Programs


The University of Washington offers a wide variety of International & English Language Programs to meet the needs of students from all parts of the world. No matter what kind of language program you're looking for, we have one for you.

We feature programs and individual courses designed for different levels of English ability, and which range from those that last just a few weeks to offerings that extend a year or longer. We also have special programs oriented toward business, cultural awareness, teaching English as a foreign language, research, and professional and academic groups. See the category descriptions below to learn more about our offerings and click on the title to get details on individual programs.


Academic Preparation

These programs are designed to help international students improve their English and prepare for undergraduate and graduate study in the United States. Programs vary in length and English proficiency requirements, and include offerings during the summer, the regular school year and in the evenings.

Business Certificates

We offer a variety of certificate programs that allow students to work on their English ability while also learning valuable business skills and knowledge. These programs vary in length from one to three quarters and cover a variety of business topics.


Short Term English Programs

Our Short Term English Programs programs are designed for students who want to focus on their English speaking and listening skills. Course length varies from three weeks to a full quarter and there are both daytime and evening options. Some of the programs also offer fun activities outside the classroom that expose students to cultural aspects of American life and the beautiful Puget Sound region.

Research Programs

We feature two programs that allow foreign students to conduct research at the UW: the Visiting International Student Internship & Training (VISIT) Program and the Visiting International Student Engaged in Research (VISER) Program.


Study Abroad at the UW

Offered in conjunction with the UW's Jackson School of International Studies, the Global Connections Study Abroad Program allows foreign students to spend one, two or three quarters attending classes alongside other UW students.

Online Programs

Improve your English skills and learn from experienced University of Washington instructors from anywhere in the world with an engaging online program.


Test Preparation Courses

We offer separate evening preparation courses for two of the major English proficiency tests, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

Degree Programs

The Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS) is a graduate degree designed for mid-career professionals. Taught by faculty from the Jackson School of International Studies, the program allows you to earn a master's degree in just 10 months of study.


Customized Group Programs

Allow International & English Language Programs to design a special program specifically for your academic or professional group. Programs can range in length from one week to nine months or longer and can cover a wide variety of subjects.