Custom Designed English Language Programs (CDPs)

Experienced IEP staff and administrators welcome the opportunity to create a unique online or in-person experience that meets your groups English language needs.

Over the years, the IEP has created and hosted customized programs for international high schools, university partner institutions, local businesses, and government sponsors. Examples of programs include, but are not limited to:

  • general English conversation and culture
  • exploring North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States
  • pronunciation and presentation skills for international conferences
  • increasing accuracy and efficiency of communication at the workplace
  • foundation year programs
  • English for specific purposes and professions
    • English for Engineers
    • Business English Communication
    • International Marketing

IEP Custom Programs partner with a variety of entities for both online and in-person program. Past partners include:

Government-Sponsored Groups

Group photo from Tolima.

Universidad del Tolima (Ibague, Colombia)

Intensive English instructors traveled to Tolima’s campus to lead a three-week program designed for faculty, postdocs, and undergraduates in the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Zootecnics at the Universidad del Tolima in Ibague, Colombia. The program focused on strengthening participants’ English skills and preparing them to publish and present at professional conferences in English.

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Kaust graduation group photo

KAUST Gifted Student Program (KGSP)

NC State is proud to have been selected to host four separate student groups from the KAUST Gifted Student Program (KGSP) for a special Foundation Year (2014, 2015, 2021 and 2022). This prestigious Foundation Year program is designed to sharpen academic English and SAT scores, study STEM courses on a non-credit basis, and learn about American culture, all while applying to U.S. universities. The KGSP Foundation Year is jointly administered by the IEP and the Global Training Initiative (GTI).

SNA Group Photo at the belltower.

Suzhou North America High School

Students from Suzhou North America High School (SNA) traveled to NC State’s campus for a two-month program designed to prepare them for college applications. Students on such programs might live on a U.S. university campus as they strengthen their English skills, prepare for the TOEFL iBT, and explore the beach and mountains of North Carolina.

Academic Institutions

Proyecta group photo from fall 2017 at the Court of Carolina.

Proyecta 100,00

The IEP hosted two cohorts of Mexican students for four weeks in fall of 2017 and summer of 2016. Students took classes in the IEP and enjoyed educational extracurricular activities. Proyecta 100,000 was an initiative of the Mexican government the goal of which was to have 100,000 Mexican citizens studying in the United States by 2018, thus strengthening the relationship between both countries.

PMP students holding up their textbook.

Pre-Masters Program (PMP)

The IEP partnered with the Global Education Institute (GEI) for their Pre-Master’s Program (PMP) from 2014-2016. The PMP was specifically designed to build the English language proficiency, academic research/writing skills, and cultural literacy required for success in graduate programs.

BSMP students posing on stairs

Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP)

The IEP hosted students in the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program (BSMP). Students took approximately 6 weeks of intensive English courses before beginning their academic programming at NC State in their chosen STEM field of study.
The Brazil Scientific Mobility Program was sponsored by CAPES (Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior) and CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico) and was administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Local/International Companies

IEP – Cooper English Enhancement Program

Partnering with the Cooper Electrical Construction Company, the IEP created a 12-week program for over 100 Cooper employees designed to help develop their English skills and boost their confidence in business settings. The program’s curriculum was tailored to improve not only personal communication but workplace-specific English as well. During some of our on-campus tours, a few Cooper employees had the chance to visit their children who are currently attending NC State. Plans for future cohorts are currently underway.

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Students in a group discussion

Let’s Create a Program Together

The IEP designs high-quality short-term programs according to the unique needs of each group.

Located near Raleigh? Custom-designed programs can be conducted onsite or on NC State’s campus!

Request Information today by emailing Cate Madden, IEP Director, at