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Central Washington University
Office of International Studies and Programs
Hebeler Hall 102
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7408

University English as a Second Language Program

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Central Washington University’s UESL (University as a Second Language) Program offers an intensive English language curriculum for students at intermediate level and above. Outside of classes, students will enjoy an immersive experience at CWU as fully-integrated members of the university community. UESL students will have opportunities to join extracurricular programs and activities sponsored by the Office of International Studies and programs for CWU’s diverse international student population. They can also take part in the many campus-wide activities offered to all students at the university. Most UESL students choose to live in one of the convenient on-campus residence halls (dormitories).

The Mission of Central Washington University’s UESL Program is:

  • to provide high-quality English language instruction, university preparation, and student services in a supportive, friendly, and respectful environment;
  • to help students meet their personal, academic, and professional goals;
  • to foster global understanding, sensitivity, and engagement;
  • to enhance CWU’s diversity and further internationalize the campus environment.


  • Meet with friendly, well-qualified teachers
  • Study a challenging academic curriculum on a beautiful campus
  • Get to know American students and students from all over the world


  • Enjoy activities and trips in the local area
  • Take part in campus activities and volunteer in the community
  • Meet and make friends among CWU’s diverse student body


  • Study in a small, safe town of Ellensburg, Washington, located about 2 hours from Seattle (with regular bus/shuttle service between the two)
  • Live on-campus and experience college life in the US
  • Enjoy CWU’s recreational and dining facilities
  • Use convenient free local public transportation
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