A.C.E. Language Institute at Seattle Pacific University
A.C.E. Language Institute 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.
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)*||$1730|
|Flex Program Tuition (5 weeks)*||$1992.50|
|Housing Estimate***||$750 - $1100; varies|
|Meal Estimate****||$550 - $850; varies|
* Fees do not include additional one-time $100 A.C.E. application fee. Tutoring is available for the Intensive program at $425 per session.
** Student Services fee includes campus based services. Express Mailing of I-20 form by courier service is available for additional $65.
*** 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 demonstrate health insurance coverage or 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.
Application Fee$100 application fee is required at the time of application. It is non-refundable.
Cancellation and Refund Policy"Cancellation" means informing A.C.E. in writing before the first day of classes of a given prepaid session that the student will not attend. No refunds are offered after the session has started. There is a $250 cancellation fee applied for all cancellations regardless of the number of prepaid sessions. However, the balance of the sessions' tuition and refundable charges will be refunded if cancelled before the start of the session. Students must submit a completed Cancellation and Refund Form to A.C.E. No refunds are issued if a student is dismissed for disciplinary reasons. No refunds are issued for application, housing placement fees or insurance. Portions of requested refunds may be issued to agency organizations that the student selected. Refunds can also be applied to tuition and fees in future sessions by student request. Should there be any change to the cancellation and refund policy, the policy that was in place at the time of the student's prepayment shall be maintained until the end of the prepaid term.
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.
| ||2013 - 2014||A.C.E. Application Deadlines*|
|Summer 2013 Session 2||July 11 - August 16||June 11|
|Summer 2013 Session 3||August 15 - September 20||July 15|
|Fall 2013 Session 1||September 26 - November 1||August 26|
|Fall 2013 Session 2||October 31 - December 11||October 1|
|Winter 2014 Session 1||January 2 - February 7||December 2|
|Winter 2014 Session 2||February 6 - March 14||January 6|
|Spring 2014 Session 1||March 20 - April 25||February 20|
|Spring 2014 Session 2||April 24 - May 30||March 24|
|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|
* 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.
Spring Break for A.C.E. SPU is March 18-22. (Please note that new students will still have Testing & Orientation on March 21.) The session will still have 5 weeks of class.
A.C.E. Language Institute Holidays
|New Year's Day observed||January 1|
|Martin Luther King, Jr. Day||January 21|
|Presidents' Day||February 18|
|University Holiday||March 29|
|Memorial Day||May 27|
|Independence Day||July 4|
|Labor Day||September 2|
|Veterans Day||November 11|
|Thanksgiving||November 28 & 29|
|Christmas observed||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
Sally Thomas, Senior Director
Sally was born in Virginia but has lived most of her life in Alaska and Washington. She has a B.A. in Education and a M.A. in TESOL. She has taught in Russia and as an ESL teacher in Seattle Public Schools. An interesting fact about Sally is that she lived and taught in Guam for two years and Russia for 3 years. Her favorite books are "Brothers Karamosov" and "The Count of Monte Cristo."
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.
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.
Michelle Soule, Instructor and Group Program Coordinator
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!
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. Patrice Caux, Instructor
Born in Monaco, Patrice has lived in South Africa, Switzerland and France. He completed his education at the University of Houston, Texas where he obtained his doctoral degree in Bilingual and Foreign Language Education with a minor in Instructional Technology. As part of his teaching experience, he has co-directed summer abroad programs in France and taught at different universities in the U.S.
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.