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English Language Institute

Welcome to UCM’s English Language Institute (ELI). We offer an academic Intensive English Program (need link to IEP) and short-term, specialized cultural programming for students at the University of Central Missouri. It is our goal to provide English language learners the skills they need to be successful at the university, in their careers, or in specialized language programs. The ELI is housed together with the Center for Global Education in the Elliott Student Union 302. We are a unit of the School of English and Philosophy.

ELI Mission Statement

UCM's English Language Institute (ELI), with its CEA-accredited Intensive English Program, teaches a broad range of language skills to successfully prepare students to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees at US institutions of higher education. The ELI also creates diverse, dynamic short-term language and culture programs and provides English language training for variety of professional fields.


Intensive English Program (IEP)

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The University of Central Missouri is accredited by the Commission of English Language Program Accreditation through December 2025 and agrees to uphold CEA standards. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs in the U.S. For further information about accreditation, contact CEA at 1001 North Fairfax St., Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (707) 665-3400.

IEP Mission Statement

The mission of the Intensive English Program is to provide an intensive program which teaches a broad range of English language and study skills to non-native speakers of English so they can successfully pursue an academic degree program at the undergraduate or graduate level at a U.S. institution of higher education by demonstrating proficiency in reading, writing, grammar, and listening/speaking through a dynamic curriculum and cultural programming which responds to the needs of students.

IEP Details

The Intensive English Program (IEP) has 9 levels ranging from beginning to advanced. Each level is 8 weeks, and student achievement is measured through student learning outcomes. Classes meet from Monday through Thursday for 20-24 hours per week. Core courses include Reading, Writing, Grammar, Communication Skills, and Testing Skills. Electives include Vocabulary, Tutorial, Seminar in American Culture, and Accent Reduction. IEP cultural activities are an important part of the program structure and take place regularly throughout the session, usually on Fridays. Courses typically begin at 9:00AM and end at 4:00PM.

Upon successful completion of the IEP, students receive certificates of completion and may move into their academic programs via the TOEFL Waiver Program. Two grade modes are available to students. Most students choose the Grade Point Average mode, which directly affects their GPA as undergraduate students Some students choose the Pass/Fail mode, which has no effect on their GPA when students consistently pass their IEP classes. All students must achieve a minimum of 70% in each class in order to move up in level, and all IEP students receive official UCM transcripts.

IEP Estimated Costs

 2018-19 Costs (based on 9 months)

Tuition and Fees $14,679.00 ($451.30 per credit hour)
Living Expenses $8,766.00
Other Costs $1,418.00
TOTAL $24,863.00 

IEP Admission

Apply online for the Intensive English Program.

To apply for or inquire about a short-term or specialized ELI program, please contact the director, Ms. Valerie Heming, at

IEP Application Deadlines, Orientation Dates: 2018-2019

IEP Application Deadlines, Orientation Dates: 2018-2019
Semester Application
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Summer 2018
June 6 – July 26

May 1, 2018 1 Session:
June 4 – June 5
June 3

Fall 2018
August 13 – December 7

July 1, 2018

Session 1:
August 6 – August 10

Session 2:
October 4 – October 5

Session 1:
August 5

Session 2:
October 3

Spring 2019
January 14 – May 10

October 1, 2018

Session 1:
January 9 – January 11 (tentative)

Session 2:
March 7 – March 8

Session 1:
January 6

Session 2:
March 6


Summer 2019
June 5– July 25

 May 1, 2019 1 Session:
June 3 – June 4
June 2 

English Language Institute Pathway to Success (ELIPS)

The ELI offers a pathway to success program for eligible F-1 students. ELIPS students take academic classes and intensive English language classes together.

Undergraduate Criteria

  • A minimum of 12 credit hours per academic semester
  • Arrival in August or January recommended
  • iBT TOEFL 53
  • pBT TOEFL 483
  • IELTS Academic 5.0
  • IEP Placement Test Level 7, 8 or 9

Estimated Length of Program

  • 3 semesters

Graduate Criteria

  • A minimum of 9 credit hours per academic semester
  • Arrival in August or January recommended
  • iBT TOEFL 61
  • pBT TOEFL 500
  • IELTS Academic 5.5
  • IEP Placement Test Level 8 or 9

Estimated Length of Program

  • 2 semesters

Information for Current Students

Weekly Message from the ELI Team

The ELI welcomes our students from around the world. We can’t wait to meet you during the International Student Orientation on August 7-10, 2018.

JOIN the ELI Conversation Partner Program (CPP)

Would you like to participate in the CPP? This is a great way to make a friend from the US and meet weekly for conversation practice. Collin Mills is our CPP Coordinator. He is happy to answer any of your questions. Apply by emailing him at  Come join the fun this fall.

JOIN English Café

Every Thursday starting in September, UCM international and American students get together to talk, laugh, and play games.  Thursdays from 4-5pm. For more information, email us at


All current students must meet with the ELI Director, Ms. Valerie Heming to discuss their transition plan from IEP to an academic program. Please email her for an advising appointment. You can reach her at

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Information for Future Students

F-1 and Full-time J-1 students

There are nine levels in the IEP. One level is typically completed in one eight-week session. All students who enter the U.S. with an I-20 or a DS-2019 issued by UCM must be enrolled as full-time students in the IEP until successfully completing the program.

Full-time enrollment in the IEP is 12 credit hours. Students should report the the English Language Institute upon arrival and complete New International Student Orientation.

TOEFL Waiver Program

The IEP offers a TOEFL Waiver Program. Students at the advanced level who have successfully completed the final level of the IEP are eligible to move directly into their academic program without taking the TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic test to demonstrate proficiency.  

*Please Note: Admission into the Intensive English Program as an IEP-Only student does not guarantee admission into an academic program at UCM.  

Apply to IEP

If you wish to attend UCM’s IEP to improve your English skills, please follow this application process.

Apply here for one of the following:

Intensive English Program Only
You will need to upload a copy of your passport, proof of finances, and a declaration of financial support (please link to declaration document). You may also email the director with these documents attached.

IEP to Bachelor’s Degree (Conditional Admission to Undergraduate School)
You will need to upload a copy of your passport, proof of finances, and a declaration of financial support (please link to declaration document), and your high school transcripts.

IEP to Master’s Degree (Conditional Admission to Graduate School)
You will need to upload a copy of your passport, proof of finances, and a declaration of financial support (please link to declaration document), and your college transcripts.

Apply to ELI

If you are interested in applying for a short-term program, special training, workshops, and/or an online course, please contact the ELI Director, Ms. Valerie Heming at

Questions?  Contact Us.




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