Intensive English Program

More than a Language Program

IEP Gets You Ready for What's Next

Whether you plan to study in the U.S., advance your career, or simply learn English, our IEP program ensures you're well-prepared. Our instructors are highly trained.

IEP Curriculum Extends Beyond Class

Practice English and build friendships. Enjoy cultural experiences like conversation partners, weekly workshops, and outings in Bellingham and to Seattle, Mount Baker National Park, and more!

IEP Commits to Student Success

We aim to share the Western experience widely. Western is NWCCU accredited.

Earn University Credits

Degree-seeking students get more value with IEP when they earn up to 15 university credits in levels 5 and 6! Credits apply to graduation for any WWU undergraduate major. 15 credits is equal to one full quarter of study. Save time and money by graduating sooner.

Not interested in pursuing a degree at Western? After level 6 of the IEP you will be prepared for your next step, whether that is another post-secondary school or an international career. 

Complete Your Free Application


Contact an International Student Advisor.

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

Spring 2024

Program Dates:
April 1 - June 12, 2024
Application Deadline:
February 9, 2024

Fall 2024

Program Dates:
September 25 - December 13, 2024
Application Deadline:
August 1, 2024

Where will you begin?

No test scores needed! 

Students will complete a free assessment during the admissions process to determine which level is right for them.

  1. Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4

    English Prep

  2. Levels 5 and 6

    Academic English*

* Students can now earn up to 15 credits toward WWU graduation with any undergraduate degree in IEP levels 5 and 6. This equals one full quarter of undergraduate study.

Improve Your English in 10 Weeks

Check out our YouTube channel to watch our 10 week student transformations and get an insider look at all the reasons IEP may be right for you. Videos are collected into playlists and more content is added frequently!

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WWU Students, Get Involved!

The Intensive English Program, along with other Language and Culture Programs, welcomes motivated WWU students to engage both inside and outside of the classroom while interacting with students from all over the world.

Volunteering with LCP is a great way to fulfill service learning course requirements.

LCP Volunteer Opportunities

Student voices

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