Indiana University

The Department of Second Language Studies

Intensive English Program (IEP)

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.

IEP Mission Statement

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 IEP is committed to providing a diverse, safe, inclusive, and equitable environment to students from all national, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds regardless of gender identification, sexual orientation, or physical or cognitive differences. In accordance with the policies of Indiana University and the Department of Second Language Studies, the IEP requires that applicants to faculty positions provide a diversity and inclusivity statement to be considered as part of the application package.

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.

Since Indiana University will be returning to fully in-person classes this fall, IU is requiring all students, faculty, and staff be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine before arriving to campus for the fall semester. All students must be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine which has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). For more details on COVID-19 vaccine requirements at IU, we invite you to check the Indiana University COVID-19 FAQ site.

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Program Highlights

  • Small class sizes
  • Experienced and trained teachers
  • Seven levels of instruction
  • Core classes AND Electives
  • TOEFL preparation
  • Professional Preparation
  • Legal English
  • MBA Preparatory Course
  • Computer-assisted instruction
  • 20-24 hours of class weekly
  • Access to extensive computing and library facilities
  • Computer skill workshops
  • Academic advising
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Business English

Session Dates

SessionCheck InRegistrationClasses
Fall 1, 2022  Mon. Aug. 15  Thurs. Aug. 18  Mon. Aug. 22 - Fri. Oct. 06
Fall 2, 2022  Mon. Oct. 10  Thurs.  Oct. 13 Mon. Oct 17 - Fri. Dec. 09
Spring 1, 2023 Tues. Jan. 03 Thurs. Jan 5             Mon. Jan 9 - Fri. Feb. 24
Spring 2, 2023  Mon. Feb. 27  Thurs. Mar. 2  Mon. Mar 6 - Fri. Apr. 28   
Summer 1, 2023   Mon. May 1  Thurs. May 4  Mon. May 8 - June 16
Summer 2, 2023     Mon. June 12  Tues. June 13  Mon. June 20 - July 28


Intensive English Program
Ballantine Hall 705
1020 E Kirkwood Ave.
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005
(812) 855-6457
(812) 855-5605

Placement Test

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.

Levels of IEP

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

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

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 5-7

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.

Elective Course Examples


  • Advanced Grammar
  • Advanced Pronunciation
  • Advanced Research Writing
  • TOEFL Preparation


  • American Film topics
  • Current Events
  • Pre-history of Indiana
  • Food History & Culture


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.

End of Session Evaluation

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.

Special Courses

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."

  • 10 - 15 month program of study, depending on proficiency.
  • 15-16 credit hours of coursework in a thematic concentration in the College of Arts + Sciences.
  • Letter of Completion, recognizing a thematic concentration with credit hours and passing grades.

Program Details

  1. Spring and Summer
    • Intensive English Program (IEP): Academic preparation
    • TOEFL iBT of 79 or equivalent to joing the College of Arts + Sciences full time.
  2. Fall
    • Depending on Proficiency:
    • i.)Language + Academics: Choice of SLST-T135 American Experience or SLST-T125 U.S. Academic Culture and one course in Thematic Concentration (selected with permission of instructor.)
    • ii.) iBT of 79 : 4 - 5 classes in your chosen Thematic Concentration.
  3. Spring
    • Academics with iBT of 79 or equivalent: 4-5 classes in your chosen Thematic Concentration.

Thematic Concentrations

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 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.

  • Six-week course of study
  • 4 hours of class 5 days a week
  • Content and skill-based courses
  • Faculty with extensive ESL teaching experience in the US and abroad AND in Business English

Course of Study

Students will:

  • Understand and learn to effectively use business terms in English
  • Become more familiar with using English language skills in the MBA classroom setting
  • Learn how to frame and ask questions in English in MBA classes
  • Improve their English language skills for socializing and networking
  • Practice using English in academic discussions and group work
  • Prepare for making presentations in English

Extra-curricular Activities

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:

  • The Monroe County Chamber of Commerce
  • The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University
  • Attend lectures by Business professionals
  • Visit local businesses

Requirements for Participation

Prospective participants must be admitted into the Kelley School of Business MBA program.

Application Process

After admission to the Kelley MBA Program, complete the enrollment form.

