To content

Did you miss the presentation?

Watch the recording here!

Improve Your English in the US!

Intensive English Program at Western Washington University

Would you like to improve your English and study in one of the most beautiful regions in the US? The Intensive English Program (IEP) at Western Washington University gives TU Dortmund University's students more confidence in the English language and even offers full scholarships for one quarter in the US.

The CEA accredited Intensive English Program (IEP) at the partner school Western Washington University is comprised of English language courses that prepare international students for studying in the US and improve one's general language level.

Read more about the experience in the program in the testimonials!

Who should apply to the program?

The program is best suited for bachelor students with a lower English level, up to about B1, but  all students may apply. Especially the Zauchner scholarship is best suited to very motivated students with a lower level of English.

When does the program take place?

The intensive language classes (24 hours per week) are divided into 6 levels and last an entire quarter (approximately three months). The following quarters are available,  and for those who can pay for the program on their own the application deadlines can be very late (application should be sent directly to the IEP team up to approximately 6 weeks before the program start):

  • Fall Quarter: Mid-September until Early December
  • Winter Quarter: Early January until Late March 
  • Spring Quarter: Early April until Mid-June 


German and Austrian citizens can apply for the Joe and Anneliese Zauchner Intensive English Study Scholarship (includes a full tuition waiver, rent in the dormitory and 95x meals in the cafeteria). 

Please note the earlier application deadlines for this program:

  • Fall Quarter (Sep-Nov): Apply in March
  • Winter Quarter (Jan-Mar): Apply in June/July
  • Spring Quarter (Mar-Jun): Apply in September/October

Start the application early: You will need to complete a free three-hour online language assessment before the application deadline (can be taken over several days). Also, you will need two letters of recommendation. 

All students who do not receive or are not eligible for the Zauchner scholarship may apply for a PROMOS scholarship from TU Dortmund University (funded by the BMBF/DAAD). 

Scholarship Amount

Each quarter we can give one scholarship. The amount depends on whether or not you receive AuslandsBAföG for the IEP:

  • Students without  AuslandsBAföG: 2,625 EUR (2024)
    Stipend for living expenses 450 EUR/month for 3 months + travel stipend 1,275 EUR
    Denial notice from the Studierendenwerk Hamburg (for AuslandsBAföG) necessary
  • Students with AuslandsBAföG: 1,350 EUR (2024)
    Stipend for living expenses 450 EUR/month for 3 months

Your Tasks as a Scholarship Recipient

Show us your everyday (campus) life and share parts of your life with us while you are abroad! Use the hashtag #TUstoryteller and #tustoriesfromabroad in your own posts and link to our Instagram Account tudo_international!  

In addition to the activities of your own social media accounts, we will ask you to provide content for tudo_international and to write about your experiences in Bellingham as a Study Abroad Storyteller.

Application Deadline

Apply up to four months before the start of the program. Applicants will be notified within a month of the deadline. If you miss the deadline you may still apply, and if the scholarship is still available, we may be able to award it to you.

Application Documents

  • online application form 
  • Statement of Purpose (German or English)
  • CV/resumé
  • Admission letter for the IEP (can be sent later)
  • Transcripts of records
  • Confirmation of your GPA ("Notendurchschnitt") from the Examinations Office
    Typically we expect a GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Current Certificate of Enrollment
  • Letter from AuslandsBAföG (can be sent later)

Send the complete application to the International Office (going-abroad(at) via e-mail.

TU Dortmund University students receive 10% reduction of the program fees. If at least four fee-paying students participate at the same time, the fees will be reduced by 15%.

Check to see if you could receive AuslandsBAföG for this program (especially students studying to become English teachers or students with open elective courses). 


E-mail Inquiries

General inquiries: going-abroad
Erasmus+ study abroad: erasmus-outgoings

Office Hours

(Only) Erasmus+ Study Abroad:

Office hours via telephone/zoom Hella Koschinski: by prior arrangement
Tel.: 0231 755-6247

Office hours in presence: only with appointment
Tue 9:00-12:00

General Inquiries - Outgoings (Studies/Internships/Short Programs):

Office hours via telephone / Skype (laura-hope) / Zoom (please send a link when you are online):  without appointment, open
Mon-Tue 10:00-11:30 & 13:30-15:00 (No Advising 24.4-1.5.)
Tel.: 0231 755-4728      

Office hours in presence:  only with appointment
New appointments will be released 14 days in advance. If no appointments are shown as available, this means that all appointments for this time period are already booked.