Come practice your English, get ready for college-level study — and have fun exploring Seattle! Academic Skills Short Term English Program (STEP) is for students entering an undergraduate or graduate program. You can improve your speaking, listening and academic skills in just three weeks.

What You'll Do

  • Improve your speaking and listening skills and grow your vocabulary
  • Develop reading strategies and practice your academic writing
  • Practice your English in real-life situations
  • Participate in several optional afternoon activities to experience Seattle culture

English Level

Intermediate to advanced

F-1 Visa Eligible


Format and Schedule 

This program meets in the mornings, Monday through Friday for three weeks, for a total of 15 hours a week. Two afternoons per week, program staff and UW students lead optional Seattle-area sightseeing activities.

Classes are offered at our downtown Seattle location. This course can also be offered in an online format.