How to Apply

Applicants must be at least 17 years old at the time of IEP enrollment. Questions about the application can be directed to

Step 1: Prepare supporting documents

  • Financial guarantee, quoted in US dollars
    • An official bank statement or sponsor letter in English
    • You must verify that you have the amount indicated on the IEP application for each quarter you want to study
  • Copy of passport or government issued identification card
  • $100 application fee will be assessed after the IEP Office receives your completed application and supporting documents

Step 2: Complete application(s)

Students who defer enrollment more than two times or whose application is more than 6 months old, must submit a new application, fee, and supporting documents to be considered for admission to the IEP.

Step 3: Mail application(s) and supporting documents

  • Submit the IEP application, conditional undergraduate admission application, and all supporting documents by:
    • Email:
    • Mail: Intensive English Program
      516 High Street MS 9102
      Bellingham, Washington 98225
  • It will take 2-3 days to process complete applications. If you are accepted to the program, your I-20 and acceptance letter will arrive in 2-3 weeks.

Step 4: SEVIS and F-1 visa interview

After receiving your acceptance documents and I-20 form, contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to schedule a visa interview. You must show proof of SEVIS fee payment at your visa interview.

Step 5: Confirm arrival and apply for on campus housing

To secure a place in the Intensive English Program, students must confirm their arrival by completing the Attendance Form. This form will be included in the acceptance packet. The Attendance Form includes:

  • On campus housing application
    • Apply for housing after receiving F-1 student visa
  • Arrival assistance information
    • IEP provides free pick-up for students in the Bellingham area