Whatcom Community College

Key majors offered
Accounting And Information Systems
Actuarial Science
Aerospace Engineering / Technology
Arts And Sciences (Dta)
Banking And Finance
Business Administration
Business Information Systems
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer / Information Sciences
Early Childhood Education
Earth Science
Environmental Studies
Graphic Design
Hospitality Management
Inorganic Chemistry
International Business
Manufacturing Engineering
Mathematics / Computer Science
Organic Chemistry
Veterinary Studies (Pre)
Housing Location Type Offers Scholarships Student Population Offers CLA
Available for Undergraduate Urban Yes 6000 (Total) Yes
Degrees Offered Public/Private Institution Type Student Body Student Population
Associate, Career/Undergraduate Certificate Public Associate College Co-educational 275 (International)

Yearly Costs / ELS Level

Living Expenses
Degree Tuition Fees Housing ** Meals OtherExpenses I 20/Visa* (Total Required Funds) ELS
Associate $$ $$ $ $$$ 109
Career/Undergraduate Certificate $$ $$ $ $$$ 109
 I-20/Visa costs include Tuition, Housing, Meals and all other fees in USD
Housing cost may include meals and other expenses to equal Living Expenses


Whatcom's campus is located in Bellingham, Washington. Bellingham (population 89,000) is a student-friendly town and rated one of the top cities for the outside adventurer. Positioned between the San Juan Islands and Cascade Mountains and the cities of Seattle and Vancouver, Bellingham is situated in Whatcom County (population 200,000), an area of small towns and scenic nature. Bellingham offers an enviable quality of life and a wide variety of cultural and recreational opportunities including skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, kayaking, and an active arts community. The average low temperature in winter is 36°F/ 2°C and in summer the average high temperature is 74°F / 23°C. *American "Small City" Living: All of the conveniences of city life, but in a friendly, clean, and affordable community. International students enjoy a true American experience in a "small city" environment. * Safe: A low crime rate, and well known for being a safe and welcoming community. * College Town: With more than 20,000 college students at Whatcom Community College, Western Washington University, Bellingham Technical College - Bellingham is well-educated and student-friendly.


  • Housing options include:
  • 226 bed on-campus residence hall (opened 2020)
  • Homestay program (operated by Whatcom International Programs)

Student life

  • The International Programs office provides a warm and welcoming environment for all international students to access the support that they need in achieving their academic goals. From arrival to graduation, international students receive the one-on-one support that they need to be successful in their studies. The International Programs staff are friendly, professional, and work hard to create a family-like atmosphere for all international students.
  • Admission and visa process advising
  • Airport pick-up service
  • Academic, personal, and immigration advising
  • On-campus housing
  • College-leased apartments
  • Orientation and transition advising
  • Homestay Program
  • Housing advising and coordination
  • Peer Mentor program
  • University transfer advising
  • Free tutoring services
  • Internship opportunities
  • And more