A.C.E. Language Institute at Seattle Pacific University
Study English in the USA at A.C.E. Language Institute at Seattle Pacific University. A.C.E. at Seattle Pacific University is located in Seattle, Washington, USA. Seattle Pacific University is a small, private university located in a safe residential neighborhood, just a few minutes north of downtown Seattle. A.C.E. students spend 20 hours a week in intensive English language class and 5 or more hours in optional elective classes. Students may choose to live with a host family or in campus dorms when available. This institute includes Super Intensive and Flex programs, which include tutoring.
The Mission at A.C.E. Language Institute at Seattle Pacific University is to provide students with the language skills, cultural knowledge and experience they need to use English to effectively communicate in academia and the workplace and to provide opportunities for personal growth.
Seattle is located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with views of mountains and water in every direction. The city is at sea level and therefore enjoys a mild climate. Seattle is famous for its high-tech industries, music scene, coffee shops, and shopping districts. Seattle was ranked the most educated city in the United States in 2006, and is also home to famous companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon and Starbucks. Seattle also has a good bus system, so it's easy to get around.
Seattle Pacific University is a small, private university. It is known for academic excellence and has professors who are renowned scholars. The university was also ranked as one of the top 5 "Best Values" in the West by U.S. News & World Report. The school has an active campus life and students are involved in many sports and clubs. SPU offers conditional admission for undergraduate programs in all departments, as well as graduate programs in the School of Business and Economics.
You can visit the Seattle Pacific University website here: http://www.spu.edu/
Program CostFees may change without notice. Rates are based per session. One A.C.E. session is 5 weeks, which is equal to half of the SPU quarter.
Intensive English Program Fees Per Session
|Intensive Program Tuition (5 weeks)*||$1800|
|Flex Program Tuition (5 weeks)*||$2150|
|Housing Estimate***||$750 - $1100; varies|
|Meal Estimate****||$400 - $700; varies|
|Approximate 5-Week Total||$3250 - $4250|
* Fees do not include additional one-time $100 A.C.E. application fee. Express Mailing of I-20 form by courier service is available for additional $65. Tutoring is available for the Intensive program for an additional $500 per session.
** Student Services fee includes campus based services.
*** Housing fees are approximate for 5 week sessions and vary depending on choice of homestay, hostel, or private apartment. Limited homestay options are available through ABODE or Intercultural Homestays. SPU dormitory may be available in June, July and August, but cannot be guaranteed. Fee will be set when and if dormitory is available.
**** Meal budget is approximate and will vary based on use of host family meals, on-campus cafeteria, or self-catering in apartments. Meals are included with homestays.
***** All students are required to have valid health insurance. Students must purchase health insurance through A.C.E. Fees listed above cover the student during the 5-week session. Students may purchase additional coverage for vacation periods. View our health insurance plan here. (Exceptions will be made for students who have a scholarship with their government and can provide a valid Financial Guarantee and insurance card.)
Application Fee$100 application fee is required at the time of application. It is non-refundable.
Deferral, Cancellation and Refund Policy"Deferral" means that prior to arrival, a student asks A.C.E. to defer their studies to a later start date. A $50 deferral fee will be charged for each deferral. “Cancellation” means a current A.C.E. student registers and prepays for a session but later decides not to attend. To cancel, contact the A.C.E. office before classes begin. Full refunds are given for cancellations before the start of session, however a $250 cancellation fee will be charged. Refunds can be applied to future tuition and fees. No refunds are given after the session has started. If the cancellation and refund policy changes, A.C.E. will follow the policy under which the student made payment.
Financial Documentation for F-1 Visa StudentsThe United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) requires that students have sufficient financial resources to meet school and living costs while in the U.S. The student, parents, or a sponsor must provide a current bank statement or an official letter from a bank verifying sufficient funds.
Housing RequestsIn Seattle, A.C.E. can refer you to a variety of housing options so you can choose the one that best fits your needs. To arrange your housing, please carefully review the Housing Options page and then apply directly to the provider as early as possible. Housing requests must be made at least 4 weeks before the student's proposed arrival.
Courier Mailing FeeStudents may request to have acceptance materials and I-20 sent by courier mail service. There will be an additional charge of $65 for courier mail service. All applications received less than 30 days before the student's requested start date will be sent by courier mail service.
Other ExpensesStudents should expect to buy books at a cost of $50-$150 per session. Students should budget additional money for personal expenses such as travel or entertainment. These expenses will vary.
Payment of FeesA.C.E. will accept payment by traveler's check, personal check drawn on a U.S. bank, cashier's check, credit card, or wire transfer. To pay by wire transfer you must add a $30 wire transfer fee to the amount invoiced.
