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

WorldCat Institute Program Information

Overview: 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: February-March and July-August (1-6 week sessions)

Housing: Students are 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.

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

Curriculum: Students take a placement test on arrival to determine their appropriate level. The four core courses are reading, writing, grammar, and oral communication. Each course meets Monday through Friday for 20 hours of instruction per week.

The curriculum focuses on developing English language proficiency and communication skills for an academic environment. Groups may customize the curriculum to meet their specific needs.

CWU students lead an afternoon conversation group designed so WorldCat students may interact with the campus and local community through project-based learning. It is overseen by classroom instructors.

Certificate: The program concludes with a graduation banquet where students are awarded certificates of participation. Detailed grade reports can be made available, if needed.

Instructors: 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 tour the state of Washington. Activities may include the Future of Flight Aviation Center (Boeing), the Microsoft Visitors Center, Leavenworth, a Seattle Mariners baseball game, the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, a local windfarm, a dam, and a local waterfall.


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