Academic Skills
Short Term English Program (STEP)

Academic Skills Short Term English Program (STEP) is a three-week program designed to expose you to college-level study skills and practices. Academic Skills is offered during Session 4 of STEP.

In the Academic Skills classroom, you will practice English and learn about American academic expectations as you prepare for the challenges of your university program.

Enroll in this program and you will:

  • Improve your speaking and listening skills
  • Develop vocabulary-building tools and reading strategies
  • Practice your academic writing
  • Increase your knowledge of American education policies and expectations
  • Interact with students from all over the world*

Outside of class, you will have the opportunity explore the campus area on field trips with your classmates and other UW students.

Who Should Register

Students joining Academic Skills are expected to have a higher-than-average English language skill level. To view the specific minimum test scores required, see the Academic Skills How to Register page. Students who do not have high enough test scores or proof of equivalency should register for the Short Term English Programs STEP.

STEP students are not eligible for an F-1 student visa.

Program Features

  • Small classes – up to 18 students
  • Experienced instructors with advanced degrees in teaching English as a foreign language
  • Field trips to the Burke Museum, the Henry Art Gallery and other UW and Seattle-area attractions

Quick Facts

Location: UW Seattle campus
Length: 3 weeks
Hours/Week: 15
Upcoming Sessions: Summer 2019:
Aug 26–Sep 13
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Costs: See Details