Age RequirementStudents aged 17 and older may enroll in an A.C.E. Language Institute. Students younger than 17 should contact A.C.E. for information on youth programs.
| ||2014 - 2015||A.C.E. Application Deadlines*|
|Summer 2014 Session 1||June 5 - July 11||May 5|
|Summer 2014 Session 2||July 10 - August 15||June 10|
|Summer 2014 Session 3||August 14 - September 19||July 14|
|Fall 2014 Session 1||September 25 - October 31||August 25|
|Fall 2014 Session 2||October 30 - December 10||September 30|
|Winter 2015 Session 1||January 8 - February 13||December 8|
|Winter 2015 Session 2||February 12 - March 20||January 12|
|Spring 2015 Session 1||March 26 - May 1||February 26|
|Spring 2015 Session 2||April 30 - June 5||March 30|
|Summer 2015 Session 1||June 11 - July 17||May 11|
|Summer 2015 Session 2||July 16 - August 21||June 16|
|Summer 2015 Session 3||August 20 - September 18||July 20|
|Fall 2015 Session 1||September 24 - October 30||August 24|
|Fall 2015 Session 2||October 29 - December 9||September 29|
* Applications after the deadline may be considered individually on a space available basis, as time permits for visa processing.Flex Start Policy: A.C.E. may accommodate students with special entry date needs.
The A.C.E. Language Institute sessions closely match the schedule of the university location during the school year. During the summer, there is more variation to the schedules, due to shorter university summer terms.
A.C.E. Language Institute at SPU Holidays
|New Year's Day observed||January 1||January 1|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Day||January 20||January 19|
|Presidents' Day||February 17||February 16|
|Good Friday||April 18 (1/2 day)||April 3 (1/2 day)|
|Memorial Day||May 26||May 25|
|Independence Day||July 4||July 3 (obs)|
|Labor Day||September 1||September 7|
|Veterans Day||November 11||November 11|
|Thanksgiving||November 27 & 28||November 26 & 27|
|Christmas observed||December 24 & 25||December 24 & 25|
A.C.E. offers you several possible places to stay while you are studying:
- Homestay - Homestays can help you practice speaking English in your living environment. The length of time can be flexible and costs are often most reasonable. You can choose from two experienced homestay providers in the Seattle area:
- Intercultural Homestays & Services ( information | application )
Please apply sixty days prior to arrival for timely placement, late applications are accepted with no guarantee of placement prior to arrival. Applications received less than 30 days prior to arrival/relocation or start of college quarter are subject to a $150 fee.
- ABODE ( information | application )
Please apply sixty days prior to arrival for timely placement. You will receive confirmation that ABODE has received your application within ten working days. Applications will not be processed without the fees. Late applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, and you may have to stay in a hotel (at your own expense) if you apply too late.
- Intercultural Homestays & Services ( information | application )
- Apartment - All A.C.E. Language Institutes have apartments near them that are safe and convenient. Apartments provide the freedom to live independently, but may involve fixed-time commitment leases. Our staff can assist you in finding resources to find an apartment. One resource is CORT apartment searches and furniture rentals for unfurnished apartments.
- Dormitory - SPU Dormitories may be available in June, July and August, but cannot be guaranteed. You can choose to live with one or more other students. Since A.C.E. places you, we can help if you have a problem.
- Hostel - A.C.E. has a close relationship with the American Hotel in Seattle (www.hiusa.org/seattle), located within a short bus ride from the SPU campus and available year-round. The American Hotel, a historic Seattle building, was newly remodeled and opened under the management of Hostelling International in 2009. This is an excellent and inexpensive dormitory option for students and trainees desiring to be close to the urban experience of Seattle and the International District with easy access to the famous Uwajimaya grocery and gifts store www.uwajimaya.com, the train station, and major attractions like the Mariners baseball stadium and the Seahawks and Sounders football stadium and Pioneer Square.
CORT apartment searches and furniture rentals for unfurnished apartments.
Meet our Staff and Instructors
Timothy Healy, Director
Tim is originally from Buffalo, New York. He has his M.A. in TESOL and his B.A. in Russian. He studied Russian in the Soviet Union and has lived in Russia. Tim was a faculty member at A.C.E. for seven years before becoming an administrator.
Michelle Soule, Assistant Director
Michelle is originally from Camas, Washington. She has a B.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in TESOL. She is also the evening manager of a local bookstore in Ballard. She also loves to read! She loves anything by the author Jane Austen and lots more too!
Kara Schultheiss, Student Services Coordinator
Kara is originally from Portland, Oregon, but has lived in Seattle for over 10 years. She enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking, and many other activities. Kara spent three years teaching English in China, and has completed her M.Ed. in TESOL.
Emily Van Dyke Morris, Instructor
Emily is originally from San Diego, California. She has a B.A. in English Literature/French and a M.A. in TESOL. She loves listening to music from the 80's-The Smiths, The Cure... and anything that starts with 'The.'
Valerie Giesbrecht, Instructor
Valerie has a B.A. in Music and a M.A. in TESOL. She has taught at the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington, Lithuania International University in Eastern Europe and HUFLIT Language School in Vietnam. She has also worked in the area of refugee resettlement for more than 10 years. Additionally, Valerie has taught music for over 20 years, teaching students a young as 3 and as old as 55 to play the violin.
Dr. Ginny Maurer, Instructor
Born in the United States, Ginny was raised in the mid-west where she earned a B.A. and M.S. in education and literacy at Iowa State University. She earned her Ph.D in Educational Psychology at Texas A&M, where she also taught reading. Before moving to Seattle, Ginny was chair and professor at Iowa Wesleyan in the College of Education. When not teaching ESL at A.C.E., Ginny enjoys traveling, reading, playing the piano, gardening, doing yoga, and hiking.