Featured Students

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Ezgi O.

I'm from Istanbul, Turkey. I'm majoring in Business/Economics and I also play volleyball for Seattle University. I chose to come to the US to get a good education and be able to continue my volleyball career at the same time!

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Maiko M.

I’m exchange student from Japan, and I am majoring in business in Seattle University.  Also I’m excited to take Woman and Gender studies classes here. This is one of the reasons why I decided to come and study in Seattle University!

A map of the origin countries of the ELCB students for 19FQ: Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey

In the 2019 Fall Quarter, the ELCB had students from Canada, China, Congo, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Indonesia, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Turkey.

Admission Requirements

The ELCB Program is open to all Seattle University students who are non-native speakers of English and wish to improve their academic English language skills. Students whose English proficiency is:

  • between 68 and 91 points (Undergraduate) or 86 and 91 (Graduate) on iBT TOEFL or equivalent score on other accepted tests are required to attend the ELCB Program.
  • 92 points or above on iBT TOEFL or equivalent score on other accepted tests are not required to go through ELCB Program but are welcome to take ELCB courses if they so desire.

For more information about Proof of English Proficiency Requirement, please visit Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions

Important Note: The ELCB Program is only available to students who are already accepted into Seattle University. The English Language and Culture Bridge is not an intensive English program.

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Students Admitted to SU & ELCB

Congratulations on your acceptance to Seattle University! If you have been accepted with the ELCB requirement or you would like to take ELCB classes, here is what to expect:

  • Registration: If you have an ELCB requirement, you will not be able to register for classes on your own due to the ELCB hold. Please contact your adviser to register you for the appropriate course(s). If you don’t have to take ELCB classes but you would like to register for one, please reach out to us or an advisor for more information.
  • The Placement Essay Test: On the first day of ELCB writing classes you will take the mandatory Placement Essay Test. The purpose of the Placement Essay Test is to allow students an opportunity to demonstrate the quality of their writing and to make sure that they are placed in the correct level. Placement Essay Tests are evaluated by the university faculty and the staff of the ELCB Program. You do not need to prepare for the test; just come to the first class on time.
  • Program Schedule: You need to take ELCB classes as soon as possible as they prepare you for the rest of your studies at SU. Typically, students complete the ELCB requirement in their first two quarters at SU. Any deferment needs to be approved by the ELLC Director. The program is offered during the fall, winter, and spring quarters; however, not all courses are offered every quarter.
  • Credits: Credits for ELCB courses are not applicable toward graduation requirements. However, ELCB courses count toward the full-time load for international students and grades are shown on students’ transcripts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Other Questions?

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have.  Contact the ELLC at 206-296-6064 or the Sr. Program Assistant at reynoldj@seattleu.edu.