Intensive English Courses

Course Levels

Five students

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
    • Not offered in summer
  • Level 2: low intermediate
    • Not offered in summer
  • Level 3: intermediate
  • Level 4: high intermediate
  • Level 5: advanced

Read what a successful student can do at the end of each level.

Program Schedule

Note: IEP courses return to in person instruction on the UIC campus in Fall 2021.

Fall and Spring semesters

  • Monday through Thursday,  8:45 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT
  • Includes breaks between courses
  • 18 hours of instruction per week

Summer semesters

  • Monday through Thursday,  8:30 a.m. – 3:00  or 3:30 p.m. CDT
  • 24 – 25 hours of instruction per week

Semester Length

Fall and Spring: 15 weeks

  • Includes midterm and holiday breaks.

Summer: 10 weeks

  • Includes holiday breaks

Course Descriptions