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English Language Learning

Our Office

It is the goal of the Office of English Language Learning to support the college’s English-language learning student population throughout their entire academic careers.

An important role the office plays is to facilitate international students’ adaption to our educational policies and traditions and to alleviate the common cross-cultural misunderstandings that frequently occur between students and faculty.

This facilitation may involve the implementation of educational technologies, faculty and student workshops on issues of learning diversity, and academic or emotional counseling. The Office of English Language Learning frequently coordinates student-centered solutions with the Global Education Office, the Office of Academic Skills, the Writing Center, and the College Health and Counseling Center.

Frequently Asked Questions 

  • What is the difference between a College and a University?

    In the United States, the terms are frequently interchangeable. Both colleges and universities offer four-year undergraduate degrees. Some colleges and many universities also offer graduate programs leading to a Master’s degree or a doctoral degree. If students want small class sizes and a closer relationship with professors, then a college is the best option. If they prefer more variety in classes and programs, then a university may be a better choice.

  • What is a liberal arts education?

    It means students take classes in different areas. For example, a student majoring in Business Management also will take classes in other disciplines, such as Biology, English, and Music.

  • How can I make friends?

    A great way to meet other students is to join a sport or club. There are many sports and clubs at Washington College. Popular sports are basketball, tennis, soccer, rowing, lacrosse, and sailing. Popular clubs include The Elm (the student newspaper), Student Events Board, Music Collegium, Chess Club, German Club, and so on.

  • Does tuition include textbooks?

    No. Tuition does not include textbooks and textbooks can be expensive. Students can research the textbooks they need to buy before the start of each semester on the college website. They can buy (or rent) textbooks in the Washington College bookstore or online. The college bookstore has competitive book prices and students do not have to wait for books to be shipped.

  • How much time do I need to spend on homework every week?

    Of course, this varies per subject, but on average for every hour spent in class, students will spend another two hours on homework. For a class that meets three hours per week, students can expect to spend an additional six hours studying and completing assignments. This ratio is common in most American colleges and universities.

  • How many classes do students take each semester?

    The normal semester course load is four courses. Courses are worth four credits. Some students may elect to take five courses per semester, and registering for a minimum of three courses ensures students maintain full-time status. No student is allowed to take more than 22 credits in a single semester.

  • I am interested in Business Management and English, can I study them both?

    Yes! It is very common at Washington College. Students can double major in Business Management and English, or they can major in Business Management and minor in English. Remember that a double major means students must fulfill the requirements for both disciplines in order to graduate with a double degree.

  • What specialized programs can I pursue at Washington College?

    Washington College offers partnerships with Columbia University (Engineering), and the University of Delaware or the University of Maryland (Nursing). Students majoring in the premedical program frequently pursue advanced degrees at respected institutions in such fields as dentistry at Boston University and veterinary medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • What are popular majors at Washington College?

    Our most popular majors are Biology, Business Management, and Psychology. However, we offer over 40 majors and programs designed to meet the needs and interests of prospective students around the world.