Quick Start Guide
If English is not your native language, Highline College can help you.
Highline is a public institution of higher education located 20 minutes south of Seattle in Des Moines, Wash. Since 1961, community members have counted on Highline to meet their educational needs close to home. We offer certificate programs, two-year degrees in a wide range of programs, and applied bachelor’s degrees in four high-demand fields.
We also offer many classes and programs to help people like you learn and improve their English language skills. Which class or program is right for you?
- Do you want to learn or improve your English? We offer English as a Second Language (ESL) classes.
- Are you a foreign student or guest? Learn about your options—including intensive English courses—through Kaplan International English.
- Are your English skills strong? You may be ready for college-level classes. We can assess your skills using the COMPASS placement test.
- Do you want to learn English while starting a business? Highline’s StartZone has free services for those who qualify.
If you have just moved to this area or have been here for many years, we hope you will come to Highline College. We want to help you. Learn more below about what we offer.
Classes are for immigrants, refugees, permanent residents and U.S. citizens who are at least 18 years old. Classes are held at Highline College and various off-campus sites in the morning, afternoon and evening. There is a $25 tuition fee each quarter. Tuition waivers are available.
New students will need to attend an orientation. At the orientation, you will complete a Highline application and take an English skills examination. You will also register for class. You are considered a new student if you are new to Washington state or if you have not taken a basic ESL class for six months or more.
If you have a temporary visa for studying, doing business or traveling in the U.S., you cannot attend these classes. See “Are you a foreign student or guest” below for details.
StartZone staff members are multicultural and multilingual and reflect the diversity of the community. More than two-thirds of StartZone clients are people of color or recent immigrants. StartZone can help you build a business that is profitable and well connected to the local economy.