International Students

The IELP Program offers students:

  • Four levels of study
  • The best computer language center available anywhere in Washington
  • Classes held on-campus, with instructions by regular SFCC faculty
  • ESL students are part of the regular student population, and can join in all student activities, including the International Club, the Peer Mentor Program, and any of the 30 other student clubs on campus.
  • Upon completion of the ESL program, students receive an unconditional acceptance to both Spokane Falls Community College and Spokane Community College without having to submit a TOEFL score.
  • A dynamic learning experience, in a pleasant and secure environment.

IELP classes are held on the SFCC campus. The student's program in the IELP begins upon arrival to campus. At that time, the student is administered a language placement examination that measures their English language ability in two primary areas: listening comprehension and reading comprehension. Currently, the IELP is using the Secondary Level English Proficiency Test (SLEP) as placement examination.

Students who complete the IELP program and the Associate of Arts degree at Spokane Community College will be offered a guaranteed transfer to one of SFCC's five university partners.

Program Brochures

Program Details

20 hours per week:
  • 15 credits of integrated core classes, combining reading, vocabulary development, writing, research techniques, grammar, listening, speaking and pronunciation in each class. – Learn the skills you need to become proficient in English and successful in any academic setting.
  • 5-credit project-based class, English in Action, applies to the AA degree. – Use all your English language skills in the classroom, on campus and in the community in a new project each quarter.
Four levels:
  • 50-level: high beginner
  • 60-level: lower intermediate
  • 70-level: intermediate
  • 80-level: upper intermediate/advanced

Program Classes

Interactive and communicative classes

  • Talk with classmates and instructors about what you are reading, writing and listening to every day. Give presentations, debate, solve problems and learn strategies for successful interaction in college classes and professional settings.
  • Blog in English, create class websites, write online journals, and listen to/watch internet videos.
  • Practice speaking and listening to classmates from around the world. The IELP has hosted students from Brazil, Japan, Chile, South Korea, Mexico, the Ukraine, Taiwan, India, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Germany, Benin, Ghana etc
  • All English language classes are held in classrooms with internet access, projectors, and DVD/CD players.
  • Practice what you learn in class in the language learning computer center. State-of-the-art software programs help students increase vocabulary, improve pronunciation, develop reading speed and comprehension, and offer students the opportunity to apply English grammar in a variety of situations.

Program Tuition

Tuition for the IELP is $3,150.