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Office of International Programs

Website: www.washburn.edu/iip

Baili Zhang, Director
Kelly McClendon, Coordinator and Lecturer, Intensive English Program
Michala Keeler, International Student Advisor
Heidi Staerkel, Coordinator, International Student Services
Tina Williams, Coordinator, Study Abroad
Andy Vogel, Coordinator, International Student Recruitment/Retention

Mission

Consistent with Washburn University’s vision, mission, and core values, the Office of International Programs (OIP) leads and coordinates the institution’s effort to provide a level of global competence commensurate with the needs of students, faculty, and staff. Through International Students Services, Study Abroad, Intensive English, and other programs and initiatives, the OIP serves as the resource and support center for all international endeavors to promote global understanding within the university learning community and beyond.

The Office

The Office of International Programs is located in the International House, directly west of Memorial Union. Services coordinated by the director and staff include oversight of the International Washburn Transformational Experience, international student advising, assistance with study abroad, assistance to faculty and administrative officials who wish to present papers or do short-term projects abroad, assistance to international students, hosting of international guests to campus, development and maintenance of relationships with foreign universities and international programming on campus. The director also serves as university liaison to the International Center of Topeka, Inc., a community group of about fifty members interested and involved in international issues.

Study Abroad

Program Mission

The mission of Study Abroad is to provide Washburn University students with education opportunities that combine academic rigor with experiential and cultural learning through immersion in international destinations. We are committed to advising students and faculty on international education opportunities and maintaining collaborations with international partner universities and study abroad program providers. 

Types of Study Abroad Programs

Washburn University supports three types of study abroad programs. For more information regarding these programs refer to the International Education Transformational Experience at the beginning of this catalog section.

Whatever type of program is chosen, participants must complete the Study Abroad Program Application process for approval. Students may also complete a Study Abroad Scholarship Application. The applications are available online at https://washburn.studioabroad.com. The Department of Modern Languages reviews Study Abroad Program and Modern Languages Scholarship Applications for students who have declared Foreign Language as their major or minor.

Scholarships and Financial Aid for Study Abroad

The Office of International Programs Scholarship Committee recommends scholarships from designated endowments and WTE funds for qualified students who wish to study abroad to fulfill the WTE opportunity and other purposes. To be eligible for a scholarship a student must be a currently enrolled degree seeking student at WU and have completed a minimum of 12 hours at WU with a minimum C average. (Extenuating circumstances may be considered - check with the Study Abroad Coordinator.) Students may also apply most other types of financial aid, including student loans, toward the cost of their study abroad programs.

Transfer of Academic Credit Earned at Foreign Institutions

Students participating in credit bearing study abroad programs are required to complete a Study Abroad Credit Transfer Form with the Study Abroad Coordinator prior to beginning their program. This form confirms that the student consulted with his/her academic advisor and that the academic advisor approves the proposed program of study.

This also serves as a guarantee to the student that his/her credits will be transferred to his/her Washburn transcript upon successful completion of the program. A letter grade will only be posted if the course is required for the student’s major or minor academic program. All other course work is posted as credit. All attempted coursework abroad will be reflected on the Washburn transcript, including failing grades. However, students will not earn credit for failed courses.

Study Abroad Programs

Washburn has study abroad exchange programs in Austria, France, Germany, Mexico, Paraguay, Spain, and Sweden. In addition, Washburn belongs to the Magellan Exchange consortium, which provides additional opportunities in Belgium, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, The Netherlands, Serbia, and South Korea. Washburn Faculty also develop and offer short term study abroad programs in a variety of locations each year. Programs in many other countries can also be arranged through study abroad program providers, other US schools and consortiums.

Study Abroad Courses

Students who are planning to participate in an approved program in which they intend to transfer foreign credit will enroll in the appropriate Interdisciplinary Studies course(s) after consultation with the Study Abroad Coordinator.

Courses require instructor's consent.

IS 201  Study Abroad  (0-18)  

Approved study abroad program coordinated by the Office of International Programs.

IS 203  Study Abroad  (1-18)  

Approved study abroad program coordinated by the Office of International Programs.

IS 301  Study Abroad  (0-18)  

Approved study abroad program coordinated by the Office of International Programs.

IS 303  Study Abroad  (1-22)  

Approved study abroad program coordinated by the Office of International Programs.

