Program Details

Language & Culture STEP classes are grouped by English level. You’ll take a placement exam on the first day of the program.

Morning Class

Language & Culture STEP instruction focuses on a variety of real-life activities. For example, you may: 

  • Interview Seattle residents 
  • Improve your listening skills through watching a U.S. film  
  • Create and deliver a group presentation on a cultural topic 

Afternoon Field Trips

Field trips are an important and enjoyable part of STEP. Destinations may include:

  • Pike Place Market 
  • International District 
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • A ferry ride to Bainbridge Island 

You’ll also have the opportunity to go on a campus tour, enjoy group sports or gaming activities and visit different Seattle neighborhoods. 


instructor and student

This program is taught by experienced instructors from UW International & English Language Programs. All have advanced degrees.