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Please note that once a student registers with the IEP Office, all program fees are non-refundable.

Estimated Expenses for One 7-week Session

IEP Expenses (1 session)AmountPaid To
Tuition$2,5001Student's IU Bursar account
IU International Student Fee $50Student's IU Bursar account
Room & Board (Estimated) $2,561Student's IU Bursar account
Health/Medical Insurance2 $298Student's IU Bursar account
TB Test3$100IU Health Center
Miscellaneous (Books, other expenses) $594Various bookstores
TOTAL EXPENSES (one session) $6,103 

1 After a student registers for the session, tuition fees are non-refundable.

2 All students are required to have medical (health) insurance. The $298 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 one time 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 $1,084 per session ($6,504 per year) to bring a spouse or first child, plus an additional $786 per session ($4,716 per year) for each additional child or dependent.

Financial Statements

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 no older than 6 months. 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 Residential Services

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.

Off-campus Housing

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

Temporary housing may be available for arriving students. Students should contact Residential Programs and Services (RPS) for information concerning availabilty and pricing.

Health Insurance

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. Most international students in F and J status and their dependents are required to enroll in the IU International Plan, but limited exemptions apply. For more information on qualifications for exemptions or to apply for an exemption, please see the International Services website.

Requirements for Insurance Waiver

  • Maximum $2,000 Out-of-Pocket expense
  • Covers all Pre-existing Conditions with no waiting period
  • $500 Deductible or less
  • $100,000 for each illness
  • $100,000 for each accident
  • $50,000 for medical evacuation
  • $25,000 for repatriation of remains to the home country in case of death
  • Female students must have policies that cover the costs of pregnancy, pre-natal care and childbirth in an amount equal to any other sickness
  • This coverage must be in force throughout a student's stay in the US

For information on the current IU Anthem Health Insurance Policy please visit the office of Human Resources.

Since Indiana University will be returning to fully in-person classes this fall, IU is requiring all students, faculty, and staff be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine before arriving to campus for the fall semester. All students must be vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine which has been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). For more details on COVID-19 vaccine requirements at IU, we invite you to check the Indiana University COVID-19 FAQ site.

Requirements for Admission

All Students admitted to the program must:

  • Have earned a high school diploma
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Prove that they or their sponsors are able to pay for living expenses and tuition while in the United States (Proof must be no older than 6 months)

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:

  1. Online application form
  2. Passport photo page (attached to form as JPG)
  3. Financial documentation in the form of a bank statement or sponsor letter (attached to form as PDF; if the bank statement is not in your name, please submit a letter of support ) Financial documentation should be written in English or translated to English by an official translation service and no older than 6 months.
  4. US $100 application fee (non-refundable).

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

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.

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Michelle Fleener

Director, Budget & Administration
Second Language Studies and Intensive English Program (812) 855-0419 Ballantine Hall 707

M.B.A. Accounting Specialization; 22 years experience in administration – 8 with an IEP; 21 years working with international students

Bryan Roberts

Director, Student Services (812) 855-8798 Ballantine Hall 705

Marissa Strittholt

Admissions and Immigration Specialist (812) 855-8798 Ballantine Hall 706


Leslie Gabriele

Senior Lecturer
Curriculum Coordinator
Lead Teacher, MBA Preparatory Course (812) 855-2180 Ballantine Hall 732

M.A. in Linguistics; 9 years experience in ESL/EFL in the USA and Brazil

Maddie Gashi

Master Teacher
Lead Teacher, Legal English Summer Start Course (812) 856-2618 Ballantine Hall 727

Certificate in Legal Studies; M.A. in TESOL & Applied Linguistics; M.A. French Linguistics; 21 years ESL experience; 3 years instructing university-level French

Michael McCafferty

Master Teacher (812) 855-4540 Ballantine Hall 726

M.A. Linguistics; Algonquian and Uto-Aztecan linguist; 24 years teaching ESL; ESL for American Indian children in New Mexico

Amber Challifour

Adjunct Instructor (812) 855-8012 Ballantine Hall 706

M.A. TESOL & Applied Linguistics; M.A. in French/German; 25 years experience teaching French/German; 7 years teaching ESL; 5 summers teaching EFL in China