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Intensive English Courses

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All new students at our Intensive English Program take comprehensive placement exams that test spoken English and written English skills before the first week of class. This determines their Reading/Writing and Listening/Speaking levels.

Our Intensive English Program levels are:

  • Level 1: High Beginning
  • Level 2: Low intermediate
  • Level 3: High Intermediate
  • Level 4: Advanced
  • Level 5: Advanced Professional Skills

A student completes one level per semester. Courses may be repeated once if the student is unable to reach the learning outcomes of the first semester in the course.

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Fall

16 weeks

  • 14 weeks of instruction with a week break at midterm and an extra week off during winter break.

Spring

16 weeks

  • 14 weeks of instruction with a week break at midterm, a week break for UIC Spring Break, and a week off between Spring and Summer semester.

Summer

12 weeks

  • 10 weeks of instruction with a 2-week break between Summer and Fall

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These courses meet 100% in person on the UIC campus.

Fall and Spring semesters

  • Monday through Thursday,  8:30 a.m. – 3:10 p.m. CDT
    • Reading and writing skills are taught in a.m. classes.
    • Listening and speaking skills are taught in p.m. classes.
  • Includes breaks between courses
  • 18 hours of instruction per week

Summer semester

Levels 1-4

  • Monday through Friday,  8:30 a.m. – 3:00   p.m. CDT

Level 5

  • Monday through Thursday,  8:30 a.m. –  3:30 p.m. CDT

For all levels:

  • Reading and writing skills are taught in a.m. classes.
  • Listening and speaking skills are taught in p.m. classes.
  • 24 – 25 hours of instruction per week

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