Seattle University welcomes international students from all over the world

Together, the university and the global city around it are inspirational, innovative centers of learning. We know that coming to Seattle University is one of the biggest decisions of your academic life. We’re here to help you find the best educational pathway for you.

Global Engagement is a strategic priority at Seattle University. Students and faculty benefit from partnerships with other global educational leaders throughout the world. Seattle University offers a number of pathways and programs that allow students to experience the world.

English Language Learning Center helps students prepare for academic success by strengthening your background in American English and culture. They offer courses in university-level reading, writing, grammar, listening and speaking.

ELS Language Center (US centers only) students who complete level 112 with a 3.0 grade point average will be considered for the undergraduate SU English Language Learning Center. For more information on the ELS program visit the English Language Learning Center website, or you can contact the Seattle center directly at (206) 623-1481

Intensive English Pathways

University of Washington Intensive English Program (UW-IEP) Students who complete the University of Washington Intensive English Program (UW-IEP) the University Track with grades of a 3.0 or higher will be considered as having satisfied English proficiency at Seattle University. English assessment will still be required at Seattle University for proper course-level placement, but no TOEFL or IELTS is necessary. For more information visit the UW-IEP web site, or you can call or email them directly at (206) 543-6242;

Seattle Central College Pathway Program Seattle University will provide a letter of conditional admission to undergraduate students who apply and are admitted to Seattle University, subject to the student successfully completing Level 6 of Seattle Central College's Bridge program, as well as any other conditions that are required to be met. Seattle University will also accept and transfer approved college-level courses that are taken as part of the Pathway Program and passed with the requisite GPA. To learn more about this University Prep Pathway, contact

Transfer Pathways

We welcome students who earn associate's degrees from our partners and meet specific admissions criteria to transfer to SU to earn a bachelor degree.

Bellevue College

Edmonds Community College

Everett Community College

Green River College

Seattle Colleges

Shoreline Community College

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