Participate in our popular Short Term English Program (STEP) online from your home country.  Improve your English as you study American culture or specialize in academic skills, business, or science, technology and engineering.


3 Weeks


15 Hours

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

Who Should Register

This program is for people interested in American culture and improving their English skills.

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


Online Language & Culture STEP

Practice your English and learn about American culture! You’ll learn English from an experienced instructor and experience a range of activities, including conversation practice with American college students, online presentations, virtual tours of Seattle landmarks, and guest speakers.

Online Academic Skills STEP

This course helps you build university-level study skills. Practice your English and learn about American academic expectations as you prepare for the challenges of university studies.  Activities include writing, lecture listening and note-taking, vocabulary building focused on the Academic Word List, critical reading of articles, class discussions and presentations.

Online Business STEP

Practice your English while learning about American business. You’ll focus on speaking and writing English in business settings while learning about prominent businesses in the Seattle area. These business communication skills will give you a strong foundation for working internationally with other business professionals. This course includes guest lectures.

Online Science, Technology & Engineering STEP

Practice your English and learn about topics in science, technology, and engineering. Improve your science, technology, and engineering-related conversation, listening, and presentation skills.


Classes meet online, Monday through Friday, 4 to 7 p.m. Pacific Time (Seattle time), for a total of 15 hours a week.


Tuition $1,650
Registration fee (nonrefundable) $55
Estimated Total $1,705


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

Course Technology

These online courses will use a learning management system like Canvas and Zoom video conferencing. To participate, you should have access to a computer with speakers and a microphone and an internet connection. A headset and a webcam is also highly recommended.