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The welcoming, student-centered communities of Pullman and the Tri-Cities make the Intensive American Language Center (IALC) a perfect place to learn English and enjoy local culture.

The Intensive American Language Center (IALC) is part of Washington State University, a large state university system in a safe, diverse, welcoming environment.

WSU Pullman is located in the state of Washington, 450 km (280 miles) east of Seattle and 125 km (78 miles) south of Spokane—and 4,091 km (2,542 miles) from the nation’s capital of Washington, D.C.

WSU Tri-Cities is located in Richland, Washington, 81 km (130 miles) southwest of Pullman.

Communities Built for You

In the 126 years since the founding of Washington State University, the communities of Pullman and the Tri-Cities have grown and developed to forming vibrant, student-centered learning environments.

University students comprise 65 percent of Pullman’s 32,000 residents. Local professionals, WSU faculty and staff, and their families round out the population.

WSU Tri-Cities is the most diverse campus in the system, located in the sixth-best place for STEM graduates in the United States with 92 percent job placement. The Tri-Cities area is an urban haven for international students and scholars.

In both locations, there are many shopping districts with coffee shops, specialty retailers, and restaurants only a short walk away from the IALC classrooms on campus. Convenient bus routes provide access to grocery stores, department stores, movie theaters, and more.

Students use Pullman’s excellent public transit system free of charge, and the University’s bike-sharing program gives you another easy way to get where you need to go.

In the Tri-Cities, the Ben Franklin Transit system is available to get you around town.

International Students Are Welcome Here


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Safe ranks Pullman No. 10 in its list of the safest cities in the state of Washington.


The Princeton Review ranks WSU No. 14 nationally, and third in the West, among colleges with the happiest students.

A Rural Paradise

WSU Pullman nestles in a wide-open landscape of gently rolling hills is that is one of North America’s most productive agricultural regions.

National Geographic Magazine considers it a national treasure, labeling it “a paradise called the Palouse.”

Explore our rural paradise

Four Seasons, Gentle Weather



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International Center

IALC students are welcome in the University’s International Center.

Conveniently located in the student union building, right in the center of the Pullman campus, it is a comfortable place where international students gather to relax, socialize, and study.

The International Center offers a variety of resources:

  • Computers and free printing
  • Free tea and coffee
  • Comfortable lounge with TV and kitchenette
  • Quiet study space

Social events at the International Center frequently highlight international cultural customs and traditional American celebrations.

An Active Campus

Washington State is the the location of a major national public research university. It is also an intellectual and cultural hub. When you are on campus at WSU, the world comes to you.

Whatever your interests may be, you can find people at WSU who are eager to share them with you.

International and domestic students participate together in more than 300 student clubs and organizations at WSU. IALC students are welcome in all of them.

The University communities offer a wide variety of cultural, entertainment, and recreational activities. You will have opportunities to experience international and U.S. culture.