The Intensive English Program (IEP) at Indiana University (IU) Bloomington offers a comprehensive set of courses aimed mainly at preparing international students to study in English at the university level.
The mission of the Intensive English Program is to serve learners of English by offering courses designed to support development of English language skills for academic studies in North American universities. As part of the Department of Second Language Studies, the IEP also contributes to the development of ESL professionals, encourages curricular innovation, and supports the research mission of the department. In these ways the IEP contributes to the broader mission of Indiana University in fostering a community of global citizens.
The instructional program of the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Indiana University is designed to help non-native English speakers increase their English language skills. Most IEP students are preparing to enter North American universities after completing the IEP program. Others are learning English for professional purposes. The curriculum is designed for students at all levels of English language proficiency, with an emphasis on developing the necessary oral and written skills for academic studies and business or professional communication.
|Fall 1, 2020||Mon. August 17||Tues. August 18||Mon. August 24 – Fri. October 9|
|Fall 2, 2020||Mon. October 12||Tues. October 13||Mon. October 19 – Fri. December 11|
|Spring 1, 2021||Mon. January 4||Tues. January 5||Mon. January 11 - Fri. February 26|
|Spring 2, 2021||Mon. March 1||Tues. March 2||Mon. March 8 - Fri. April 30|
|Summer 1, 2021||Mon. May 3||Tues. May 4||Mon. May 10 – Fri. June 18|
|Summer 2, 2021||Mon. June 14||Tues. June 15||Tues. June 22 – Fri. July 30|
Intensive English Program
Ballantine Hall 705
1020 E Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005
The IEP placement test determines the proper level of instruction. During the first week of class, instructors carefully review the students' performance and make appropriate adjustments in the placement if approved. These procedures ensure that students get full benefit from the program as they progress through the levels.
There are seven levels in the IEP. All levels meet for 20-25 classroom hours each week. After completing Level 6 or 7, most students are ready to begin academic work at a college or a university.
Levels 1-3 Beginning through low intermediate students take classes with specific attention to oral communication, reading and writing, as well as some direct attention to grammar, using a wide range of resources.
Level 4 Intermediate students take classes that emphasize academic preparation in a combined reading/writing course, an oral communication course, and a grammar course. In addition, Level 4 students take a class in extensive reading.
Levels 5-6 High intermediate students attend a required core set of classes which are a reading-writing course, an oral communication course, and a grammar course. Students in Level 6 can choose an optional skill-based or content-based elective class.
Level 7 Advanced students attend a required core reading-writing course and then choose two or three additional skill or content elective courses. This level is designed to be repeated by students who are advanced but require further language study for their intended majors. Topics are changed every session.
Students are expected to attend classes daily to facilitate steady improvement in their language skills and maintain their legal immigration status in the U.S.
Because absence from class may slow down this process, any student missing the maximum number of allowed absences according to the Attendance Policy will be dismissed from the program, and the sponsor, if applicable, will be notified. The student will be unable to remain in University housing.
Individualized counseling with the student is arranged to address attendance problems.
The Level Achievement Examination and the Institutional TOEFL are given to each student at the end of each session to evaluate progress of each student in the program. Student achievement in course work and on tests is recorded on an official evaluation form. The program sends this form, which documents all session results and teacher assessments, to students and their sponsors.
Students leaving the program are awarded a Certificate of Participation.
The IEP regularly offers special courses for groups of students with particular needs or interests. Some of these are offered on a regular basis, such as Legal English during the summer, and some are offered by special arrangement at different times during the year. If you are interested in a special arrangement for a group of students, please contact the Director of Budget and Administration, Michelle Fleener.
This program of language and academic study is designed as a study-abroad option for international students enrolled at foreign institutions of higher learning. It offers such students a unique opportunity to develop English language skills that allow them to do coursework in the College of Arts + Science in various thematic concentrations capable of enhancing a wide range of degrees."
American Studies pursues the study of American cultures from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on a wide range of resources from the social sciences and humanities.
Gender Studies offers interdisciplinary courses that explore the making and meaning of gender across cultures and social formations. Courses may examine the intersections between gender and systemic forms of oppression and/or difference, including those based on race, ethnicity, class, and sexual identity.
Communication and Public Advocacy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop the skills required to express and argue for their ideas in various public settings. Students will improve their ability to respond persuasively, through practice in analyzing the ideas and arguments of others.
Leaders and Leadership prepares students for leadership roles, exposing them to theories of leadership and the traits and practices of leaders. Students will develop an understanding of the dynamics of effective leadership and the diversity of leadership roles.
This course is designed primarily for international students admitted to Master's of Laws Degree in the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. It offers incoming international students a unique opportunity to develop English language proficiency specifically for work and study in the legal profession.
