Washington State University

The IALC is located in Pullman, Washington. Pullman is a college town of 31,000 set in the rolling hills of the Palouse region of eastern Washington.

Washington State University

The Washington State University Difference

Washington State University (WSU),  established in 1890, is a top ranked state university in the USA. The university’s diverse student body of over 28,000 students come from all 50 states and includes over 1,900 international students from 98 countries. Students can choose from more than 200 fields of study, many of which have been honored nationally and internationally for excellence.

International students can begin their studies at the Washington State University Intensive American Language Center (WSU IALC) with full-time intensive English studies and then seamlessly move into their undergraduate or graduate study programs. While studying at the Intensive American Language Center students learn academic English, gain cultural understanding and experience, and develop foundational academic skills for their academic success.

Why You Should Choose to Study at Washington State University

At Washington State University, students learn from caring professors who help them to be successful. Faculty mentors accept students into their research teams in almost every area of study. Students are encouraged to be involved in academic research and scholarship activities, regardless of major.

  • 95 undergraduate majors and nearly 150 graduate and professional degree programs, including:
    • A variety of Engineering specialties
    • Business
    • Agriculture
    • Veterinary medicine
    • Communication
  • Research opportunities
  • Internships
  • Scholarships

Washington State University

The Washington State University Intensive American Language Center

The Washington State University Intensive American Language Center (WSU IALC) provides a safe and supportive environment in which to live and study. Founded in 1984, the IALC offers five eight-week sessions per calendar year. Students are enrolled in one of 6 levels of language instruction and are required to participate in 21-24 hours of instruction per week. Completion of the IALC level 5 will be accepted in lieu of a TOEFL or IELTS exam score for undergraduate admission. Completion of level 6 will be accepted in lieu of a TOEFL or IELTS exam score for graduate school admission.

 Students are prepared for academic success through core English classes:

  • Reading/Composition
  • Listening/Speaking
  • Grammar
  • Special elective classes based on academic and cultural interests

With a highly qualified faculty, and modern teaching methods and materials, the IALC offers an outstanding opportunity for students wishing to pursue a rigorous course of studies. Instructors at the IALC hold advanced degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language, and they bring diverse training and experience to our classes. Student services and support are provided by a friendly and helpful office staff.

Washington State University

Additional services provided:

  • Free airport pickup from the Pullman/Moscow airport
  • Comprehensive placement test
  • Extensive orientation

Washington State University

Students may apply directly to the Intensive American Language Center. If they wish to receive a conditional admission offer for one of Washington State University’s Undergraduate Programs, they will need to apply to the Intensive American Language Center at the same time they apply for admission to Washington State University.

Pullman, Washington

With rolling hills, national forests, lakes, white-water rivers and rugged canyons, there are many recreational activities within ten minutes to an hour's drive from Pullman. The small town atmosphere and low crime rate enhance the unique opportunities available in this friendly, culturally diverse community.


Over 20 residence halls, conveniently located near classrooms and dining centers, provide space for students to live and interact on campus. Students have the opportunity to live with other like-minded students as many residence halls focus around particular academic, social or international issues: Global Scholars Hall, Honors Hall, Wellness Hall and a Math, Science and Engineering Hall.

Students can also find housing in on-campus apartments or live in nearby apartments off-campus that are available within walking distance to the university.

Washington State University

University Facilities & Services

  • Free public transit system
  • Free access to internet and computer labs
  • Modern libraries
  • Student Health & Wellness Center
  • Dining services, restaurants and coffee shops
  • Art gallery, concerts and special lectures
  • Writing, mathematics, and tutoring centers
  • Office of International Programs to support student needs

All students have access to WSU’s state-of-the-art Student Recreation Center.

  • 160,000 square foot fitness center with a lap pool, leisure pool, spa, courts for volleyball, basketball, indoor soccer and other sports, weight rooms and cardio equipment
  • Wellness programs: massage therapy, personal trainers, physical assessment, weight loss program and more

Student Activities

You will feel welcomed and supported in all that you wish to do. You will create lifelong friendships and deepen your awareness of the world by participating in a wide range of activities.

  • Orientation programs
  • Friends and Family programming
  • Conversation Partner programs
  • International Education Week
  • 300+ active international and cultural clubs
  • Excursions to local historical sites, adventure locations, and attractions
  • Global Learning opportunities, including options to study abroad
  • Honors College programs
  • Opportunities for employment on campus

Please contact us with any questions you may have or requests for information about studying at Washington State University. 


$25,000—$30,000 Year

Fast facts

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Top Programs

Business, Engineering, Science

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Type of School

University/Intensive English Program

  • School Size

  • Student Body Gender

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

    Small/College town
  • Accreditation and Certification

    CEA, EnglishUSA Member, NWCCU
  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory
  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 70+

Pullman WA
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