WorldCat Institute Program Information

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The WorldCat Institute is a one- to six-week academic and cultural experience program at Central Washington University. It consists of intensive English language training, conversation partners, afternoon activities, and weekend excursions. Program fees cover tuition, materials, in-country transportation, cultural excursions, and room and board for the length of stay.

Available Dates:

Programs can generally be scheduled during February-March and July-August (for sessions lasting from 1 to 6 weeks). Contact WorldCat Institute for more information about these and/or alternative time periods.


Students are generally housed in a campus residence hall with choice of single or double room, and a shared bathroom. Rooms are furnished with beds, desks and chairs, closets and a micro-fridge. Bed linens are provided and coin-operated laundry facilities are available. If university housing is not available, students are housed in local hotels, with transportation provided to and from campus.


All classes are taught in CWU classrooms. All classrooms have Wi-Fi capabilities.


The program concludes with a graduation banquet where students are awarded certificates of participation. Detailed grade reports can be made available upon request.


The instructors are experienced English as a Second or Foreign Language teachers with Master’s degrees.


The instructors are qualified to teach English as a Second or Foreign Language at the master’s level.

Weekday field trips:

Weekday field trips supplement what students learn in the classroom. They may include visits to local museums, businesses, state parks, and recreational activities such as river rafting, hiking, bowling, barbecues, and shopping.

Weekend activities:

On weekends, students take part in excursions to various locations in Washington state. Activities may include visits to the Future of Flight Aviation Center (Boeing), the Microsoft Visitors Center, the mountain town of Leavenworth, a Seattle Mariners baseball game (in July/August), Seattle’s Space Needle and Pike Place Market, and closer to Ellensburg, a local windfarm, Native American heritage center, and waterfall.

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