English Language Study Application

This option is for students who wish to join the NC State Intensive English Program directly as a full-time student (without conditional admission to an undergraduate or graduate degree program).

Application Deadlines

December 2

Spring entry (January)

April 15

Summer entry (May)*

July 15

Fall entry (August)

*Contact iep@ncsu.edu for more details before submitting an application for the summer semester, especially if you are applying after the 4/15 deadline. Summer is best for motivated new students who have at least a TOEFL iBT 70, IELTS Academic 6.0, Duolingo 90, or who place into our Levels 5 and 6. Level 4 is typically not offered during the summer due to low demand. The summer session is recommended for returning students due to its shortened schedule and even more intensive nature. However, we do occasionally accept new students into the 10-week summer session.


  • Your application will not be processed until you have submitted all required documents.
  • It takes 7-10 business days to process your application. If you are accepted, you will receive an email when your acceptance packet has been mailed.
  • English language students who enter the IEP without conditional admission are not guaranteed admission to a degree program. Once a student is enrolled in the IEP, they are no longer eligible to be considered for future conditional admission to the university. Students should apply directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or the Graduate School to be considered for conditional admission.
IEP Student Worker showing a student a campus map.

Have Questions?

Email intensive-english@ncsu.edu if you have questions throughout the admission process and check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for answers to our most common questions.