Academic English

About Academic English

Academic English at Washington State University is an accredited, academic preparation intensive English program.*

Academic English mission

  • Provide high quality intensive English language instruction to the international community in a supportive, respectful atmosphere to help students meet their academic, personal, and professional goals
  • Prepare our students academically and culturally by using innovative techniques and instructional methods to meet student needs
  • Build and support the foundation for our students’ successful navigation of university life
  • Increase Washington State University’s international standing by laying the foundation for all WSU students to become true global citizens and by helping international students successfully complete their degree programs

Academic English levels

The main program offers 6 levels of language instruction (pdf), from beginning to high advanced.

  1. Beginner
  2. Low Intermediate
  3. Intermediate
  4. High Intermediate
  5. Advanced – Undergraduate study preparation (meets WSU language proficiency requirement for undergraduate admission)
  6. High Advanced – Graduate study preparation (meets WSU language proficiency requirement for graduate study)

Classes typically run from Monday mornings through Friday afternoons. You are expected to attend class and participate. There are 15 students or fewer in each class. Students come from all over the world. We speak only English in class.

You will find your classes and teachers’ offices are all located in Daggy Hall where you will receive individual attention and instruction from our teachers. Residence halls, apartments, and restaurants are a 5-10 minute walk from our building. We regularly offer social and cultural activities to prepare you for life in the United States and at Washington State University. You are welcome here.

AE placement table

Tests: Duolingo; IELA: International English Language Test Assessment; IELTS: International English Language Testing System; ITEP: International Test of English Proficiency; MELAB: Michigan English Language Assessment Battery; MET: Michigan English Test; Password; PTEA: Pearson Test of English Academic; TOEFL: Test of English as a Foreign Language

Program:Level 4:
1 Term
Level 3:
2 Terms
Level 2:
3 Terms
PasswordLevel 4Level 3Level 2

*Academic English requires 18 hours of instruction per week or less depending upon your visa status. Level availability depends on minimum enrollment requirements. Each level will span an 8-week term.

Please email with your questions.