Intensive Business English Program (IBEP)

Business communication skills are the foundation of the Intensive Business English Program (IBEP). During this program you will improve these skills in a variety of contexts and situations.

IBEP allows students to choose a business topic to focus on (depending on the quarter and available program space). If you are accepted into the program, you will be contacted and asked to choose the topic you would like to study. The following topics are offered during the quarters indicated:

Marketing (spring and autumn quarters)

Covers fundamentals of marketing, such as identifying and building a relationship with the customer, promoting and distributing a product, establishing a brand and utilizing social media channels.

Global Trade (winter and summer quarters)

Examines logistics of moving products and services from one country to another, including such areas as global strategies, outsourcing and offshore business. Students also participate in a stock market game.

Entrepreneurship (winter and summer quarters)

Explores how to successfully organize, operate and assume the risk for a new business venture. Students will study past entrepreneurs, discuss a business plan for a new product and explore how companies can promote innovation.

The program includes different activities related to the topic, such as business simulations, problem-solving exercises, reading journals, article presentations, vocabulary quizzes and discussions with guest speakers.


The UW Intensive Business English Program meets five hours a day, Monday through Thursday, for a total of 20 hours of class per week.


All classes are held at the 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.

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As an IELP student, you are eligible to use the excellent UW library system on the main campus to borrow books, do research and use the computers. You can also work part-time on campus only, with prior approval; see the Employment subsection of the Immigration Advising page for more details.

Speak English Policy

We promote a Speak English policy at the UW's downtown Seattle location to help you make the most of your stay here. We believe that you should only speak English while you are in our program. Although this is challenging, students find that the policy really helps to improve their English.

Refund Policy

Our 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

Note that all application, registration and deposit fees are nonrefundable.

Costs per Quarter

Tuition: $3,900
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: $9,328

*one-time fee


"I appreciate your teaching about technical terms. It's very useful for my job. I also appreciate UW's excellent ESL. I learned a lot from every teacher."

— Chia-Fen, Taiwan