Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Universe in 1,000 Words

For students looking to improve their listening skills, Town Hall often has many live lectures that are open to the public. Many are also posted online at

Today, September 30, Town Hall welcomes guest speaker Roberto Trotta, who recently wrote a book titled "The Edge of the Sky". This book explains many of the mysteries of our universe using only the most common 1,000 words in the English language. Come check it out!
To learn more, check out the event page at 


Friday, September 26, 2014

Conversation Club

Come talk with other IELP and domestic students at Conversation Club! Conversation Club will take place Wednesdays (October 1, 8, and 15) from 12:30-2:30pm on the Mezzanine of the UW Tower. This is a great chance to practice your English!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Making the most out of your time in the CIEP

Coming to a new country is hard, but it is also an amazing opportunity and experience. Make the most out of it.

A former IELP student left this advice about how to make the most out of your time here.
  • Get involved with as much as you can without over working yourself.
  • School is important but it can be fun. Make study groups
  • Step out of your comfort zone. I regretted not making more diverse friends. Try to make friends with people who are different and don’t necessarily congregate around people you are comfortable with or are from your native country.
  • Don’t just stay around campus. Check out Seattle and the surrounding area. 
  • Go to sporting events in the Seattle area. 
  • If you are trying to learn English, go to the movies or start watching an American T.V series.
  • If there is something you want to do, try to do it! This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, leave no regrets.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Dawg Daze

Come to Dawg Daze, September 18-28.

Dawg Daze has a long history here at the University of Washington and is one of the nation’s largest weeks of welcome!

This event welcomes new students to campus and is open to all students. Its purpose is to help create a sense of community on campus and get students involved!

Events include  Fall Fling, Midnight Carnival, Up your Ave, and more!

For a full list of events, check out their website: http://fyp.washington.edu/community/keyevents/

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Welcome to Autumn Quarter 2014

To all of our new students, welcome to Seattle! To our returning students, we hope everyone had a wonderful summer break! Listed below is some fun stuff both on campus and in Seattle to do. If you are new to UW and wish to become more familiar with campus, we have compiled a list of the places you must see on campus.

New to the CIEP?  More than 10 Places to go!


1.       Campus IEP (CIEP) Blog: http://www.uwseattleciep.blogspot.com/

2.       Like the CIEP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/UWSeattleCIEP

3.       UW Saudi Student Club:   http://www.saudiuw.com

4.       Other UW Student Clubs : http://depts.washington.edu/sao/rso-directory/

Find clubs focused on culture, the environment, engineering, business, sports, photography, and more!

5.       Classes to take for fun! These are non-academic! Meet other people! Use English! Explore a hobby: http://depts.washington.edu/asuwxpcl/

On Campus!

1.       Go to the HUB (Husky Union Building) – it is in the center of campus. Find the Food Court (lots of places to buy lunch). Find the bowling alley in the basement! Looking for a place to pray or meditate? Find the sub-basement Meditation room.

2.       Not far from the HUB, go to Hall Health – this is the student health facility on-campus. Walk in. See where you check-in. Better to go first when you are feeling good!


3.        See Denny Hall. It is the oldest building on campus. 

4.       Next to Denny Hall is Paccar Hall. It is one of the newest buildings on campus. The Business School is there, and a nice coffee shop with sandwiches.

5.       Find the Henry Art Gallery.  It is near the pedestrian overpass on 15th St. NE. Every Thursday is free for students – just show your UW (Husky) ID card at the door.

6.       Find the Drumheller Fountain. On a clear day, you may see Mount Rainier! It’s the tallest mountain in the region. 

7.       Find the Tully’s Coffee Shop across from the Tower. It’s on the Northwest corner – to help you know directions.

8.       Near the Tully’s is 45 P (the *P* is for “Place”). Many CIEP classes are in this building. It’s at the corner of NE 45th Street and 11th Street NE.

There are several nearby groceries stores in the U-district:
Safeway  - between 45th and 47th on Brooklyn (not far from the Tower)

Trader Joe’s – between 45th and 47th on Roosevelt Way NE

District Market – close to the Henry Art Gallery – on Campus Parkway and University Way

If you are a returning student, check out this list for some things to do during the break!
· Volunteer– not only are you helping others in need, but you will meet new people and improve your English!

o University District Food Bank: http://www.udistrictfoodbank.org/volunteer.php
· Planning on applying to university (undergraduate or graduate school)?
o Research schools
o Interview current students/advisers/faculty members in schools/fields you’re interested in
o Start on writing your application essays
· Still haven’t decided on a career path?
o Job shadow or interview a professional/worker with the job you may be interested in
§ www.linkedin.com
o Attend workshops and career fairs
· Practice your English by…
o Reading!– make a list of 2 books to read during the break
o Starting a blog – you can write about anything in your blog: about life in general, how you’re adjusting to life in Seattle/U.S, about the places you’ve been, food you’ve eaten, books you’ve read, etc.
· Go on activities around Seattle & meet new people
o Take a class in something you are interested in!
o Meetup.com
o Couchsurfer.com
o Library – check out your local library for events for kids and adults alike!
§ …and check out the huge library in Downtown Seattle, voted as one of the best libraries in the U.S: http://www.spl.org/locations/central-library
· Discover Seattle
o Museums and Exhibits – many museums offer “Free First Thursday,” where admission is free on the first Thursday of the month!
§ Seattle Art Museum: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/
§ Seattle Asian Art Museum: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/visitSAAM.asp
§ Frye Art Museum: http://fryemuseum.org/
§ Burke Museum: http://www.burkemuseum.org/
§ Wing Luke Asian Museum: http://www.wingluke.org/

Friday, August 29, 2014

Labor Day

Labor Day is this Monday, September 1!

What is Labor Day?

Labor Day is a day to celebrate and honor America's workers. Many people get this day off from work.

It is often seen as the symbolic end of summer. It is most commonly celebrated by having a barbeque with family and friends!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Practicing your English over the Break

Are you staying in Seattle over the break? Looking for ways to practice your English?

1. During the break, we will be having Conversation Club. Come talk with fellow classmates, staff, and domestic students. Conversation club will be Wednesday, August 27, September 3, and September 10, 3:30-4:30pm on the Mezzanine. 

2. Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community and practice your English! Check out these volunteering opportunities around Seattle- 

North Helpline Food Bank (Lake City)
Help needed unloading food, distributing food,
and more! 

Times Needed:
Wednesday: 9:30-1:30pm
Thursday: 4-7pm
Saturday: 9:30-1:30pm
To sign up, please call 206-367-3477 and ask for Caleb Smith.

Friday Feast (U-District)
   (Located in the basement of the University Temple Methodist Church)
    1415 NE 43rd St.
    Seattle, WA 98105
Friday Feast is a meal for all ages provided by ROOTS every Friday from
5:30-7:00pm. As a volunteer, your job would be to prep and serve food.
This event is open to all community members and no registration is
*If you are interested, please show up between 1-5pm to help with prep.

U-District Food Bank
    1413 NE 50th St.
    Seattle, WA 98105
Help needed unloading food, distributing food,
and more!

Times Needed:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:30-12:30pm and 12:30-3:30pm
Tuesday: 9:30-12:30pm and 2:30-5:30pm
Thursday: 2:30-5:30pm and 8:15-12:15am 

If you can only make it for two hours, that is fine! Just let them know when you sign up. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of your shift.  

To sign up, call or email U-District Food Bank. Email: Julia@udistrictfoodbank.org. Phone: 206-523-7060