International Education - Life in Washington

The Pierce College District is location in Pierce County, Washington, approximately 30 miles south of Seattle. There are two colleges in the district, both of with offer stunning views of Mount Rainier.

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom is located on 140 acres in the city of Lakewood, which is 10 miles southwest of Tacoma. The campus is adjacent to Fort Steilacoom Park, which boasts 342 acres on Waughhop Lake with walking and horse trails, play areas, and fields. The campus is just one mile from the waters of the Puget Sound, and snow-covered mountain ranges visible in both directions.

Pierce College Puyallup is located in the city of Puyallup, which is 10 miles southeast of Tacoma and home to the largest fair in the state. The Puyallup campus is on 85 wooded acres in the South Hill area of Puyallup. It is within walking distance of restaurants and shopping.

Washington is renowned for its mild climate. Temperatures range from 5-10 degrees Celsius in the winter to the low-20sC in the summer. Winter weather is generally rainy. Snow is rare, except in the mountains, where conditions are excellent for skiing and snowboarding. Summers are drier and quite sunny and mild. Popular summertime activities include hiking and kayaking.

The major cities of the Pacific Northwest region are Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore. By bus or car, Seattle is about an hour north of Pierce College. Portland is several hours south by bus, car, or train. Both cities offer rich cultures and many notable attractions, including museums, sporting events, and shopping.

The International Club plans many activities throughout the local area for international students.

Pierce County attractions

You need not travel far to find something fun to do in Pierce County. Here's a brief list of some of the most popular attractions:

General Inquiries

international@pierce.ctc.edu
Voice: 253-964-6229
Fax: 253-964-6256

Pierce College International Programs
9401 Farwest Drive S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
USA

Submission of Applications

internationalapp@
pierce.ctc.edu

Fax: 253-964-6256

Pierce College International Programs
9401 Farwest Drive S.W.
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
USA

Study-Abroad Opportunities

for American students
Mary Meulblok
Voice: 253-964-6725

The International Club

Jen Gruver
Voice: 253-964-6656

Housing and Homestay

homestay@pierce.ctc.edu