Student Testimonials


Every student who comes to the University of Washington to study in our International & English Language Programs has a different experience, but all make lasting memories. Here, a few of our former students share about their time in Seattle.

  • Turki Aljumah

    Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

    Intensive English Program (IEP)

    Favorite memory of studying at the UW:
    My trip to Mount Rainier and dinner at the Space Needle

    "I'm very lucky to have chosen the IELP program at the University of Washington for I have gained a lot. I have improved my speaking, writing and reading skills already. In addition to the skills I have learned, I appreciate the IELP because of the flexibility of the schedule; my teachers are very helpful and understanding. The UW has also delighted me since I started this program. It is so impressive with its architecturally designed buildings, and the tall trees give shade when we stroll around the magnificent campus. I'm really enjoying my studies at this famous university."

  • Vardan Hovhannisyan

    Yerevan, Armenia

    Intensive English Program (IEP)

    Favorite memory of studying at the UW:
    Visiting Snoqualmie Falls

    "In the IELP program I appreciate most the informal atmosphere that encourages the students to have better achievements. Throughout my four quarters of studies, I felt that same friendly, informal atmosphere – as if the students and the teachers have been equal parts of the process of education in which each side performs its own role and takes its own responsibility."

  • Setsuko Ishibashi

    Fukuoka, Japan

    Favorite memory of studying at the UW:
    Having Independence Day in Seattle and seeing fireworks

    "In the academic course, I had some excellent teachers. Sometimes I lost my confidence. However, my teachers always encouraged me and inspired me to study. I learned a lot in those academic courses, especially skills such as academic writing, presentation, note-taking and academic listening. I am planning to go to graduate school in the U.S., so the study materials that my teachers handed out will be very useful to me."

  • Sonia Rodriguez-Vasquez

    Lima, Peru

    Intensive English Program (IEP)

    Favorite memory of studying at the UW:
    A road trip from Seattle to Atlanta

    "I really liked the course Applied Academic Skills with lectures because it was quite intensive. In my opinion, it was like testing yourself to know if you are ready to take a regular class. The instructor that I had was good and helped us to understand and follow the lectures. I liked being involved in the university environment. That way, I got to learn what university life is like in the U.S."

  • Miki Shimamura

    Nara, Japan

    Favorite memory of studying at the UW:
    Going to cafes

    "I had a wonderful time because I had many good friends from many countries here. I was able to learn about each of their countries, their culture and their thinking. They always study hard for their purpose and dream, so they made me enthusiastic about school, too. I met nice teachers. They always taught us politely and well. I had four classes each day, and every class was helpful for me. I want to say, 'Thank you, I appreciate your help.'"