Intensive English Program

More than a Language Program

IEP Prepares Students for the Next Steps

Whether you're preparing to study in the U.S., looking to further your professional career, or learning English for the sake of learning, IEP will prepare you for what’s ahead. Classes are taught by highly-trained instructors.

IEP Curriculum Goes Beyond the Classroom

Students have many chances to practice English and make friends outside of class. Cultural opportunities include conversation partners, weekly workshops and events, and visits to places in Bellingham and nearby, like Seattle, Mount Baker National Park, and much more!

IEP is Committed to Student Success

IEP’s vision is to share the Western experience with as many students as possible. IEP is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). Western is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

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. Level 1

    English Prep

  2. Level 2

    English Prep

  3. Level 3

    English Prep

  4. Level 4

    English Prep

  5. Level 5

    Advanced English*

  6. Level 6

    Advanced 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.

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. 

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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

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!

Student voices

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Spring 2023

Program Dates:
March 27 - June 10, 2023
Application Deadline:
February 6, 2023

Fall 2023

Program Dates:
September 25 - December 15, 2023
Application Deadline:
August 1, 2023

Winter 2024

Program Dates:
January 8 - March 22, 2024
Application Deadline:
November 1, 2023


Contact an International Student Advisor.

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