Area, Costs & Housing

Staying in Seattle

Seattle Space NeedleThe summer weather is mild, temperatures averaging about 75°F (24°C) during the day with less than an inch of rain each month. Seattle is surrounded by splendid scenes of snow capped mountains, evergreen forests and sparkling water. The city is encompassed by the Cascade Mountains and Lake Washington on the east and the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound on the west.


The cost for the Summer Institute varies based on current place of residence and World Bank income group for countries. The cost is $1,000 for participants living in low-income countries, $1,500 for those in middle income countries, and $2,000 for those in high income countries. Fees for course materials and registration are an additional $100. Refer to the World Bank Country Classifications (PDF) for more information.  No university credit is provided through this program. Professional continuing dental education credit is available to U.S. dentists. Textbooks are extra. International participants should apply for a B-1 visa.

Participants are expected to arrange and pay for their own housing and other living expenses. Overall, the cost of staying in Seattle for the six-week program will range from $3200 to $5000 depending on the type of accommodation and meals you want.


Seattle homesCampus dormitory space is available to visitors. Call the Conference Housing Office at 206.616.1031, or fax at 206.543.4094. In addition, several conveniently located hotels offer excellent rates for extended stays and there are many listings available through online short-term rentals such as AirBnB ( and VRBO (  We can provide you with recommendations upon acceptance into the program. Housing can be expensive. You should plan for at least $1500 for this expense.