submit the application and contract form found on the Residence Halls webpage. A $300 deposit is required when submitting your residence hall application.

If you have a different living situation planned, please contact our International Student Admissions office to request a waiver of the on-campus housing requirement.

What resources are available for me as a student?

Big Bend has a variety of academic and student support services and resources you can take advantage of during your time here. From advising, career services, tutoring and everything in between.

Visit our One Stop Services webpage for a full list of contact information and hours of operation for all the services we offer!

What are the costs?

Tuition is charged at the time of enrollment and is calculated according to the number of credits enrolled (minimum 12 credits per quarter). Additional fees based on number of credits, types of classes, and other factors will be charged at enrollment. See the Tuition and Fees table for further information on the estimated costs of attendance.

After I'm admitted, how do I get my F-1 Visa

After receiving and reviewing all required application materials, Big Bend Community College will issue an I-20 form and will send this form to the student with a letter of admission.

When you receive your I-20, you must apply for your student F-1 visa at the United States Embassy or Consulate closest to your home. Your passport, bank statement, any sponsorship papers and proof of payment of the SEVIS fee (I-901) of $350.00 will be required.

Please visit the following website for more information regarding the SEVIS fee:

International students must maintain full-time enrollment, remain in good academic standing, and have a clear student conduct record while at BBCC. Failure to maintain these requirements could result in your visa being revoked.

The U.S. government site: “Study in the States” has important information for international students regarding the F-1 visa process.

How will I know what classes to take?

We know you have questions – your academic advisor is here to support you in finding answers! Academic advisors help you understand degree requirements, select classes, and develop a balanced schedule as you work toward the completion of your educational plans. The international student advisor has knowledge of enrollment rules for F-1 visa holders as well as an understanding of academic requirements. The advisor will also assist you in accessing other departments and resources on campus that could best serve you in successfully reaching your educational and career goals.

You will meet in person one-on-one with the international student academic advisor when you arrive at BBCC or the two of you may choose to meet over Zoom before you travel to the U.S. The advisor will arrange your placement testing for mathematics and English prior to your first enrollment and will assist you with the enrollment process throughout your stay at Big Bend Community College

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