IELP students

UW International & English
Language Programs

The University of Washington features one of the largest, most established international and English language programs in the United States. We offer a wide variety of programs for both undergraduate and graduate students to help you improve your English language skills, prepare for further study in the United States and learn about American culture, business and other subjects.

Join us on the vibrant UW campus, where you'll meet Americans and study with other students from around the world at a top-ranked university. Enroll in a program that lasts for just a few weeks or take one that extends for several quarters or a whole academic year.

Experience an Exciting
City and Region

We are located in the heart of Seattle, a large city with small-town friendliness and a mild climate. Seattle offers the best of the city and the country: numerous cultural attractions, a dynamic business community, and a scenic landscape that includes plentiful water, mountains and parks right in the city or close by.

There's no end of interesting things to see and do here. In the same day, you can visit world-class museums, attend a major sporting event, go on a nature hike or boat excursion and see a concert or national entertainer.

Study at One of the
World's Top Universities

The University of Washington is consistently ranked as one of the outstanding universities in the United States and around the world. The UW is listed 16th among American public universities in the U.S. News & World Report 2015 rankings. The Center for World-Class Universities at China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University rated the UW 15th in the world in its 2015 survey, the fourth-highest ranking among public universities in the United States.

All of our IELP courses are taught by highly trained instructors, many of them with advanced degrees in teaching English. Some of our programs include instruction by acclaimed UW faculty and by experts from business and industry. You'll also benefit from our friendly, experienced staff and advisors.

We invite you to explore our program offerings and learn more about how to apply.



Our program representatives are traveling the world to meet with interested students in the upcoming months. Take a look at our travel schedule to see if we will be visiting your area.


Experience life as a student at a highly ranked American university and take classes alongside degree-seeking students at the University of Washington with the Global Connections Study Abroad Program.


Learn how you can apply for conditional admission to UW Bothell, UW Tacoma, Central Washington University or Washington State University through the Intensive English Program.


F-2 dependent visa holders are now able to study part-time – no more than 18 hours per week – in several IELP programs, including the Intensive English Program. For more information or to learn how to apply, please email an advisor.