How to Apply

Please follow the following steps to apply for the Intensive English Program:
Applicants must have completed high school and be at least 18 years old.

Step 1: Prepare the supporting documents

  1. A financial guarantee, quoted in US funds.
    1. An official bank/financial statement, letter or certificate verifying the financial finds available in US dollars (USD) and in English
    2. You must verify that you have the amount indicated on the IEP application for EACH quarter you want to study
  2. A $100 application fee
    Credit Card Authorization Form: DOC file
    Credit Card Authorization Form: PDF file
  3. A copy of your passport or government issued identification card
  4. Optional fees:
    $200 - If IEP will pay your SEVIS fee

Step 2: Complete the IEP application

  1. A completed Intensive English Program application
    IEP Application: DOC file
    IEP Application: PDF file
  2. Questions about the application can be directed to:

  3. Optional application:
    Complete the conditional undergraduate admission application

To find the conditional admission application, please visit this website:

Step 3: Mail the application(s) and supporting documents

  1. Send the IEP application, conditional undergraduate admission application, and all supporting documents to:
  2. Western Washington University
    Intensive English Program
    516 High Street MS 9102
    Bellingham, Washington 98225

  3. After we receive the IEP application and all the necessary documents, it will take us between 3-5 days to process your application.  If you are accepted to the program, your I-20 and acceptance letter will arrive in 2-3 weeks.

Conditional admission: You must apply to Western’s undergraduate admissions office for conditional admission. IEP does not provide conditional admission; it is only through Western’s admissions office.

To find the conditional admission application, please visit this website:
Please send your Western Washington University conditional admission application to the IEP office. We will bring it to the admissions office.

Step 4: SEVIS fee and F-1 visa interview

After receiving your acceptance documents and I-20 form, contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to schedule an F-1 visa interview appointment. Also, remember to pay the $200 SEVIS fee. Instructions can be found here: SEVIS Information

Step 5: Apply for IEP housing
You may apply for IEP housing after you have received your F-1 student visa. Please find our housing application here:
Housing application: DOC file
Housing application: PDF file

If you are a transfer student or will not apply for an F-1 student visa, please apply for housing now.

For more information about housing options, please visit the housing page

Step 6: Confirm your arrival
To secure your place in the Intensive English Program please confirm your arrival by completing the confirmation of arrival form:
Confirmation of arrival form: DOC file
Confirmation of arrival form: PDF file

You can indicate that you need arrival assistance from the Bellingham airport, train or bus station on this form. The IEP provides free pick-up for students in the Bellingham area.

*Students who defer enrollment more than two times or who’s application is more than 6 months old, must submit a new application, fee, and supporting documents to be admitted into the IEP.

Page Updated 02.18.2014