The Intensive English Program/English as a Second Language


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International Student Orientation

New International Student Orientation will take place prior to the start of classes each semester. This is a mandatory meeting. ALL NEW STUDENTS must attend.


The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a three-semester program that develops the English proficiency necessary for students to enter an undergraduate or graduate degree program of study.

IEP Structures:

During the program, students will study academic English (reading, writing, grammar, listening, and speaking). Additionally, students will complete courses in research skills, critical thinking, study skills, and programs designed for immersion into U.S. culture. Upon completion of the IEP, students can enroll in one of many distinctive degree options and specializations.

The Intensive English Program (IEP) prepares international students for the academic demands of studying in an American university. In addition to an academic purpose, the IEP is designed for students who want to improve their English proficiency for business communication, careers, and culture.

IEP Features:

  • English as a second language (ESL) classes
  • Reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and research skills with emphasis on college preparation
  • Preparation for TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • Intensive class work focuses on English language skills, as well as practical information for living and studying in the United States

IEP Additional Information:

  • Students spend 24 hours each week in class plus 6 hours of tutoring and student development.
  • All students take a placement test prior to starting classes
  • Small class sizes to facilitate learning
  • A Certificate of Completion is awarded to qualifying students
  • Students can complete the Intensive English program in 1, 2, or 3 semesters depending on the results of their placement exam.
  • Our IEP instructors understand the academic needs of our students and are supportive of student success
  • Marywood’s IEP is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP)