Seattle Language & Culture Institute: Residential Program

The Seattle Language and Culture Institute is an opportunity for international and U.S. students, ages 13-17, to take part in an unforgettable global experience in Seattle, Washington. The Summer 2019 residential program is designed for students who live outside the Seattle area and will be in Seattle from July 20-August 3.

Registration for the 2019 Residential Program is now closed. Please contact Ellen Frierson at if you would like to receive information about the 2020 program. Thank you!

Program Details


The Seattle Language and Culture Institute offers students an intensive cross-cultural learning experience and help them to make friends from the U.S. and around the world. Students who are already fluent in English may choose to participate in the Global Leadership course instead of the English Language course. Students who will already have housing in Seattle over the summer can register for the Day Program instead of living on campus.

Each day, English language students will take part in classes customized for their level; leadership and cross-cultural workshops; and afternoon excursions to explore the beautiful city of Seattle and the Puget Sound region. In addition to the daily activities, students will also take part in an American camp experience and visit Mount Rainier. International students will spend one night with a local host family. The Seattle Language and Culture Institute includes international participants as well as local youth participants, who will support students in their English learning and form friendships with them that could last a lifetime.

Tuition Prices

Residential program tuition (students will stay in University of Washington residence halls): $2100 per individual student

All housing, meals, entry fees, transportation, and classes are included in the program cost. Flights to the United States and costs associated with visas are NOT included and are the responsibility of the participant.

Students should plan to arrive in Seattle on July 20 and depart on August 3. We are not able to provide housing outside of these dates; students who arrive earlier and leave later will need to arrange their own accommodations.

Medical Insurance for International Students

Health insurance is required for all international participants. FIUTS offers individually enrolling international students the option of including their insurance plan as part of the program fee for the duration of the program dates. The cost is $40 and can be included in your program fee payment to FIUTS. The insurance provided through this option is the International Medical Group Patriot America Plus visitor’s travel insurance (more information about this insurance is here).

You are also welcome to purchase insurance yourself and are free to choose any insurance that works well for you. Please note that the insurance provided by FIUTS will only cover the SLCI program dates, so if the student will be in the United States beyond those dates, we recommend purchasing other or additional insurance. Once you have purchased insurance please send a copy of the insurance card to Ellen Frierson at


Payment can be made either online via credit card here or with a bank transfer. For information about bank transfers, contact Ellen Frierson at

Once your registration form and payment has been received, FIUTS will provide your participant with a letter that confirms registration in the program.

Important Dates

Payments due: May 15
Homestay and Flight Information due: June 15

Cancellation policy

If you need to cancel for any reason before May 20, total camp registration will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. Cancellations on or after May 21 will receive a 50% refund.

Please note that if you have paid for the SLCI but are unable to attend for reasons related to your visa, you will be refunded the full tuition amount regardless of when you need to cancel.


Please note that FIUTS does not handle international travel arrangements or provide visas for entry to the United States. Please contact your local US consulate or embassy for up-to-date details of entry requirements to the United States.

The Seattle Language and Culture Institute provides both educational instruction and recreation for short term visitors, and as such, participants should apply to visit the US on a B-2 visitor visa. Using this visa, participants are permitted to enroll in any course of study less than 18 hours per week and to travel within the US for tourist purposes. FIUTS does not issue I-20 forms, but will work with you to provide proof of program admission and participation as necessary to apply for travel documents (we are only able to provide proof of admission once the participant's registration and payment has been received). We recommend that you make an appointment for your visa interview as soon as possible. More information is available here.

Airport Transportation

Groups and individuals should send their detailed flight information (date/time, airline, and flight numbers) to Ellen Frierson at as soon as possible; we will arrange for transportation to and from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Please note that we are only able to provide airport transportation on the first and last days of the program (July 20 and August 3).


Students should be age 13-17 during the program. Participants should have had at least two years of English instruction and should have at least some conversational ability in order to be able to participate fully in the program.


Students will stay in same-sex shared rooms in the residence halls on the University of Washington campus. Please note that housing is only available during the program dates; we are not able to arrange housing outside of these dates. Participants arriving before the first day of the program or departing after the last day will be responsible for their own housing.


All international participants will do a two-day, two-night homestay with a local host over the weekend. Some participants will be placed individually and some will be placed in the same household as one or more other participants (FIUTS will match participants with hosts based on shared interests and taking issues such as pet allergies and dietary preferences into consideration). Hosts are chosen through a careful selection process.

Some hosts are older, some younger, some are families with children, some are retired couples and some are single. All hosts come from a wide range of national, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds. Host families reflect the diversity of the United States. They have different lifestyles based on such factors as education, salary, geography, and religion. What they have in common is an eagerness to welcome international visitors into their home and to share their lives with you for a short time. The homestay is a wonderful opportunity to learn about local culture and practice your English.

Program Structure

Students will spend each morning in English classes. On some mornings, part of the class will include cross-cultural activities with the U.S. participants and workshops on leadership development. In the afternoons, local and international students will come together to eat lunch and to enjoy a fun excursion. The afternoon excursions give international students a chance to experience the Seattle area and practice their English. Excursions include trips to the Space Needle, Pike Place Market, Gas Works Park, Greenlake, a Mariner's baseball game, a volunteer service project, and more.

Program Goals

Participants in the SLCI should expect an intercultural experience, leadership-building, and English practice in a cross-cultural context. As a nonprofit organization with a mission to engage students in cross-cultural experiences, this program includes many opportunities for participants to practice English, meet others, and share their own experiences and perspectives.

English Classes

English classes will have up to 15 students. We will assess students' language ability on the first day and place students in classes appropriate to their level. Students who are fluent in English may choose to participate in the Global Leadership course instead of the English Language course; however, English classes also include similar content to the Global Leadership class, so English students will also have an opportunity to engage in leadership development curriculum. Classes are taught by experienced, certified instructors and focus on giving students an opportunity to improve their spoken English and listening comprehension skills.

Daily Schedule

A sample daily schedule is available here. Please note that the schedule is subject to change. Registered participants will receive the detailed schedule prior to the start of the program.

Questions? Contact FIUTS Manager of Education Programs Ellen Frierson at