IEP University Track

The University Track of the UW Intensive English Program (IEP) is intended for students who plan to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees in the United States. Students will improve their English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and also learn strategies for improving their TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Program Features

  • Five levels of instruction
  • Small class sizes, with about 14 students per class
  • Experienced instructors with advanced degrees in teaching English as a second language
  • Opportunity to take one UW undergraduate course (level 5 students only)
  • Help with completing applications for college or university degree programs, including those with our partner universities (details below)

Program Structure

The University Track of the Intensive English Program consists of five levels, divided into a Lower Division (Levels 14) and an Upper Division (Level 5). Students take a test at the beginning of the program for placement in the correct level. Level 1 courses meet at the UW downtown Seattle location, and Levels 2 5 are offered on the main UW Seattle campus.

  • In level 4, students must successfully complete these courses: Academic Reading & Writing 4 and Listening & Speaking 4.
  • In level 5, University Track all students start with the Foundation Quarter.

University Track Foundation Quarter: Academic Reading & Writing 5, Academic Listening & Speaking 5, one additional upper division course. Completion of the Foundation Quarter satisfies the English language proficiency requirement at some partner institutions. Other university partners require a second quarter in the upper division, the Capstone Quarter.

University Track Capstone Quarter: Applied Academic Skills, Academic Listening & Writing 5, Academic Reading & Speaking 5, one upper division elective course. Completion of the Capstone Quarter satisfies the English language proficiency requirement at the University of Washington Graduate School.

Accelerated University Track: Students who have completed an undergraduate degree and who are applying to a graduate or professional program may be eligible for the Accelerated University Track. To be eligible, students must have an undergraduate degree and a TOEFL iBT of 84-91 or an IELTS of 6.5. In this accelerated format, students complete the Upper Division of the University Track in just one quarter instead of two by taking five concurrent hours of academic preparation courses: Academic Reading & Writing 5, Academic Listening & Speaking 5, Applied Academic Skills, AND Academic Listening & Writing 5 OR Academic Reading & Speaking 5. Contact us if you meet these requirements and are interested in learning more.




Partner Universities

If you plan to continue your undergraduate or graduate studies in the United States, successful completion of the IEP University Track serves as proof of English language proficiency for admission to our partner universities, which are listed below.

Applicants to our partner schools who have successfully completed the University Track will not need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. Applicants must still meet all other admission requirements. Our academic advisors can help you with the application process to these universities.

Some of our partner schools grant conditional admission to students before they have completed the University Track, while others require students to fully complete the track first. For more information about the University Track and partner school requirements, please view our University Track Worksheet or email an academic advisor.

Note: At this time, there is no agreement between IEP and the UW Seattle undergraduate admissions office regarding English language proficiency. Undergraduate students seeking admission to UW Seattle must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores that meet the minimum English proficiency requirements.


We are happy to answer any questions you may have about University Track & Partner Universities.