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International Summer Institute

Students from around the world are invited to spend six weeks living and learning in the heart of the Midwest. They can participate in summer courses that feature smaller class size, accessible instructors, and a diverse student body. The International Summer Institute features English language instruction as well as an introduction to American culture. Basic program components include:

  • Orientation/enrollment/registration and cultural/language activities
  • Six weeks of English as a second language instruction and study skills instruction offered by the Intensive English Program
  • WU Program Assistants to coordinate the orientation/enrollment/registration, cultural language activities, study sessions, and other special events.
  • Access to campus facilities such as the library, computer labs, student union, and the student recreation center
  • Daily tutorial sessions
  • Housing and Food services for all students
  • Optional activities, excursions and programs for students

Program Dates: Monday, June 24, 2019 – Saturday, August 3, 2019

Applying for the Institute

NO Application Fee! NO TOEFL or IELTS Required!

The Summer Session application is open from January 1, 2019 - May 3, 2019. Admission is a selective process, and students are admitted on a rolling basis. To be eligible to apply, students must provide:

  • International ONLINE Application for Admission
  • Original Financial supporting documents, such as a current bank statement
  • Signed Signature Page (The page will automatically appear after you submit the online application.)
  • Signed and Completed Financial Disclaimer Form
  • A copy of your current passport I.D. page.

The exact General Education Class options will depend on the course offerings during the Late Session for Summer 2016, but will likely include Cultural Anthropology (AN 112), Public Speaking (CN 150), and/or Lifetime Wellness (KN 198), but these course are offered only to eligible students who pass the English requirement.

  • Cultural Anthropology is a nontechnical survey of the diversity of human culture, including techno environmental adaptation, social and political organization, belief systems and aesthetics.
  • Evolution is designed for non-science majors who want a basic explanation of evolution, how it works & its impact on scientific thinking & society. The course will include discussion of simple genetics, origins of life, geologic eras & scientific creationism.
  • Freshman Composition will cover techniques and processes of composing and revising as well as attention to relating reading and writing.
  • Introduction to Economics will examine factors determining the general levels of employment and inflation as well as an analysis of markets, prices, and production. Current economic problems are used to illustrate these concepts.
  • Physical Geology will place a special emphasis on the observation of the phenomena of erosion, mountain formation, and stream and glacial action. Lecture-recitation and some field trips.
  • Public Speaking focuses on processes of speech preparation & presentations. Emphasizes the development of critical thinking & listening, clear speaking, & the interpretation of human values through the development of public speaking competencies.

Intensive English

The first week of the program will provide English language instruction in combined skills classes for more than four hours per day.  These courses will encompass speaking, listening, reading, and writing for communication.  During the second part of the program, there will be an option for another English language skills course with an emphasis on language production in Academic Writing and Speaking.  Students will need to purchase textbooks for all classes.

For up-to-date cost and fees, contact The total cost includes Intensive English/Academic courses (tuition, application, and fees), room and board, meals, activities, and local transportation for airport pick-up.


Washburn University will introduce you to a local Topeka family to better learn the local lifestyle as well as improve your language ability while you stay for one weekend in their home.

Apartment-style Housing

Students will be housed in the new air-conditioned dormitories on Washburn's campus. The dormitories feature four-person apartment style suites with two students sharing a bedroom with private bathrooms, a living room and kitchen. There are also a limited number of single rooms available.  These rooms are fully equipped with internet hookups. Students can obtain long distance phone service at their own expense. The entire campus has wireless internet and each room is fully furnished. Students also have the option of using the computer labs on campus (free of charge).  The Village has lounges, reading rooms, laundry facilities, study rooms and a recreation area. There will be a Residential Assistant available 24 hours a day in the dormitories and room for the Program Assistant if they would like to stay in the Village.

village courtyard

village commons area

village patio area

village laundry facilities

Food Service

Students will have 14 meals per week served on campus: lunch and dinner on the weekdays and on the weekends by Chartwells Food Service – an excellent organization serving delicious food to some of the most prestigious universities in the United States. Meals will be provided when the cafeteria is closed from one of over 126 great restaurants in Topeka.

meal  catered dinner


Washburn University will arrange at least one weekday activity per week and two weekend excursions, such as a visit to Worlds of Fun Amusement Park, Fourth of July Celebration at Lake Shawnee, Royals baseball game, Nelson Atkins Art Museum, shopping at Legends Outlet Mall, Buffalo Ranch Party, State Capitol trip to meet the Governor of Kansas, Sunflower Music Festival and more, to be determined by the interest of the students. (Worlds of Fun and Royals Baseball trips are optional and will have an added cost for tickets)

