About Us

Welcome at WAL

When you choose to study at WAL, you can expect to be met with friendly smiles and welcoming greetings from the very first day. The teachers and staff introduce you to English in an engaging and active way so you gain the confidence to use it outside of school. You’ll find yourself studying with students from countries like Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia. We’re located in downtown Seattle, just steps away from the Space Needle and Seattle Center. Since 1979, WAL has been teaching language and culture to the world’s people, and we’ve been proud to watch our students go on to experience their dreams.

Committed to our community

WAL has many ways to help you practice your English outside of class. You can join our school activities, volunteer at a community organization and meet with a conversation partner. Many students sign up for our Conversation Partner Program, which matches international students and native English speakers for language and cultural exchanges. This is a great way to practice your English and meet a new friend. We also encourage our international students to participate in some kind of volunteer activity. Volunteering is a great way to meet people and get involved in the Seattle community. Sample volunteer activities include helping at an after-school children’s program, nursing home, hospital or special festival.

City University of Seattle

City University of Seattle is a private nonprofit university accredited through the doctoral level. CityU is dedicated to serving the working adult and transfer student and is ranked by the U.S. News & World Report among the top 30 for online bachelor degree programs, and among the top 20 online programs for veterans in the U.S. CityU comprises three schools and two divisions that offer flexible online, onsite and performance-based programs. Aside from its flagship campus and headquarters in Seattle, Washington, CityU offers more than 60 degrees and certificates at 28 locations around the world. CityU’s curriculum is informed and taught by professionals who are leaders in their field and category, and is considered to be a top producer of teachers, counselors and MBAs in the state of Washington.