WSU Adds IALC Location in Tri-Cities

By Zahra Debbek
Office of International Programs

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University’s Office of International Programs Intensive American Language Center (IALC) is expanding to WSU Tri-Cities after receiving 20 months of official accreditation.

WSU’s IALC was established in 1984 on the Pullman campus with the goal to teach English as a second language and prepare international students to study at U.S. colleges and universities.

IALC sessions at WSU Tri-Cities will begin in January and enrollment is already open for students.

“Establishing a language training center at WSU Tri-Cities is a great example of how we want to globalize our efforts through the University system-wide,” said Asif Chaudhry, Vice President for International Programs. “I want to thank Dr. Chris Meiers and Dr. Kate Hellmann for their hard work and dedication to making this project a reality. We at Washington State University take pride in helping to prepare our students to succeed in a global marketplace.”

Hellmann, the IALC Director, added, “The IALC in Tri-Cities will facilitate the internationalization of WSU while preparing students to academically succeed and matriculate to WSU. We are one of the top programs in the country recognized by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.”

This expansion marks the first time WSU will offer a language center on multiple campuses in its system.

“We are extremely pleased to bring the highly-regarded Intensive American Language Center to the WSU Tri-Cities campus,” said Meiers, WSU Tri-Cities Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Services. “This partnership is a critical element to the campus globalization efforts and will provide numerous cultural and economic benefits to the mid-Columbia region.”