You will be glad you chose to study in Seattle at Kaplan's center at Highline College, close to the action but away from the bustle of the corporate city. Be only a few minutes away from ferry boats, Mount Rainier and the home of the legendary but elusive Bigfoot… For more information check the school website.
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Why choose the Highline College school in Seattle?

Learn English near Seattle at Kaplan’s school at Highline College and be close to the action but away from the bustle of the corporate city.

  • Choose your course and how long you want to study for, whether a vacation English course for a short trip or a TOEFL® exam preparation for a couple of months
  • Stay in a student residences or immerse yourself in the language by choosing a homestay option
  • Thinking of studying at a university in the US? Kaplan’s University Placement Service (UPS) uses an extensive academic network to help you gain entry to graduate and undergraduate university courses

About Location

  • The school is on the 80-acre Highline campus in the quiet, friendly suburb of Des Moines
  • Be only a few minutes away from ferry boats, Mount Rainier and the home of the legendary but elusive Bigfoot
  • It takes about 1 hour to get to downtown Seattle by bus and costs $2.50. Trains and ferries in downtown Seattle are available for trips to Canada and areas around Washington. There are bus stops on the Highline College campus to downtown Des Moines and to downtown Seattle

Teaching Method

  • There is a library with over 100,000 books, DVDs and CDs that Kaplan students can use. There is also a dedicated Kaplan library for English learners, including information on colleges, universities, and job skills
  • There are also special computers available for movie editing or scanning, and computers with international keyboards. The Kaplan TOEFL® lab is reserved for language study, and includes Listening and Speaking software and monthly TOEFL® sample tests


  • The school shares its classrooms with the college, allowing you to mingle with local students between classes
  • Highline has over 1,500 computers available for student use.
  • Available in the student center and library
  • It has a high-tech student union building with free wireless internet, game and study rooms
  • The Student Union building offers a full breakfast and lunch café, and a pizza/coffee bistro


  • There is a fitness center on the campus with weight machines, treadmills, ellipticals, bikes and free weights. Kaplan students have access to the campus gymnasium during limited free hours
  • While travelling around Des Moines and to Seattle, students will typically use the Seattle Metro Bus system.


Student residence

  • Live with fellow students for more independence
  • Most residences are self-catering
  • Socialize and have fun with your new friends
  • Single, twin, double, and dorm rooms are available at various locations


  • Live with a local family specially chosen by the school
  • Enjoy breakfasts & dinners with the family
  • Practice English daily in an informal situation
  • Immerse yourself in a new culture

Social Programme

  • Shopping: Go Shopping for Crafts at Local Markets, or Designer Names at Westlake Center


  • History: Seattle Has a Rich Musical History and Is Home to Many Museums of Varying Subjects
  • Food & Drink: Sample Local Brews at One of the City’s Microbreweries, or Visit the Original Starbucks
  • Arts & Theatre: Visit the Art Museums and Galleries on Free Entry Days
  • Nightlife: Watch Live Music at Seattle’s Iconic Music Venues
  • Sports: Go Skiing or Snowboarding on Mount Baker


  • Outdoor Activities: Take a Tour of Seattle on a Ferry Boat
  • Wildlife: Explore the Surrounding Lush Evergreen Forests That Give Seattle the Nickname the 'emerald City'