Come practice your English and learn about American culture! In Language & Culture Short Term English Program (STEP), you’ll learn English from an experienced instructor in the mornings, and see the beautiful sights of Seattle in the afternoons. You can improve your speaking and listening in just weeks.


3 Weeks


15 Hours/Week

English Level

Beginning to Advanced

F-1 Visa

Not Eligible

What You'll Do

  • Improve your English vocabulary through a variety of listening and speaking activities
  • Practice your English in real-life situations
  • Learn American expressions and idioms

Program Features

  • Small classes, with an average class size of 14
  • Opportunity to explore the campus area on field trips with your classmates and other students

Who Should Register

This program is for people interested in American culture and improving their English, as well as those who want to experience student life in America before committing to a longer stay.

Language & Culture STEP is open to beginning to advanced students of English. You just need basic English skills to participate. For specific requirements, see How to Register.


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


Registration fee (nonrefundable)$55
Room and board (estimated)*$1,600
Estimated Total$3,440


*Students are responsible for finding their own housing.

On-campus housing is available for summer STEP programs only. Rates for our Summer 2024 STEP housing packages are:

  • $1,215 per person, double occupancy
  • $2,035 per person, single occupancy
  • No dining funds included.

More detailed information (including information about early arrivals/late departures) can be found on the following links. Once you have been admitted to the program, simply click on the appropriate link below and follow the registration instructions to secure your housing reservation.

For students joining our program in winter, we recommend contacting a local homestay agency to live with a family in Seattle. 


The cost of transportation during the optional afternoon activities is not included in STEP tuition. You'll take public transit for these activities and have an opportunity to purchase an ORCA transit card at the start of the program.

Health Insurance

We strongly recommend purchasing medical/travel insurance in your home country so that you’ll have coverage during your stay in Seattle. For more information, see Health Insurance & Immunizations.