Intensive English Program (IEP)

The UW Intensive English Program (IEP) has multiple levels of instruction to serve students who range from beginning to advanced English proficiency. Depending on the track you select, you will take a combination of core courses covering listening, speaking, reading and writing, along with elective courses on different topics.

The IEP offers three different tracks. Click on the links below to get more information about each track.


Before classes begin, students will take a placement test to evaluate their English reading, writing and listening skills. The test will determine your level in each area. You will choose or be assigned to classes based on your test results. You may be higher in one skill area than another.

Students who have a TOEFL iBT of 84-91 or IELTS of 6.5 may be eligible for the accelerated University Track. Contact us if you meet these requirements and are interested in learning more.

Students interested in the Business English Track who meet certain English proficiency requirements may also apply directly to the Intensive Business English Program (IBEP). See the IBEP How to Apply page for more details.


IEP classes are held in several locations.

Level 1 courses for all tracks meet at UW's downtown Seattle location, located in the Puget Sound Plaza Building, 1325 4th Ave., Suite 400 (map). Located in the busy heart of Seattle, not far from the waterfront, the UW’s downtown location offers the best of our city’s culture and events, food and drink, and business community. The downtown location is easily accessed by the bus and light rail.

Take a video tour of our downtown location.

Other University Track classes typically meet on the University of Washington campus in Seattle or in the nearby 45th Street Plaza building (map).

Classes for the Business English and Communication & Culture tracks are held either on the main campus, the 45th Street Plaza building or the UW downtown Seattle location, depending on the level.

Be sure to check your schedule to determine the exact location of your classes.

Refund Policy

All application, registration and deposit fees are nonrefundable. Our tuition refund policy is as follows:

  • 100 percent tuition refund if you withdraw by 5 p.m. of the fifth business day of the program
  • 50 percent tuition refund if you withdraw by 5 p.m. of the 10th business day of the program
  • No tuition refund if you withdraw after 5 p.m. of the 10th business day of the program

Costs per Quarter

Tuition*: $3,800
Nonrefundable application fee**: $50
Nonrefundable registration fee: $45
International Student Health Insurance Plan (Required): $331
Room and board (estimated): $3,897
Books and supplies (estimated): $200
Bus pass
Other expenses (estimated): $755
TOTAL: $9,228

* Tuition for IEP courses only. Learn more about tuition rates for the Intensive Business English Program and optional business certificates on the Details pages for those programs.

** One-time fee



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