IS 221  Study Abroad External Program  (0-18)  

Approved external (non-Washburn) study abroad program coordinated by the Office of International Programs.

IS 321  Study Abroad-US Host University  (0-18)  

Approved study abroad program hosted by another U.S. institution coordinated by the Office of International Programs. Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor.

IS 420  Study Abroad Internal Program  (1-18)  

Approved senior- or graduate-level study abroad programs coordinated by the Office of International Programs.

IS 421  Study Abroad External Program  (0-18)  

Approved study abroad programs for senior- or graduate-level hosted by another US institution.

Intensive English Program

Website: www.washburn.edu/iip

Program Mission

The mission of the Intensive English Program (IEP) is to offer leveled English language courses to prepare international students and other non-native English speakers for success in degree programs at the university and other academic and community settings. The IEP is committed to supporting the university’s values of academic excellence and cross-cultural understanding.

Washburn University Assessment – Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the IEP, students will be able to:

  • PSLO 1: write short essays, present short academic speeches, and participate in social conversations with minimal grammar errors after applying linguistic knowledge and using strategies to find and correct their own errors.
  • PSLO 2: read at 180 words per minute with 80% comprehension in order to succeed in courses with required college-level (low-advanced) reading.
  • PSLO 3: take relevant and organized notes from short lectures and deliver a college-level speech and presentation with clear points, organization, and proper citations.
  • PSLO 4: write a college level paper organized in the American style of discourse and academic vocabulary with some research and proper citations included.
  • PSLO 5: degree-seeking students will be able to identify resources on campus for success in the college classroom, self-reflect on study skills needed for the college classroom, increase communicative competence in English through authentic language practice, increase their comfort level of working on a multicultural team, and present about reflections on cultural adjustment lessons learned.

Curriculum

Three levels (I, II, and III) in each of three areas are available spring and fall semester: Reading Comprehension, Speaking and Understanding, and Writing, which also has an additional course offered for graduate level students. A fourth area in cultural experience (IE 091 Language in Context Seminar I/IE 092 Language in Context Seminar II) is offered to all full time Intensive English students. Two additional courses (IE 070 Intensive English-Acad Purp I and IE 100 Intensive English-Acad Purp II) offered are not part of the required levels in the program but may be offered as special topics or for short-term exchange/visiting students. All classes follow the University schedule and meet five hours per week in class each semester (15-16 weeks). A full-time student typically takes four courses and receives 18 hours of classroom instruction for 12 - 13 credit hours.

Students can utilize the University Writing Center and the ESL Class sponsored by the ICT, which may be one-on-one or small group instruction provided by or associated with the University. These services are free of charge to the students. In addition, students have full access to other University services and facilities, such as the health center, computer labs, libraries, and athletic events/facilities, free of charge.

Credit

Students receive academic credit for all courses taken in the IEP. However, only the 200-level courses can be applied toward degree programs as general electives (for non-native speaking students). Please note: International students who receive funding from their governments may not be able to apply the IEP courses toward their degree. Please check with the program coordinator ahead of time about this stipulation.

Admission

Prospective students are encouraged to contact the program coordinator before enrolling. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is not required for admission to the IEP. However, an in-house placement test is offered one week before classes begin each semester to aid in evaluating proper placement in the IEP courses. After completing the IEP, students can enter University degree programs without a TOEFL score if that program does not require a specific score above the undergraduate Washburn University English proficiency requirements. Those who need only part-time enrollment in the IEP can take for-credit academic courses concurrently with the approval of the IEP.

Course Offerings

Cultural Context

IE 091 Language in Context Seminar I (2 s.h.)

IE 092 Language in Context Seminar II (2 s.h.) 

These two different courses give international students unique opportunities to experience language in local cultural contexts and challenge their application of the English language. Students will go on field trips and hear guest speakers from diverse backgrounds on relevant topics to the international student. Students will be required to complete a project and write a journal with reflections on their experiences. IE 091 Language in Context Seminar I is offered in the fall and IE 092 Language in Context Seminar II is offered in the spring. These courses meet for one-three hours per week but do not count toward the 120 hour baccalaureate degree requirement. Fulltime Intensive English students are required to enroll in these courses. No prerequisite. Repeatable.

Reading Comprehension

IE 072 Reading Comprehension for Academic Purposes I (4 s.h.) 

