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The University is situated in Bellingham, Washington a city of 75,000, located 50 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and 90 miles north of Seattle.
Western Washington University enrolls nearly 13,780 students and employs 629 full-time equivalent faculty, 89% of which hold the highest degree in their fields. Student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1. 77% of classes have 30 or fewer students; 4% of classes have 75 or more students.
The Intensive English Program. IEP is a relatively small English language program of about 70-80 students, located at Western Washington University (WWU), where there are 12,000 matriculating students. Courses are primarily designed to prepare international students for academic study at American colleges and universities. At the advanced level, Academic Preparation classes and opportunities for students to participate in regular university classes are offered. Through Conditional Undergraduate Admission, students may be accepted to the university and begin taking credit classes while enrolled in the IEP.
The IEP offers 16 hours per week of core classes in Grammar, Oral Communications, Writing, and Reading. Core classes are offered in four proficiency levels of instruction: low intermediate, high intermediate, low advanced, and high advanced. Placement testing is administered at the beginning of each quarter to determine each student's level of instruction. Class work is supplemented by community visits, social skills tasks, American cultural topics, introduction to academic study in the United States, language study in the United States, language lab work, and writing on the computer. At the high-advanced level, most students participate in regular university courses on either a credit or non-credit basis.
In addition to the core classes, the IEP offers elective classes in Academic Preparation, TOEFL Preparation, Pronunciation, Tutor Lab and Conversation Lab, where IEP students can meet informally with American Students from Western Washington University. IEP students choose the elective classes which will most help them achieve their goals. Students may enroll in 18-23 hours per week of combined core and elective classes.
The IEP follows a quarterly schedule with three 11-week quarters during the regular academic year (Fall, Winter and Spring) and a 9-week summer session. Personal expenses and textbook costs are not included. Housing and food costs are approximate and are subject to change.
IEP tuition - $2,195
WWU fees - $340
IEP tuition - $1965
WWU fees - $335
WWU fees include Health Center, Technology, General Services, Recreation Center, Building, and a Transportation fee of $25, for which students will receive a quarterly bus pass. These fees are mandatory for all WWU students.