Language & Culture Programs

Learn English

Western offers a variety of English language programs for learners of all ages and levels. Whether you are interested in a pursuing your degree at Western, experiencing a full immersion in American culture, or enhancing your English language skills, we have a program to fit your interests.

International Youth Programs

International youth program groupWestern has welcomed international youth in grades 4-12 to its campus since 2008. Through interactive courses and activities, students expand their academic knowledge and experience American culture in a safe, friendly, and beautiful environment.

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Western offers educational excellence in a safe and beautiful environment

Western is internationally recognized for its commitment to quality education and service around the world, including:

  • #1 public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest as ranked by US News and World Report
  • AACSB accredited and among the top 5% of business schools globally
  • One of the top producers of student Fulbright winners in the nation
  • #1 for total Peace Corps volunteers among medium-sized universities

Located in Bellingham on the northwestern coast of the United States between Seattle (Washington) and Vancouver (Canada), Western benefits from a beautiful landscape as well as the presence of diverse cultural heritages. Our guests have the benefits of a small town – friendliness, safety, and convenience – as well as the opportunities of a big city.

Employee Language Program

International student talking to DeanInitiated by the President’s Office to support Western faculty and staff through professional development, the Employee Language Program offers free quarterly workshops and special events encouraging multicultural outreach and awareness. Note: This program is restricted to Western Employees.

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