IEP is More Than a Language Program

Why Choose WWU IEP?

IEP is a high-touch, hands-on program.

Throughout the program, the IEP team assists students in all aspects of their learning and living experience from day one of their arrival. The relationship continues even after they graduate from IEP as our faculty and advisors maintain close contact with former students. The IEP provides a family-like atmosphere and students create lasting relationships with WWU students, teachers, and the Bellingham community

Students learn quickly.

They are immersed in American culture and English language from day one and throughout their program duration. Students learn the basics in the classroom and apply what they have learned during the many co-curricular and extra-curricular activities out in the campus and local community. 

IEP curriculum goes beyond the classroom.

Curriculum is integrated with students’ experience outside the classroom and with every day life. We understand that learning extends beyond the classroom and your teachers are here for you to guide the process

Students may choose to live on campus with American roommates.

Living on campus provides a steady connection to American culture, academic life, social life, and allows students to create a strong base of friends. However, your international student advisor can also help you locate off-campus housing if preferred. 

Classes are small.

Class sizes are limited to no more than 15 students which allows your teachers  to provide you with more one-on-one guidance. Student-to-student exchanges are much more frequent and you are able to use the language your are acquiring

Students may choose to join a Global Pathway Program.

Students are able to select a Global Pathway Program, which allows them to study English and earn university credit at the same time. Your international student advisor will assist you with your application process to ensure a smooth transition

Students can advance their university studies.

All IEP Level 6 students take a university-level class and are much better prepared for undergraduate coursework. This also allows you to become more comfortable with the American way of teaching and learning and advance your academic coursework. Students may choose to audit a university-level class.  This allows you to gain a better understanding of the degree program you have chosen.

All IEP teachers have Master’s degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or related fields.

Our well-qualified teachers provide you with a rigorous academic experience but also take a great deal of interest in your personal and student-life experiences during the program.

IEP is part of the broader Language and Culture Programs (LCP) department and Outreach and Continuing Education (OCE) division.

LCP follows an “Interdisciplinary Learning Model” which means that you and other IEP students may participate in many student-related activities across adult customized programming, youth programming, and WWU student activity programming. TOEIC Personal Tutoring, Academic Experiences, Student Organizations, Professional Observations and Career Experience, and  the Service Learning Program are just a few options you will have access to via IEP.

Degree Study at Western

IEP’s vision is to share the Western experience with as many students as possible. Students may apply to both IEP and Western without TOEFL or IELTS scores. Western offers conditional admission to applicants who do not yet meet university English language requirements. Upon completion of IEP Level 6, students may enroll in Western’s undergraduate degree programs. For more information, visit the FAQs page.

For more information or for personalized advising write to: iep@wwu.edu.

 CEA Accreditation CEA Logo. Visual is a blue check mark to the left of CEA in bold black capital letters, this is the accrediator of Western's IEP Program for students to learn english in the USA

Western's IEP is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period April 2017 through April 2022, and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA: 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.

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