Undergraduate Catalog 2024-2025

Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a nationally ranked program, fully accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA). IEP serves as a pathway for English language learners to enhance academic preparedness as well as linguistic and cultural competencies required for career readiness or full admission to UNC's academic programs. Applicants must have completed high school or the equivalent to be considered for IEP admission. Students may be admitted to the IEP only or via conditional acceptance to an academic program. Conditionally admitted students may begin taking some academic/degree coursework when they are placed or reach level 6 in the IEP. IEP students with F1 or J1 visas are required to register as full-time students. Students are full-time when enrolled in 18 classroom hours per week based on federal guidelines 8 CFR 214.2(f)(6)(i). F2 visa holders are not allowed to be full time.

Program Structure and Length

The Intensive English Program (IEP) consists of 7 levels: from Low-Basic to Graduate. IEP levels correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). There are four core courses in the program: Speaking & Listening, Writing, Grammar, and Reading & Vocabulary. In addition, there are several skill courses available, such as English Pronunciation and Academic Vocabulary. For more information about each course, please refer to the catalog course descriptions.

IEP offers five 8-week sessions throughout the year in accordance with UNC's academic calendar: Fall 1 and Fall 2 sessions coincide with UNC's fall semester, Spring 1 and Spring 2 sessions coincide with spring semester, and the 8-week summer session coincides with the 8-week academic session. In accordance with rolling admission, applicants may choose to begin in any of the 5 sessions. The number of sessions/courses students need to complete the program successfully is based on their initial proficiency which is determined by the placement assessment.

For more information, see: www.unco.edu/global/services-programs/intensive-english-program/