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 take a placement test to evaluate their English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The test determines your level in each area and includes multiple choice questions, a writing prompt, and a group discussion. 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 taken the TOEFL or IELTS can submit a qualifying test score for direct placement into Level 4 or Level 5. IELP accepts test scores up to two years from the date of the original exam.

Level 4:

  • TOEFL iBT 60 (no subscore below 13)
  • IELTS 5.5 (no subscore below 5)

Level 5:

  • TOEFL iBT 75 (no subscore below 15)
  • IELTS 6.0 (no subscore below 5.5)

Note: Students who submit a test score for direct placement into the IEP do not take the placement test.

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.


Most IEP courses are held on the University of Washington campus in Seattle.

However, upper level courses in our Business English Track 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.

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*: $4,180
Nonrefundable application fee**: $50
Nonrefundable registration fee: $55
International Student Health Insurance Plan (Required): $385
Room and board (estimated): $3,897
Books and supplies (estimated): $200
Bus pass
Other expenses (estimated): $755
TOTAL: $9,672

* 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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