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Undergraduate Admissions

Intensive English Program

Welcome to Seattle University's Intensive English Language Program!

Program Overview

Seattle University's Intensive English Program (IEP) is an advanced-level English program suited for students who are interested in attending Seattle University or other universities. Students in the program will increase their understanding of English and U.S. culture. Other features include:
  • The opportunity to enter with iBT TOEFL scores 60-67, IELTS score 5.5, or Pearson (PTE) scores 44-45
  • Study of all English skill areas (Listening, Pronounciation, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Grammar)
  • An established, successful curriculum and system of instruction
  • English for Academic Preparation
  • Optional TOEFL preparation class
  • Small classes, limited enrollment

Download the IEP Brochure to learn more: 2016 - 17 IEP Brochure

Apply Online!

 Academic English Preparation to include:     

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Listening Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Usage/Grammar
  • Speaking
  • Preparing and giving presentations
  • Discussion/Conversation

English Proficiency Score Range Requirements  

  • Full admission to Seattle University:TOEFL iBT 92/PBT 580, IELTS 7.0 required, or Pearson (PTE) 62 or greater
  • Admission to Seattle University's English Language & Culture Bridge Program: TOEFL iBT 68-91/PBT 520-577, Pearson (PTE) 46-61
  • Admission to Seattle University's Intensive English Program:
  Undergraduate Graduate
Internet-Based TOEFL 60 75
Paper-Based TOEFL 497 553
IELTS 5.5 6
Pearson 44 52


Please note note that admission to Seattle University undergraduate and graduate programs are not based solely on English proficiency exams, but upon a thorough review of your academic records and application to the university. Achievement of scores listed above is not a guarantee of admission to Seattle University.

How to Apply:

Create an account and complete the IEP application form here to submit your application online.

  • Submit official copies of High School transcript (if applicable)
  • Submit official  copies of college/university transcripts 
  • Submit Declaration of Finances: IEP Declaration of Finances
  • All documents must be translated into English
  • Submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores (see above for applicable scores)


Fall 2016 (Term dates September 21 - December 10)

  • Deadline has passed

Winter 2017 (Term dates January 3 - March 18)

  • Deadline has passed

Spring 2017 (Term dates March 27 - June 10)

  • Deadline has passed


For Fall and Spring students, orientation will take place the week before classes begin. Winter Quarter IEP orientation will take place in the first week of Winter Quarter classes.

IEP Cost per Quarter

Tuition and fees      $3,400
*Deposit (applies to tuition)      $200
Application fee (non-refundable) $55
Seattle University Technology Fee $155     
Seattle University Recreation Fee      $100
Total due per quarter      $3,710

Other Costs

Textbooks & Supplies (estimate) = $400
Medical Insurance (varies by term) = $512.65
Housing and Meals* (estimate) = $2,500
Miscellaneous (estimate) = $700
*Housing and meals is an estimate for homestays. Other housing option costs may vary. 

Sample Class Syllabi

More information regarding IEP classes can be found by viewing the sample course syllabi:

Advanced Listening Sample Syllabus

Advanced Speaking Sample Syllabus

Advanced Reading and Writing Sample Syllabus

Advanced Grammar Sample Syllabus

More about Seattle University

Founded in 1891, Seattle University is a Jesuit university committed to social justice and academic excellence. The university enrolls more than 7,900 students from 77 nations and provides more than 3,000 classes each year in 130 fields of study. In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked Seattle University as #5 in the West among master's granting universities.

City of Seattle

Seattle, Washington is home to Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks, Costco, Amazon, the Gates Foundation, and other global organizations. You can walk, bike, or take public transportation to art museums, designer shops, international food and restaurants, coffee shops, and live music from all over the world. 

Contact Information

Michael Harpending, Ph.D.
(206) 296-6056


Jason Reynolds
Senior Program Assistant
(206) 296-6064

Unless a student's existing TOEFL score is near passing, students may not be able to achieve a passing score on the paper-based TOEFL in the summer programs.