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Visiting Scholar Courses

Visiting Scholar Courses – Summer Registration will remaine open through 5/14/23

Each semester, the IEP offers visiting scholars at NC State a 10-week conversation skills class and a 10-week writing skills class for a small fee. Visiting scholars are also eligible to enroll in an Intensive English Language course as a part-time student with the approval of their department. Details on both options can be found below.

Visiting Scholars – Conversation Skills

  • Course Overview: In this 10-week course, students will have an opportunity to sharpen their English conversation skills and explore topics relating to American culture. This is a very popular class that fills up quickly.
  • Course Details: (Spring, Summer, and Fall):
    • 1.5 hours/week for 10 weeks
      • Spring: early February – late April (no class during Spring Break)
      • Summer: mid-May – mid/late July
      • Fall: middle of September – middle of November
    • Thursdays, 4:00-5:30pm
    • All proficiency levels welcome
    • Course Fee: $50


Academic Writing Skills

  • Course Overview: In this 10-week class, students will learn how to improve their English language writing. The instructor will focus on various types of academic writing and advanced grammatical structures. Please note there are assignments outside of class.
    • Students will:
      • focus on various types of academic writing including, but not limited to email, reports, summaries, and problem-solution texts.
      • review and practice advanced grammatical structures and tones common to each type of writing.
      • learn to recognize appropriate styles for specific audiences
      • learn to interpret, assess, and respond to information in professional and academic publications
      • acquire the ability to properly utilize and cite document sources.
  • Course Details (Spring and Fall):
    • 2 hours/week for 10 weeks
    • Spring: early February – mid-April (No class during Spring Break)
    • Fall: middle of September – middle of November
    • Wednesdays and Fridays, 12pm-1pm
    • Course fee: $85
  • Course Details (Summer):
    • 1.5 hours/week for 10 weeks
    • Summer: mid-May – late July
    • Wednesdays, 11:30-1:00pm
    • Course fee: $65


Note: A minimum level of intermediate English proficiency is required to get full benefit from these classes.

Part-Time Enrollment

Visiting scholars are eligible to enroll in one of our regular IEP courses as a part-time student. Part-time students can enroll in up to 16 hours per week. Please note that part-time students must demonstrate at least an intermediate level of English proficiency in order to participate in this program. Click below to learn more about our part-time enrollment program.

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