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IEP – Academic

In-person, INTENSIVE English Language instruction for those determined to improve!

The Intensive English Program (IEP) at NC State University is more than an English language program. Our academic English students build a strong foundation in academic, cultural, and technological skills that prepare them for life both within and outside of the American classroom. We currently offer three levels of instruction in person – Intermediate, High-Intermediate, and Advanced.

Additionally, as the only university-based intensive academic English program in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, the IEP at NC State provides full- and part-time, non-credit English language courses for international visitors, as well as local citizens and businesses. For further details, please visit our English Language Study, Part-time Enrollment, and Custom Designed Programs webpages.

Our Students Receive

the highest quality English language instruction,
plus so much MORE!

Take a Virtual Tour of the IEP

Want to see where you will be taking classes? Take a virtual tour of the Intensive English Program building located at NC State University.

IEP reception area

Program Advantages

Why IEP?

IEP graduates are successful in their academic studies. They have the language, cultural, and academic skills needed to achieve their goals.

A high TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo score is not the best predictor of academic success. However, completion of the IEP is!

Why? A TOEFL or IELTS score measures English proficiency at a specific point in time. It does not always predict how well students are able to perform in the American classroom. However, students in the IEP live and study completely in English and assignments are similar to those in U.S. university classrooms. English is learned quickly and practiced daily.

American classrooms are different; the IEP will help you adjust.

American professors emphasize student discussions, group work and sharing personal opinions. This may be different from professors in your country. The IEP teaches you how to be successful in American classrooms.

Strong English preparation = fewer language problems + less academic frustration

If your language skills are poor, you may fail your university classes. Failing will lower your GPA and cause you to waste time AND money. It can also hurt your immigration status. Smart students invest their time and money in English preparation before taking university classes. They also strengthen their study skills and learn effective time management strategies.

Studying in the IEP is an investment in your future. If you understand and use English well, you can focus on the content of your courses rather than the language. Since all IEP courses are non-credit, failing a course in the IEP will not harm your GPA.

Learning English is a process – don’t worry about mistakes

Learning English is different from learning other subjects. Memorization of vocabulary and grammar rules is not enough. You must actively practice what you learn. Making mistakes is a part of language learning and is actually a sign that you are making progress!

Everyone loves the IEP at NC State!

Get Involved

Take advantage of all the fun activities NC State has to offer! There are many opportunities to meet other students, attend events, and explore Raleigh.

IEP students at an NC State soccer game.