The Directive Regarding International Students and Online Study

We are relieved that a directive barring international college students from the U.S. if their colleges offered classes entirely online in the fall semester has been rescinded. We are hopeful that our legal efforts with the state attorney, correspondence with Washington state’s congressional delegation, and the chancellor’s declaration to the U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, shows our opposition to such laws and directives.

Seattle Colleges is committed to the health, safety, and academic needs of all students, domestic and international, during this global pandemic. We value and care deeply about our international scholars; their safety and academic pursuits is a top priority. To that end, we will continue our work to give them the opportunity and flexibility to live and study in a mode and location that best support their learning needs.

Our international students have all made great sacrifice in coming to Seattle Colleges to pursue their academic goals. Our Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, and administrators are committed to providing our international students with a quality learning experience. We encourage students who are experiencing emotional difficulties to contact their college’s Office of International Education for support:

Central: Telephone: 206.934.3893

North: Telephone: 206.934.3672

South: Telephone: 206.934.5360


Shouan Pan
Chancellor, Seattle Colleges
Sheila Edwards Lange
President, Seattle Central College

Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap
President, South Seattle College

Chemene Crawford
Interim President, North Seattle College

July 20, 2020