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Intensive English Program

Program Description

The University of Central Missouri's English Language Institute offers the Intensive English Program, the first intensive English program in Missouri to be accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation. The program is designed for international students who would like to improve their English skills and attend a college or university in the United States.

 

Students studying intensive English

Program Highlights

The program features courses in reading, writing, grammar, communication skills, American culture, test-taking skills and:

  • Five 8-week sessions per year
  • Five entry points: January, March, June, August, and October
  • 20 hours of classroom instruction per week
  • Placement testing for new students
  • Orientation and airport services
  • Official certificate of completion and UCM transcript
  • Core curriculum in reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills
  • Test preparation
  • Conditional admission
  • ESL Pathway Program with concurrent IEP and academic enrollment
 
Accredited by CEA logo

The University of Central Missouri English Language Institute Intensive English Program is accredited by the Commission of English Language Program Accreditation for the period December 2015 through December 2025 and agrees to uphold CEA standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation,  please contact CEA at 1001 North Fairfax St, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.

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, listening, and 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.
  • There are 20 contact hours per week.
  • Core courses include Reading, Writing, Grammar, Communication Skills, and Testing Skills.
  • Electives include Tutorial and Seminar in American Culture.
  • 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.
  • Upon successful completion of the IEP, students receive certificates of completion and may move into their academic programs via the TOEFL Waiver Program. 

Sample Weekly Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Reading Skills

9-10:50 a.m.

Communication Skills

9-10:50 a.m.

Reading Skills

9-10:50 a.m.

Communication Skills

9-10:50 a.m.

IEP Activities,

Study Groups


Writing Skills

11 a.m.-12:50p.m.

Grammar Skills

11 a.m.-12:50p.m.

Writing Skills

11 a.m.-12:50p.m.

Grammar Skills

11 a.m.-12:50p.m.

Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break Lunch Break

Elective Course

2-2:50 p.m.

Elective Course

2-2:50 p.m.

Elective Course

2-2:50 p.m.

Elective Course

2-2:50 p.m.

Reading Lab

3-3:50 p.m.

 Communication Skills

Lab

3-3:50p.m.

Writing Lab

3-3:50 p.m.

 Grammar Lab

3-3:50p.m.

Lab times and elective times may switch.

IEP Attendance Policy

COVID-19 Update
Students should stay home if they are sick and will not be penalized for missing class due to illness. If you will miss class due to COVID-19 or have potential symptoms, please fill out the UCM Student Communication Form
 

Attendance is very important for student success at UCM. The IEP wants to help you achieve your educational goals and develop good habits for your college career. IEP instructors expect students to be in class on time every day. For more information, the university's absence policy is described in the online UCM Student Handbook called Guide to Good Decision Making, page 43. Additionally, international students must maintain their immigration status. It is the absent student's responsibility to find out what has been missed and to take care of what needs to be completed and to maintain their immigration status. 

The policy states that any student who accumulates more than 12 unexcused absences in a semester-long class will not receive credit for the course. A student with more than 6 unexcused absences will have his or her grade lowered by one letter grade. Further absences may result in further grade reduction, as determined by the instructor. 

If students miss 3 classes in one session, they will attend mandatory advising with the ELI director and the GISS immigration advisor. 

2021-2022 IEP Tuition and Fees

Estimated Costs (based on 9 months)

Tuition and Fees $14,679.00 ($516.80 per credit hour)
Living Expenses $9,196.00
Other Costs $1,618.00
TOTAL $25,493.00


For more information on Tuition and costs, go to https://www.ucmo.edu/future- students/tuition-and-costs/ 

IEP Application Deadlines, Orientation Dates: 2021-2022

Semester Application 
Deadline
Orientation 
Dates
Airport Pick Up

Spring 2022

October 1, 2021

Session 1: 
January 4 – January 7

Session 2: 
March 15 – March 18

Session 1: 
January 3

Session 2: 
March 14

Summer 2022

May 1, 2022

Session: 
June 1 – June 3 

May 31

 

Fall 2022

 

July 1, 2022

Session 1

August 9 – August 12

Session 2

October 6 – October 7

Session 1:

August 8


Session 2

October 5

 

Spring 2023

 

October 1, 2022

Session 1

January 3 – January 6

Session 2: 
March 14 – March 17

Session 1:

January 2

Session 2: 
March 13

Summer 2023

May 1, 2023

Session: 
June 1 – June 2 

May 31

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 12 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

Admission Process

For IEP Students (F-1, F-2, . . .)

Apply in English with ApplyESL.

ApplyESL - English

Choose your language to get started with the application process with ApplyESL: Español - Spanish日本語 - Japanese한국어 - Korean繁體中文 - Traditional Chinese简体中文 - Simplified ChinesePortuguês - PortugueseTürkçe - TurkishTiếng Việt - VietnameseArabic العربيـةFrançais – FrenchDeutsch – GermanItaliano – ItalianBahasa Indonesia – Indonesianภาษาไทย - Thai, or Pусский - Russian

For ELI Students (short-term, non credit, or online courses)

Admission Application

 

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