About International & English Language Programs

Established in 1977, International & English Language Programs at the University of Washington offers English language instruction to students from all over the world. Whether you want to advance your career, prepare for further study in the United States or learn English for personal enrichment, the highly trained IELP instructors will help you achieve your goals. Classes take place primarily on the main UW Seattle campus and in downtown Seattle.

Check out what previous students have to say about their experience at the UW.

IELP offers a wide variety of programs, including:

  • Intensive academic English sessions
  • College preparation programs for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Business English certificate programs and internships
  • Short-term programs focused on language and cultural enrichment
  • Evening courses in conversational skills and English proficiency test preparation

See our Programs section to learn more.

IELP Mission

The mission of International & English Language Programs (IELP) is to assist our students and partners to achieve their educational goals by delivering exemplary programs, courses, and services. Through this work we support and promote the diversity and internationalization of the University of Washington.

IELP Values

As teachers, administrators and staff we are committed to:

  • Respecting students, each other, and our professional partners
  • Fostering cross-cultural understanding, communication, and community within IELP, throughout UW, and with global partners
  • Promoting collaboration, creativity, and lifelong learning to meet or exceed student expectations
  • Exploring new initiatives, striving for excellence, and leading our field nationally and internationally

About the University of Washington

Since its founding in 1861, the University of Washington has grown to become one of the world's leading universities. The UW enrolls more than 50,000 students each year and is consistently ranked one of the top universities in the United States and world. The UW also features world-class libraries, art, music, drama, sports and medical care.

In addition to its respected academics, the UW boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the world. Located just four miles north of downtown Seattle, it features stunning views of snow-capped Mount Rainier and nearby Lake Washington. In the spring, the university's many gardens are awash with color and the Japanese cherry trees on campus show off their spectacular pink and white blossoms.



We are happy to answer your questions and provide more information about International & English Language Programs.