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.
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.
The University of Washington is consistently ranked as one of the outstanding universities in the United States and around the world. The UW was ranked 16th among American public universities in 2013 by U.S. News & World Report. The Center for World-Class Universities at China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University rated the UW 16th in the world in its 2013 survey, the fourth-highest ranking among American public universities.
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.
Effective autumn quarter 2014, international students studying at the UW on F-1 or J-1 visas will be required to purchase the UW international student health insurance plan (ISHIP) policy. Learn more about the benefits of ISHIP and waiver eligibility.
Check out our Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS), a new joint degree offering with the Jackson School of International Studies.
Learn how you can apply for conditional admission to UW Bothell, UW Tacoma, Central Washington University or Washington State University through the Campus Intensive English Program.
Learn about American business practices and cultural expectations with the Business Short Term English Program (STEP).
Download our annual IELP catalog (PDF).