How to Apply

Admission Requirements

To apply, you must:

  • Be 18 years or older 
  • Meet or exceed one of the following English language requirements:
    • TOEFL iBT – 80 (no subscore below 17)
    • IELTS – 6.0 (no subscore below 5.5)
    • Duolingo English Test – 105

Application Steps

1. Download and fill out the application form.

Download Application
Note: Classes will be offered remotely (online) rather than in person.

2. Gather the following materials:

  • Proof of English language proficiency 

  • Official bank statement (less than six months old) and letter of sponsorship (if sponsored) confirming you have the funds necessary to cover all tuition and living expenses while you are in the United States. Both documents must be in English.

  • Photocopy of your graduate program acceptance letter (if applicable)

    • If you have not yet been accepted to a graduate program, proof of graduation from a four-year baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree program or its equivalent is acceptable

  • Brief 200-word personal statement answering the following questions:

    • “What is your educational background and your future career goal?”

    • “What are three possible research topics that you're interested in studying?” (For example, previous students’ topics have included patent grace periods, green spaces in urban architecture, and health communications in rural developing nations.)

  • Nonrefundable application fee ($50 USD)

  • Express mail fee ($40 USD) (only required for students who need their I-20 sent to an address outside the United States)

3. Submit your application materials in one of these ways:

Email: JoinIELP@uw.edu

Mail:
UW Continuum College
International & English Language Programs
4333 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Box 359450
Seattle, WA 98195-9450

What Happens Next

We’ll notify you by email of your application status within about two weeks of receiving your complete packet and fees.  

If you’re accepted to the Graduate School Preparation Program, you’ll receive program details as well as instructions on how to prepare for housing and arrival.

If you are outside the United States and you need an I-20 to apply for an F-1 student visa, we will send your I-20 and acceptance packet to your mailing address. The acceptance packet includes information about paying the SEVIS I-901 fee and preparing for your F-1 visa interview appointment.

If you’re transferring to our program from another U.S. school, we'll include transfer instructions in your acceptance e-mail.

Refund Policy

See Registration & Payment for details on our refund policy.