IE 102 Reading Comprehension for Academic Purposes II (4 s.h.) Prerequisites: IE 072, or equivalent English proficiency test scores, or IEP coordinator permission.

These courses develop nonnative English speakers’ vocabulary and reading skills for personal and academic communication using materials with diverse topics. By reading books, articles and sample academic texts, nonnative English speakers in this course study and practice effective reading and investigating strategies to discover the ways ideas are expressed and put into writing. Besides building academic vocabulary, the goals are increased reading fluency, speed and understanding.

Speaking and Understanding

IE 073 Speaking and Understanding for Academic Purposes I (4 s.h.)

IE 103 Speaking and Understanding for Academic Purposes II (4 s.h.) Prerequisites: IE 073, or equivalent English proficiency test scores, or IEP coordinator permission.

Nonnative English speaking students practice to improve their oral and aural skills. They prepare to participate in everyday social conversations, classroom interactions, listening effectively to lectures and being involved in basic discussions. Students are expected to prepare and give short speeches and will be tested weekly on a list of idiomatic expressions.

IE 203 Speaking and Understanding for Academic Purposes III (4 s.h.) Prerequisites: IE 103, or equivalent English proficiency test scores, or IEP coordinator permission.

This course focuses specifically on the skills needed for presentations, the basic organization of American communication, and idiomatic expressions that prepare the student for the American academic and professional environment. Cannot be taken concurrently with CN 150 Public Speaking.

Academic Writing

IE 074 Writing for Academic Purposes I (4 s.h.)

IE 104 Writing for Academic Purposes II (4 s.h.) Prerequisites: IE 074, or equivalent English proficiency test scores, or IEP coordinator permission.

These courses for nonnative English speakers focus on foundational writing skills from sentence structure to well-organized paragraphs of various kinds. Besides analyzing audience and purpose, basic citation and research skills are covered.

IE 204 Writing for Academic Purposes III (4 s.h.)

IE 294 Writing for Academic Purposes III (GR only) (3 s.h.)

Expressing ideas in writing for the American academic and business reader is the goal in these courses for nonnative English speakers. Students will learn the conventions of expository paragraphs, essays and investigative reports. Summary, analysis, citation and research skill practice are included. Neither IE 204 Writing for Academic Purposes III nor IE 294 Writing for Academic Purposes III (GR only) can be taken concurrently with EN 101 First Year Writing or EN 300 Advanced College Writing.

IE 295 Special Topics: Enhancing Skills for Graduate Studies (3 s.h.)

This course for non-native English speakers only will orient students who haven’t completed an undergraduate degree in the US to the style and rigor specified by individual graduate programs. Typically this will involve specific instruction to help students improve research, presentation, group work, and higher level academic writing skills that are required by graduate programs. Topics and targeted programs will be announced in advance. Prerequisites: IE 202 Reading Comprehension for Academic Purposes III (4 s.h.) and IE 204 Writing for Academic Purposes III (4 s.h.), or equivalent iBT TOEFL, IELTS scores or instructor permission.

Combined Skills Courses

IE 070 Intensive English-Acad Purp I (3 s.h.)

 IE 100 Intensive English-Acad Purp II (1-3 s.h.) These are combined skills courses centered around U.S. cultural themes. They are considered special topic courses as the needs of the students taking them are considered when designating the specific outcomes of English language learning and cultural competence. They may be offered as short-term courses for exchange/visiting students for English language skills improvement within a U.S. cultural experience.

International Student Services

785-670-1051

Heidi Staerkel, Coordinator, International Student Services
Andy Vogel, Coordinator, International Student Recruitment/Retention

Undergraduate Admission

A complete application includes the following:

  1. A completed on-line Washburn University International Application Form.
  2. $70 (USD) non-refundable application fee.
  3. For students from non-English speaking countries, a minimum iBT TOEFL score of 72 (18 average of Listening and Speaking scores, 17 for Reading and 19 for Writing) or 6.0 or higher on each subtest on the IELTS with a 6.0 average of Listening and Speaking. Please note that certain departments may have higher TOEFL /IELTS requirements. Students who cannot meet this requirement will be admitted conditionally through the Intensive English Program.
  4. Completed Financial Disclaimer form and original financial supporting documentation of the student’s/sponsor’s ability to finance studies while in the U.S.
  5. Official transcripts of completed secondary education and of any university-level course work evaluated by either Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). The grades of university-level international courses will be listed on the Washburn University transcript as CR (grade of A,B, or C), P (grade of D), or NC (grade of F) and the grade point average earned in international college course transfer work will not be calculated in the cumulative GPA at Washburn University.

