International Student Admission & Application Requirements

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Laurie Arnold
International Student Advisor
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internationalstudent@bates.ctc.edu

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We are delighted that you are interested in studying at Bates Technical College and invite you to discover what Bates can offer in terms of academic, technical, and cultural programs and give you a taste of life on campus!

Whether you want to study English, earn a degree or certificate, or continue your education at a four-year college or university after attending Bates, we can help you attain your educational goals. You can explore all of our programs here.

Bates Technical College is an accredited two-year public college located in the city of Tacoma, Washington, the third largest city in the state. Read more about our beautiful city here.

Why choose Bates Technical College?

  • An environment that values international students. Bates is authorized under Federal  law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. The college has a dedicated International Student Advisor who can assist you with choosing the right program, plan your arrival in the States, and more.
  • Affordability. Our career education program tuition and fees are low, and students enjoy affordable living expenses.
  • Small class sizes and hands-on learning. Small class sizes make it easier for students to learn and gain valuable one-on-one attention from instructors who are industry experts in their field. To help facilitate learning, students are taught in an interactive, hands-on classroom or laboratory setting.
  • Program variety, including ESL. We offer nearly 50 career education degree or certificate programs in a variety of areas. In fall 2012, ELS Language Centers opened a center at our Downtown Campus.

Note: We are an approved college for Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission scholarship recipients.

Estimated Cost of Attendance

There is a non-refundable application fee of $50 USD. Your acceptance materials, including your I-20, cannot be processed until this fee has been paid. Additionally, all students must take a COMPASS placement exam when they arrive on campus, which costs $19 USD. 


View current international tuition rates.

Rates listed above are estimates only and are based on the average number of credits for a particular program. Tuition varies by program, but averages around $4,325 USD per quarter. Your I-20 will show a minimum of $25,500 USD (based on tuition/fees, books and living expenses for a four-quarter academic year). We can help you estimate costs for your specific program.

Students must pay full tuition and fees every quarter at the time of registration. Student who do not pay tuition by the registration deadline run the risk of having their record cancelled in SEVIS and therefore being out of status. Please review this document for information about payment and bank wire transfer information.