Study in Washington

Washington State has over 50 schools to choose from – Here is some information to help you start looking!

Program Length: Variable – dependent on starting English skill level

Typical admission requirements: none

Schools: English Language Schools, Community Colleges, Technical Colleges, Universities

  • Students of all ages and English abilities can improve their English
    abilities at one of the many English Language Programs in Washington
  • Many academic institutions like community colleges and universities
    have English ability requirements to begin studying in degree programs.
  • Many programs offered at community colleges and universities place
    additional focus on developing academic writing and reading skills.
  • Many programs at language schools have agreements to allow students
    to begin academic studies at community colleges or universities when the
    students complete their program at the language school.

    List of Schools with English Language Programs


Program Length: Two years

Typical admission requirements: Completion of 10 years of education

Schools: Community Colleges, Technical Colleges

  • Washington State is one of the only states in the U.S. to offer this program.
  • High school students have the opportunity to finish their last two
    years of High School and first two years of their Associate’s Degree at
    the same time.
  • After receiving both their Diploma and Associate’s degree, students
    can transfer to any four-year college or university to complete their
    Bachelor’s degree in two more years.

Schools offering High School completion programs


Program Length: Usually two years

Typical admission requirements:  High school graduation or high school completion program (above).

Schools: Community Colleges, Technical Colleges

  • Associate’s degrees are offered in many of the same fields as bachelor’s degrees.
  • Some Associate’s degrees are also available in technical fields
    which do not typically have bachelor’s degrees available, including many
    medical fields.
  • Many students use these Associate’s degrees to substitute for the
    first two years of their Bachelor’s degrees.  Many of the classes in
    Associate’s degrees are identical in content to classes in the first two
    years of a bachelor’s degree program.
  • Many schools that offer Associate’s degrees also have transfer
    agreements with universities and colleges in Washington to allow smooth
    transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree.

Schools offering Associate’s Degrees

Program Length: Approximately four years.

Typical admission requirements: High school graduation.

Schools: Four year colleges, state colleges, and universities.

  • Bachelor’s degrees are undergraduate degrees that are designed to be completed in four years.
  • Many students ‘transfer’ from a community or technical college with a
    completed associate’s degree.  ‘Transfer students’ typically take two
    more years to complete their bachelor’s degree program.
  • Admissions requirements may be different for ‘freshman’ students
    (students who are starting the first year of a four-year degree) and
    ‘transfer’ students who have completed two years at a community college.
  • Bachelor’s degrees are usually required to begin Graduate programs.

Schools offering Bachelor’s Degrees


Program Length: Approximately two years

Typical admission requirements: Completed Bachelor’s degree

Schools: Universities

  • Master’s degrees are graduate degrees which are typically completed in two or three years.
  • Master’s degrees may be in the same fields as Bachelor’s degrees, but many are more specialized than Bachelor’s degrees.
  • Some fields are only available as Master’s degrees.
  • Master’s degree programs are often competitive and have a much
    smaller and more limited number of students in each program.Schools with
    Master’s degree programs

Program Length: Two to eight years

Typical admission requirements: Bachelor’s degree, or Master’s degree.

Schools: Universities

  • Doctoral programs are terminal degrees in a specific field of study.
  • Doctoral programs require from two to eight years of study – typically students with lower degrees need more time to finish the program.
  • Most students in doctoral programs have completed Master’s degrees.
  • Examples of doctoral degrees are the PhD, Ed.D, and even other degree types like the DFA (Doctor of Fine Arts) or DBA (Doctor of Business Administration)Schools with Doctoral programs