Welcome to Western’s IEP Program

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Why Learn English at Western?

Western’s 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.

The 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, helping them to learn English.

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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 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.

Degree Study at Western

IEP’s vision is to share the Western Experience with as many students as possible through enrollment to Western Washington University.  Students may apply simultaneously to the IEP and for conditional admission to Western without TOEFL or IELTS scores. Upon completion of the IEP (Level 6), students may enroll in Western’s undergraduate degree programs. For more information, visit our FAQs page.

Why attend IEP rather than a TOEFL/IELTS prep course?

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Intensive English Program Mission Statement

To foster quality academic English language learning experiences in order to assist post-secondary students in reaching their personal and professional goals and to help internationalize Western Washington University.


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