Learn English

Learn English from highly qualified, experienced instructors and enjoy U.S. culture in a safe, student-friendly environment.

2024-25 dates

Academic English Program

Summer 2024 | May 6-June 28

Fall 1, 2024 | Aug. 19-Oct. 11

Fall 2, 2024 | Oct. 14-Dec. 13**

Spring 1, 2025 January 6 – February 28

Spring 2, 2025 March 3-May 2

Summer 2025 May 5-June 27

Undergraduate Foundation and International Master’s Programs

Fall 2024 | Aug. 19-Dec. 13**

Spring 2025 | Jan. 6-May 2*

*Spring break March 10-14
**Thanksgiving break Nov. 25-29

An effective, enjoyable way to learn

Enjoy U.S. culture in the classroom

Courses are taught using themes that are relevant in U.S. culture. The themes are connected in all classes: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar.

Class materials come from the same sources U.S. students use: college textbooks, novels, magazines, newspapers, journals, the internet, and current videos.

Interact, communicate, and learn together

Because of the diverse nationalities, English is likely to be the only language everyone has in common—so everyone speaks English in class. Our program focuses on communicative English, not repetitive drills.

“Studying at the IALC has been one of the greatest experiences in my life. I have met many people from all over the world. When I came to the U.S., I did not speak any English. That was so frustrating, but my teachers have done a great job. I can now speak English. Everything is easier.”

Mauricio Cifuentes, Colombia

2 students work together with their laptops open

Prepare for the English-speaking world you want to enter

Our classes help you learn more than just language; they focus on the customs and skills needed to succeed in academic, professional, and social settings.


The Academic English program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) and we are a member of English USA and Intensive English USA (iie).

  • Accreditation by CEA signifies that an English language program has met U.S. Department of Education standards and ensures that the faculty, curriculum, standards, and services will be of the highest quality.
  • Having more than 200 accredited members, English USA supports English language programs and connects international students to top language programs in the U.S.
  • Intensive English USA is the leading professional association of intensive English programs in the USA. The 330-member programs of iie are committed to quality teaching and student services.

Take advantage of scholarship opportunities

International students are automatically considered for scholarships upon admission to WSU. You may also be eligible for a variety of other awards from the university.

Student inquiries

If you would like information about Academic English or the International Master’s or Undergraduate Foundation programs at Washington State University, we will be happy to assist you.


WSU’s Intensive American Language Center (IALC) faculty facilitates Academic English, International Master’s (IM), and Undergraduate Foundation (UF) programs. Programs are offered for undergraduate and graduate students and designed to help you through your first year of study at WSU.

Academic English comprises five 8-week sessions in a year and IM and UF programs are 1 to 2 semesters. All programs combine English language study, academic skills and development, and academic coursework in a customized program that gives you the skills you need to succeed. Completing the WSU Academic English or an IM/UF program will allow you to transition to a degree-seeking program at WSU Pullman or any WSU campus that offers your intended degree program.