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South Seattle College’s English as a Second Language (ESL) is called Intensive English Program (IEP). Our ESL or Intensive English Program is primarily designed for international students who are preparing to enroll in college/university level course. Our classes are small and interactive. Most of our students who complete our Intensive English Program enroll in the 2 + 2 Transfer Program and then transfer to many universities across the United States.

Admission to the ESL/IEP

Anyone who is over 16 years of age is welcome to learn American English! Students must apply to attend South Seattle College. Please visit the How To Apply page for information on admission to this program. No test score or high school GPA minimum is required for admission.

How do you choose my level?

Students will take a placement English test before classes start at South Seattle College. This test is not given off campus. This test has reading, listening, and writing sections. After your test results are given to the Center for International Education, you will also take a writing sample. You will be placed in the appropriate level according to the results of the placement and writing sample. You will have an advising appointment to determine which level you will start in and what classes you can take.

Do I have to take the ESL/IEP?

You do not have to take the IEP if you have TOEFL iBT 72 (with a minimum 18 on all sections), IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum 5.5 on all sections), or ACT: English 19, Reading 19 and Math 22 scores. You will be placed directly in the college/university level courses.

Will I be able to begin taking college courses when I finish the IEP?

Yes! Students who complete the Intensive English Program successfully can begin college classes immediately and without retesting.

How is our ESL/IEP program set up?

  • 5 – levels from beginning to advanced
  • Levels 1 and 2 concentrate on Grammar, Reading, Speaking and Listening
  • Levels 3 and 4 concentrate on Speaking, Listening, Writing and International Student Development (ISD) class which provides orientation to college academic life
  • Level 5 concentrates on Writing and Reading with one college level classes from the following list:
  • American History American College International Relations Health & Wellness Keyboarding
    Math Fitness Art Choir Music
  • Includes 4 instructional hours/day, 5 days/week during Fall, Winter and Spring quarters. Summer quarter is an accelerated 8-week program with 6 hours/day, 4 days/week.
  • 20 hours/week of instruction
  • Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer intake

NEW IEP Tuition policy

  • Withdrawal from class prior to the first day of class = 100% refund
  • Withdrawal from class within first five calendar days = 80% refund
  • Withdrawal from class within sixth - fourteenth calendar days = 50% refund
  • Withdrawal from class after fourteenth calendar day = 0 (no refund)

Meet Our IEP Students

Arlette Tsongo Kavira (Democratic Republic of Congo)

"I stay at South because they have many teachers who really care. The IEP classes at South really helped me a lot."

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South Seattle College: The Center for International Education

6000 16th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA 98106 | Phone: +1-206-934-5360 | Fax: +1-206-934-5836 | | Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:30pm