Capitol building

Capital Tour

  • This tour will explore Topeka. We will first go to the Kansas State Capital. Construction of the Kansas State Capitol Building began in 1866.  In the afternoon students will visit the Kansas Historical Museum, Governor’s Residence, and Westridge Mall.
capital building
Inside the capitol building
Climbing to the dome
Visiting the Governor's mansion

  • Visiting the Governor's mansion

students doing archery

Archery Class

  • If you are a total novice looking for your first bow, or if you just want to find out a little bit more about archery, then this is the place to start.
Fourth of July Picnic

Fourth of July Picnic

  • Students will have a BBQ picnic at Lake Shawnee with their English Teachers. Hiking, swimming and games will be available. In the evening, students will watch the firework display celebrating the U.S.A.'s Independence Day.
Nelson-Atkins Musuem

Trip to Kansas City

  • Students will dine, shop, and visit the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
At the shopping plaza

The Buffalo Ranch

  • Students will visit a local Buffalo Ranch in the countryside and eat barbeque.

baseball game

Kansas City Royals game

  • The Kansas City Royals are a Major League Baseball team based in Kansas City, Missouri. The Royals are a member of the Central Division of Major League Baseball's American League. 

Student Testimonials

"I was in Washburn University during a summer vacation. We could meet many friends while we were there. Also, we could learn America culture by visiting many places. At first, I was a little bit afraid because of cultural differences but Lauren, Katelyn and Kenzo who were our assistants helped us to adapt in America. They also helped our homework and always stood by to help us anytime. I am extremely grateful to them. Other memorable thing was that we could use Washburn University facilities anytime. The most I loved place was the gym because there was big and free for students. Last one that is memorable thing was teachers. They always be nice to us and when we did mistake, they understood us and taught us that it is not appropriate. Staying in Washburn University during a summer vacation was really good experience to me.”

- Jisuk Park, Hallym University Exchange Student

“I enjoyed a very happy time in WU during summer camp. I loved everything! Some of my favorite things were class, fieldtrip and homestay! I could learn American culture and history in WU class and have an understanding of culture differences between America and Korea. Also, while I did various activities in class, I could improve my English skills. It was very thankful class for me. Next, during trip in Kansas city, I saw many beautiful things including ranch and capitol. Also, I enjoyed fun time in Worlds of Fun and baseball stadium. It was very important time to learn American characteristic directly! Last, one of my favorite things was homestay. My homestay family was Ken & Lynda. They were very kind! I had a very fun time with them. For example, playing the piano, listening music, fishing, swimming and going lots of beautiful places, and so on. I did many things. I could experience USA home culture and see house structure. It was interesting for me. They also gave me many gifts and letter. I never forget them,, I always thank them.. I really loved everything in WU during that session. I liked dormitory, campus, many programs and lots of things. Maybe, I will miss this summer camp everyday. If I have chance, I wanna come here again!”

- JaeHyung Jin, Hallym University Exchange Student

“I really enjoyed summer camp with all my friends and the awesome leaders of the camp. I took the summer class at Washburn University, and learned about the United State's culture. For instance I’ve learned about the drastic tornado storms. Also, I learned a lot of casual phrases, like “Seriously?”, “Really?”, and ”What’s up?”. Plus, I learned several idioms such “It’s raining cats and dogs.”, “You lost your marble.”, and “Actions speak louder than words.” Another thing, I have learned about is America is a peaceful place for international students. One hard thing I had to accomplish is adapting to English language, and I can almost understand English in different accent. One culture shock that came to my understanding in camp is America is very social, and where I come from “Silence is golden”. And, I have recognize everyone are very helpful, and always cheerful. Thanks to the staff, friends, and helpful classmates the Washburn University summer camp was so fun, and a great experience. I feel like I was able to grow in this short amount of time. Thank you trillions!”

 - Miku Yasuda, Japan

"This summer I participated in the International Summer Institute at Washburn University with 18 Japanese people for about 2 months. These days were exciting and became a good experience. All of them are going to college from this fall semester, so after this program we have to said good bye. It was hard for us. During this summer, we went to the capital building, Kansas City and Asian market. Also we did homestay. This was almost all the students first time to come to America, so when we were just arrived, we were nervous, but in Washburn, there are many friendly and kind people. Therefore we got comfortable at once. It was owed to the great Kansas people."

- Sayaka Kine, Japan

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