Prospective students must meet the following requirements for participation in the Legal English course:
The Legal English Course at the Intensive English Program will enable international LL.M students to participate more efficiently at the Indiana University School of Law, and increase their chances of succeeding in a competitive legal environment. The skills they will acquire are as follows:
The Legal English Course offers several fieldtrips and activities to the students participating. These are unique opportunities to visit law-oriented organizations and institutions, such as the following examples:
After admission to the Maurer LLM Program, complete the enrollment form.Enroll Now
This course is designed exclusively for admitted Master's degree students in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. The purpose of the course is to help second language graduate students to sharpen language skills and improve reading, writing, and comprehension skills necessary to succeed in the Kelley School of Business.
The Business English Course offers several fieldtrips and activities to the students participating. These are unique opportunities to visit business organizations and professionals such as the following:
Prospective participants must be admitted into the Kelley School of Business MBA program.
After admission to the Kelley MBA Program, complete the enrollment form.Enroll Now
Please note that once a student registers with the IEP Office, all program fees are non-refundable.
|IEP Expenses (1 session)||Amount||Paid To|
|Tuition||$2,5001||Student's IU Bursar account|
|IU International Student Fee||$47||Student's IU Bursar account|
|Room & Board (Estimated)||$2,090||Student's IU Bursar account|
|Health/Medical Insurance2||$283||Student's IU Bursar account|
|TB Test3||$100||IU Health Center|
|Miscellaneous (Books, other expenses)||$330||Various bookstores|
|TOTAL EXPENSES (one session)||$5,3504|
1 After a student registers for the session, tuition fees are non-refundable.
2 All students are required to have medical (health) insurance. The $283 amount listed above is only an average—with holidays and vacation breaks, coverage dates vary for each session and costs change according to the number of days a student is covered. For example, due to holidays and vacation breaks during the Fall 2 session, the period a student is covered by health insurance is considerably longer. Therefore, the cost is approximately $100 USD more than the above listed amount. Please see IEP Health Insurance Premiums
3 This cost estimate includes the $100 TB Test fee. All international students are required to be tested by QFT (Quantiferon) blood test for tuberculosis (TB). Students may check with their health insurance provider to find out if this charge may be reimbursed or covered through their health insurance. For more information about the TB Test requirement at IU, please see the International Services website.
4 Students need to bring "pocket money," too—for movies, snacks, shopping. The amount will vary greatly per person. A married student must estimate an extra $979 per session ($5,874 per year) to bring a spouse or first child, plus an additional $696 per session ($4,176 per year) for each additional child or dependent.
If you will be sponsored by a government or business, please send an official financial guarantee specifically covering English language training (or ESL), listing Indiana University Intensive English Program as your institution, and providing and address in the U.S. for the sponsor or agency.
If you will be sponsored by yourself, your family, or a friend, please send a bank account balance, bank statement, or savings account balance. If another person besides yourself is involved in financing your study, include a letter from that person with your name, the length of your stay, and the name and address of this sponsor. For reference, view a sample letter of support.
Students must arrange their own housing. There are many choices available.
On-campus housing is arranged through the IU Residential Programs and Services (RPS). The IEP office can NOT arrange housing for you. Campus apartments are all within walking distance of classes and are on the university bus routes.
Many off-campus apartments are located near campus or near city bus routes. Off-campus housing is best arranged after your arrival in Bloomington, but you can begin your search by browsing the electronic classified ads for rooms and apartments using several local websites.
Temporary housing may be available for arriving students. Students should contact Residential Programs and Services (RPS) for information concerning availabilty and pricing.
All international students are required to have health insurance. In the United States, health insurance is necessary to get the medical care you need.
After registering for IEP classes, international students will be automatically enrolled in IU Student Health and will be billed for the insurance by the Office of the Bursar. Students who already have health insurance that meets the minimum requirements may file a waiver request in iStart.
For information on the current IU Aetna Health Insurance Policy please visit the office of Human Resources.
All Students admitted to the program must:
Admission to the IEP does not guarantee admission to Indiana University or any of its degree programs.
There are four main parts to the IEP application:
Transfer students must also submit a copy of their current I-20 and a final evaluation and transcript from the previous school, if available, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
When we have received all of your information, we will send you an I-20 visa document. You may present it at an American embassy or consulate and request an F-1 student visa.
You will need to pay a Student Exchange and Visitor Information Service (SEVIS) fee and make a visa interview appointment at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
Follow the link for a copy of our IEP Student Manual
You should NOT enter the United States on a B-2 (tourist) visa if you want to study at a university. It is very difficult to change from a B-2 (tourist) visa to an F-1 (student) visa.
The learning of second and foreign languages is a rich and fascinating process involving linguistic, psychological, cultural, and social dimensions. The Indiana University Department of Second Language Studies is dedicated to teaching and research on the structure, acquisition, and use of nonnative language in both instructed and contact contexts.