Note: Refer to University Requirements Common to all Associate and Bachelor Degrees for further information.

International Transfer Student Admission (from another U.S. school to Washburn)

A completed application includes the following:

  1. A completed on-line Washburn University International Application Form.
  2. A completed Washburn University Transfer Eligibility Form, completed by the applicant and an international student advisor at the current school.
  3. A copy (pages 1 and 2) of the student's current I-20 form or DS-2019 (page 1)
  4. A copy of the student’s current visa and passport ID page.
  5. $70 (USD) non-refundable application fee.
  6. For students from non-English speaking countries, a minimum iBT TOEFL score of 72 (18 average of Listening and Speaking scores, 17 for Reading and 19 for Writing) or 6.0 or higher on each subtest on the IELTS with a 6.0 average of Listening and Speaking. Please note that certain departments may have higher TOEFL/IELTS requirements. Please refer to department for graduate student requirements. Students who cannot meet this requirement will be admitted conditionally through the Intensive English Program.
  7. Completed Financial Disclaimer form and original financial supporting documentation of the student’s/sponsor’s ability to finance studies while in the U.S.
  8. Official transcripts of all university-level work.

Intensive English (ESL) Program Admission

For F-1 visa students, a complete application includes the following:

  1. A completed on-line Washburn University International Application Form.
  2. $70 (USD) non-refundable application fee.
  3. Completed Financial Disclaimer form and original financial supporting documentation of the student’s/sponsor’s ability to finance studies while in the U.S.

For other students, please email international@washburn.edu.

Transcript Requirement

Applicants must provide original transcripts which should have detailed addresses of the issuing schools for verification. If originals cannot be submitted, attested certified copies of transcripts must be sent to Washburn by the issuing school on the school’s official envelope and stationery.

All university-level foreign transcripts must be evaluated by ECE or WES. Application forms can be obtained by going online to www.ece.org or www.wes.org.
A “course-by-course” report is required and must be submitted by the evaluation service to Washburn University directly.

English Proficiency Requirement for Undergraduate Studies

Students whose native language is not English must meet Washburn’s English proficiency requirement. Any one of the following can be used to satisfy this requirement:

  • For students from non-English speaking countries, a minimum iBT TOEFL score of 72 (18 average of Listening and Speaking scores, 17 for Reading and 19 for Writing) or 6.0 or higher on each subtest on the IELTS with a 6.0 average of Listening and Speaking. Please note that certain departments may have higher TOEFL/IELTS requirements. Students are required to take Intensive English courses in any deficient area indicated by the sectional scores.
  • An Associate’s degree or higher earned at an accredited institution of higher learning located in the U.S. (An associate degree alone does not satisfy this requirement.)
  • A passing score on the English Proficiency Test administered at Washburn University. The test includes listening comprehension, grammar/structure, reading, and writing.
  • Complete Level I, Level II and Level III of all the Intensive English courses at Washburn with grades of “C” or better.
  • Complete an Intensive English Program in another accredited U.S.-based institution comparable to Washburn’s.1

Please note: Students who cannot meet the above guidelines will be placed in the Intensive English classes by the staff of the program based on their test scores, transcripts, and other evidence. They must enroll in and successfully complete the required IE courses as early as possible.

Transfer students must also fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement by TOEFL/IELTS score or taking the English proficiency test. They must enroll in and successfully complete the required IE courses as early as possible if deficiency is determined. Coursework and grades from previous institutions will be considered in the decision.

Full-time students in the IEP are not eligible to take other academic courses. Students needing only part-time enrollment in IEP can take other academic courses with IEP approval only.

For graduate program applicants, please refer to the academic department for the English proficiency requirement, as this varies by graduate program.

International Student Advisors

International student advisors are involved in the preliminary acceptance of international students, aid the students in preparation of their academic programs, counsel them regarding how to maintain their visa status, and maintain contact with them during their academic careers. Call 785-670-1051 or e-mail international@washburn.edu for more information.