IEP - Intensive English Program

IEP Program Description

Western’s 6-level Intensive English Program (IEP) offers a pathway for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners into one of the U.S.’s top public universities. Our IEP helps students learn English for business or social purposes, or to prepare students for degree study at Western. IEP also provides an opportunity for AUAP students to continue their studies at Western in intensive English immersion or via a Global Pathway Program at the Western Washington University International Study Center.

IEP offers small class sizes (no more than 15) with highly experienced faculty who all have Master’s degrees. The program provides ample opportunities for students to improve their spoken and written English through classroom work and interactions with American students, international students and community members. Students live on campus with American roommates and are totally immersed in our language and culture.

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Western's IEP is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period April 2017 through April 2022 and is committed to upholding the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a prestigious, nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S.

Key characteristics and advantages of the IEP:

  • IEP class sizes are small with no more than 15 students to one professor
  • All IEP instructors have master’s degree in TESOL, Applied Linguistics or related fields
  • All IEP instructors attend regular professional and in-service training
  • IEP students are allowed to live in campus housing or off-campus and with access to meal plans and all university facilities
  • Participation in IEP creates an advantage for a student who wants to continue and study either an International Year or a Pre-Master’s Program at the Western Washington University International Study Center, or a degree at Western.
  • Language and Culture Programs (LCP) has International Student Advisors, along with Extended Studies personnel, which can assist the AUAP student with smooth transition to degree study.
  • Western’s IEP is considered a high-quality “immersive experience” which means, students are involved in many activities including but not limited to cultural excursions, community engagement, WWU classroom auditing (observing), and service-learning projects
  • IEP students may attend free workshops taught by IEP instructors and WWU professors on topics ranging from business to environmental sustainability
  • Study in the small, safe town of Bellingham, Washington, located 1 hour from Vancouver, BC and 2 hours from Seattle
  • Get to know American students as well as students from all over the world
  • Enjoy activities and trips in the local area and region and take part in campus and community activities
  • IEP students have the option of being matched with WWU faculty families so that they can experience a weekend activity with an American family

Program Time & Duration:

The IEP follows the University's quarterly schedule with an average of 10 weeks of classes fall, winter, spring and summer quarters.


Students that desire to study English in a structured, intensive classroom environment with the objective of furthering their academic studies at an English speaking university.

IEP Program Includes:

  • WWU ID card
  • Local bus pass
  • Recreation Center access
  • WWU Library access
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Picnic
  • WWU email address
  • Welcome reception
  • Farewell reception
  • Computer labs
  • Health insurance (Can be purchased in advance of program or from WWU.)
  • Technology access on campus (computers and internet)

How to Participate:

For direct consultation regarding the IEP course curriculum, registration, and application please contactMs. Kris Moore,

For direct consultation regarding registration/application requirements and transition from AUAP to IEP please contact

Parents and students can read about the many details and advantages of the IEP in their native language, including viewing a student testimonial at this link:

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