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University of Washington

Program Overview 

Location: Seattle, Washington
Culture: Supportive, outdoorsy
Neighborhood: Seaside, cosmopolitan
Housing: On-campus
English level: Beginner - intermediate

The University of Washington (UW) offers a unique experience as one of the top universities in the United States. At UW, SAF Scholars can work closely with highly experienced professors of English to advance their language skills. The University provides a place for scholars to study not only the English language, but also advance their knowledge of American culture and business.

Seattle is among the top 20 largest cities in America. It's beautiful seaside setting offers scholars some of the best outdoor sporting available. Popular outdoor recreation includes cycling, snowboarding, kayaking and sailing. SAF Scholars have access to unique parks as well.

During inclement weather, students may wish to experience professional sports on a large scale in one of Seattle's amazing sporting facilities.

Student Profile

Academically, the UW language program is ideal for SAF Scholars who wish to improve English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, as well as improve their TOEFL or IELTS scores. With class sizes at no more than 18 students, scholars who enjoy individualized attention and taking on the challenge of routine class participation should apply.

Culturally, because UW offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, the university is also a perfect fit for the adventurous scholar who is looking to explore new locations.

Other Programs at University

UW does not offer other programs. 

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Program Details

Program Dates by Term Availability

Fall Quarter (September – December)
Fall Quarter + Winter Quarter (September – March)
Spring Quarter + Summer (March – August)
Spring Quarter + Summer + Fall Quarter (March – December)
Spring Quarter + Summer + Fall Quarter + Winter Quarter (March – March)

Program Strengths

The Language Program offers an intensive and well established English learning program. This program focuses on advancing English skills for students' improved communication in their future education and/or career.

Number of Classroom Hours Per Week

20 hours per week

Number of Levels

Levels 1-5

Elective Courses Offered

  • American Culture Through Film'
  • American Culture Through Music
  • American Culture Through Sports
  • Evening Advanced Conversation
  • Grammar 4
  • IELTS Preparation
  • Intermediate Conversation
  • Pronunciation
  • TOEFL Preparation
  • Vocabulary & Idioms

Progression or Concurrent Notes

There are no progression or concurrent options at University of Washington.

Housing Type

Fall: On campus
Spring: On campus, Nordheim


Fall: Meal plan
Spring: Self-catered

Type of Room

Guaranteed housing, varies
Student Life

Co-/Extra-Curricular Opportunities or Programs

SAF Scholars have the opportunity to practice language skills with conversation partners. An experimental college allows students to take noncredit classes in artistically enriching topics such as dancing, cooking and acting during inexpensive evening and weekend courses. There are also plenty of opportunities for SAF Scholars to volunteer and attend sporting events on campus.

Life on Campus

Along with being a beautiful city, Seattle is home to world-class museums, galleries, an aquarium and zoo. Biking, hiking, camping, boating and skiing are all common outdoor activities that active scholars may enjoy. Or they can leisurely take in the views of mountains, rivers, lakes and forests during their free time.

Last Updated: 1/9/19