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Short Term Programs

Customized programs for international students, staff and faculty.

TCC's International Programs team welcomes groups of international students, staff and faculty from around the world for custom-built programs.

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A Trip to Tacoma

Improve your English skills during this exciting three week "trip to Tacoma", an online language course designed for students of all English levels to explore the sites of Tacoma, Washington while improving their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

In this class, students will…

  • Learn about the history of Tacoma, Washington and what makes the city what it is today
  • Get to know some of the interesting animals and movies that are from this city
  • Explore Tacoma’s parks, museums, and iconic symbols
  • Practice reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in English

A trip around Tacoma is taught by English professor, Emilie Coates-White. Professor Coates-White has been teaching English since 1993 and is the Director of Tacoma Community College's English for Academic Purposes program.

“I hope to be your teacher so you can learn about the culture in this part of the United States and improve your English language skills!” - Professor Emilie Coates-White

Join us from the comfort of your home for this affordable, engaging experience!


PROGRAM OPEN TO: Students must be age 16 to participate. 


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Program Examples

10-Day Business Tour

3-Week Multidisciplinary

3* Month Immersion

What's included?

  • Non-credit business course
  • Housing and meals with local family
  • Business-focused excursions
    • Examples include Starbucks, Boeing, Amazon, etc.
  • Transportation from/to SEA-TAC Airport

What's included?

  • Non-credit course(s) in disciplines requested
    • Examples include English, Communication, American Culture, Business, Physics and more
  • Housing and meals with local family
  • Group excursions
    • Examples include Museums, UW-Seattle, Hiking, Laser Tag and more
  • Transportation from/to SEA-TAC Airport

What's included?

  • Approximately 15 credits in student's discipline
  • Housing and meals with a local family
  • Events and activities organized by International Programs
  • Transportation from SEA-TAC Airport
  • International insurance

*Option to make the immersion 3, 6, or 9 months

Approximate Cost: $1,500+

Approximate Cost: $3,000+

Approximate Cost: $6,000+

Contact Short Term Programs

International Programs
Tacoma Community College
Building 11, 2nd Floor
6501 South 19th Street
Tacoma, WA 98466-6100
Phone/Fax: 253-566-5190