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

The Intensive American Language Center (IALC) at Washington State University teaches English as a second language and prepares international students for study at U.S. colleges and universities. The IALC is part of Washington State University and is located on WSU Pullman campus.


The IALC offers five, eight-week sessions per year. Applications are accepted year-round. You should apply at least one month before the beginning of the session you plan to attend.

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The IALC is a pathway to a WSU degree

Students who pass level 5 of the IALC program with a “B” average meet the language requirement for admission to WSU without the need for a TOEFL score.

You can apply for admission to Washington State University and the Intensive American Language Center at the same time.


An effective, enjoyable way to learn

Enjoy American culture in the classroom

Courses at each level are taught using themes that are relevant in American culture. The themes are connected in all classes: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar.

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

Interact, communicate, and learn together

Because of the diverse nationalities at the IALC, 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.

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.

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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. I am really excited about being here in the U.S. and studying at the IALC.”
Mauricio Cifuentes-Soto

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The IALC is nationally accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) and is a member of English USA.


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.


English USA is the leading professional association of intensive English programs in the USA. The 330 member programs of English USA are committed to quality teaching and student services.