Washington State University

Intensive American Language Center

IALC Programs

Main Program (Academic Preparation)

The IALC’s Main Program (Academic Preparation) focuses on preparing students with the language and academic skills needed to study successfully at universities and colleges within the U.S.

The Main Program offers five 8-week sessions per year and six levels of language instruction, from beginning to high advanced.  Students who successfully complete level 5 (the advanced level) meet the language proficiency requirement to enter WSU as an undergraduate.  Students who successfully complete level 6 (high advanced) meet the language proficiency requirement for entry to WSU’s Graduate School. Completion of levels 5 and 6 may be used instead of TOEFL for admissions to WSU.

The IALC’s Main Program consists of 21-24 hours of instruction per week.  Academic courses include Reading/Composition, Listening/Speaking, Grammar, Academic Listening (which focuses on lecture comprehension) and Academic Writing (which focuses on research writing).  Students may also choose elective courses in such areas as pronunciation, English through film, conversation, and TOEFL preparation.

Levels of Instruction

  • Beginner
  • Low Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • High Intermediate
  • Advanced - Undergraduate study preparation
  • High Advanced - Graduate study preparation

Proficiency Scale


Part-time study is not available to students with F-1 visas. If you have an F-1 visa, you must be enrolled full time.

The Institutional TOEFL is given by WSU Testing Services each session. The TOEFL may only be taken by IALC students in level 3 or above.

Some classes have additional fees for materials.

Student Health Service fees are required by WSU and is based on a 2-month session.

WSU requires major medical insurance coverage of at least $200,000 per illness. IALC provides a group insurance policy for students. Students may buy insurance from either WSU, a private agency or bring it from your home country. All quotes are provided with a minimum coverage of two months.

The sponsored student fee is paid only if IALC must bill a sponsor for tuition and fees.

A late testing fee is required if students miss the test

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