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IP Short-Term Certificate

If you are interested in studying in the U.S. for three to 12 months without completing a degree or a Washington state-awarded certificate, consider enrolling in an IP Short-Term Certificate (IP-STC). IP-STCs offer maximum flexibility in choosing college classes and can satisfy a wide range of goals. Make this program your gap year or semester abroad experience, or take courses to transfer back to your home institution or to satisfy prerequisites for another university.

IP-STCs can be completed either online or in person. However, for students taking online classes remotely from outside the United States, class selection may be more limited.

Upon completion of an IP-STC of at least nine months, you may be able to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT). OPT allows students on an F-1 or M-1 visa the opportunity to pursue a paid internship or employment to gain practical, on-the-job experience relevant to their field of study. Students who enroll in the General Studies IP-STC are not eligible for OPT.

You may request a certificate of completion from International Programs after you have finished your IP-STC. Official transcripts will also document all classes taken at Seattle Colleges. Please note, however, that because IP-STCs are administered and awarded by International Programs, registration offices at Seattle Colleges do not include the certificate on transcripts.

Business in a Global Society

Learn about business practices, trends, and issues within an interdisciplinary, global context.

Sample Classes:
- Survey of Economics
- Diversity Issues in Business
- Internet Law

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Computer Science & Technology

Focus on how computing systems and information support research, communications, and business. Only offered at Seattle Central College.

Sample Classes:
- Information Systems Concepts
- Programming Concepts & Fundamentals
- Project Management

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Cultures & Communication

Learn about culture, communication, media, and society in local, national, and global contexts.

Sample Classes:
- Intercultural Communication
- Contemporary Issues in Anthropology
- Marketing Fundamentals

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General Studies

Design your own program for maximum flexibility and an opportunity to take classes from the widest variety of subjects.

Sample subjects include:
- Art
- Business
- Science

MBA Preparation

If you've completed a bachelor's degree in a non-business field, take the core business courses you need to meet MBA admission requirements.

Sample Classes:
- Principles of Accounting
- Macroeconomics
- Business Law

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Descriptions for all our IP Short-Term Certificate classes are available in our course catalog. Please note that some classes in the above lists have prerequisites. This means that prior to enrolling in those classes, you must have already completed the courses noted in the prerequisite section. Additionally, not all classes are available every quarter. To see classes offered in an upcoming or recent quarter, visit our quarterly class schedules: North | Central | South.