LEAP (Learning English in Action Program)



Learning English in Action Program (LEAP) is an exciting new opportunity that enables students to gain real-world English-language skills and authentic cultural experience while participating in a vibrant learning-community of students, teachers, and program partners. Students will explore aspects of American life and culture as well as important themes such as the environment, society, business, media, and technology in the local community and greater Seattle area. LEAP is for students at high-intermediate to advanced level of English. LEAP may be taken as a one-or-two quarter program.

In this program, students will improve their English and gain real-world skills such as leadership and team-building by:

  • Interacting with professionals from different areas of expertise
  • Taking field trips on and off campus
  • Volunteering with local community organizations
  • Collaborating with students from all over the world
  • Reading about and discussing topics in small groups
  • Working on projects and presentations
  • Viewing films and other media
  • Exploring beautiful Seattle-Bellevue area and the Pacific Northwest

General Program Schedule: 10:30-3:20 (lunch 12:20-1:30), M-F

Quarter A

Connecting to Self, Others, and Community introduces students to active learning through experiences, projects, and volunteering in the local community.

Students identify their working styles and strengths through self-reflection, group work, and off-campus activities.

Culture and Community engages students in activities to learn about American (U.S.) culture and practice intercultural communication.

Students examine the meaning of culture, how culture affects thinking and communication, and how immigration has shaped American life.

Exploring the Issues examines American and global issues such as environmental sustainability, economic inequality, social justice, healthcare, and globalization.

Students develop critical-thinking skills and use their English to consider the issues on the Bellevue College campus and the local community.

Quarter B

Think Globally, Act Locally explores American and global issues in the Seattle region and examines their impact across local communities.

Students build critical-thinking skills through hands-on projects and experiences, reflections, and discussions.

Pacific Northwest Life introduces students to Native American and immigrant communities, natural environment, and industries of the Pacific Northwest region.

Students develop an understanding of how these diverse peoples, surrounding environment, and innovative companies have shaped the history, culture, and life of the Pacific Northwest.

LEAP into Community applies what students have learned in the LEAP program to create a final team project that is shared with the local community.

This team project combines the skills and knowledge gained in class and during off-campus activities.

Students must have high-intermediate to advanced level of English language proficiency demonstrated by one of the following:

  • TOEFL iBT 52 or 470 paper-based
  • Academic IELTS all sub-scores of 4.5 or higher
  • TOEIC 550
  • A placement into Level 4 on the Intensive English Placement test
  • Successful completion of Level 3 of Intensive English Program
  • Case-by-case basis

LEAP is open to all non-native English speakers with different immigration status (e.g. holders of F1, H4, L2 visas, permanent residents, U.S. Citizens).

  1. An online international student application form. Go to  https://international.bellevuecollege.edu/ to create a profile and start an application.
  2. A non-refundable $50 application fee paid online.
  3. Student must pay an express mail fee via the eShipGlobal site if an acceptance packet would be sent to an address outside of US. The student must upload the air bill with a complete mailing address.
  4. A copy of the passport photo page, including expiration date.
    1. A copy of each F-2 dependent’s passport photo page, including expiration date.
  5. A bank statement dated within six months of the date of you submitted your application, with a minimum balance of $28,440 USD.
    1. Add $5,000 USD for each F-2 dependent
    2. If your financial sponsor is not you or your parents:
      1. Sponsors outside the US must complete the online Financial Responsibility Form.
      2. US-based sponsors must complete the Affidavit of Support (I-134) form.
  6. Unofficial transcripts in English
  7. Proof of English Language Proficiency



Last Updated March 20, 2020