Frequently Asked Questions

Still have questions? Here are the most common questions asked by students.

Questions About the IEP

It will depend on the result of the placement exam, but generally students spend one to three semesters in the program. There are three levels in the IEP, and it usually takes one semester to complete a level.
The placement exam is given on campus several days before classes begin.

There is no set way to study for our placement test, however, students have found that the more they surround themselves with the English language, the more comfortable they are when taking the placement test.

Some suggestions include:

  1. Read in English on any topic of interest to YOU; read as much as you can – magazine articles, newspapers, novels, etc.
  2. Watch English language TV – the international news, American TV shows , movies, etc.
  3. Listen to English podcasts
  4. Speak and write in English as much as possible.  Practice sharing your opinions on a variety of topics.  Be sure to support them with relevant details and examples 
English language students are not guaranteed admission to undergraduate degree programs. Once a student is enrolled in the IEP as an English language student, they are no longer eligible for conditional admission to the university. Students should apply directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to be considered for conditional admission. 
New Mind (UPP) has been an official partner of North Carolina State University since 2010 and provides OPTIONAL supplementary services for NC State IEP students, if desired, for an extra fee. These additional services may include extra advising, assistance with housing, special activities, workshops, and leadership classes. It is not necessary to join UPP in order to be accepted to the IEP as either an IEP-only student (no offer of conditional admission) or as a conditionally-admitted student.

For more information about New Mind (UPP) please visit their website.

Yes. If you are admitted to the IEP, NC State will issue your I-20 and mail it to you.
Yes! You may apply to the IEP if you are under 18 years old.
Yes!  The IEP offers part-time enrollment.  Please visit our part-time enrollment page for more information.
No. The cost of the IEP is made up of the program fee and mandatory university fees. These fees are the same for every student in the IEP, no matter what their visa status is or where they are currently living.

Questions About Admission to NC State and Conditional Admission

Yes, beginning in 2019 multiple graduate programs will be offering conditional admission. Visit the Graduate Conditional Admission page for a list of programs that will offer graduate conditional admission.
Yes, you must still complete the IEP. Once a student accepts the offer of conditional admission to NC State, he/she has made an agreement with the University and the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to fulfill the conditions of admission.  To fulfill the condition of admission, a student must successfully complete the IEP.

A submission of a new TOEFL or IELTS score will not necessarily exempt conditionally admitted students from completing the IEP.  It is true that a higher score on a standardized test does indicate improved English proficiency.  However, student performance in an IEP is a better predictor over time of a student’s ability to successfully use English in an academic environment.

Yes, you can; however, you should be aware of several important issues.
  1. Your new application will be reviewed, and your progress in the IEP will be carefully examined. If your academic performance in the IEP is not strong, this may reflect negatively on your entire application.
  2. There is no guarantee that those students who previously received an offer of conditional admission will receive a letter of direct admission by submitting this new application.
Conditionally admitted students who complete the IEP are expected to matriculate into their degree programs within one semester of passing level 6. If you are away for more than one semester, you will be expected to reapply for admission with a new TOEFL/IELTS score. This is because language proficiency is lost if not actively used.
No, you may not. An offer of conditional admission is only valid beginning the semester indicated on the offer letter. Students may not come to the IEP early, even as an IEP-only student.
It is strongly recommended that you apply to Undergraduate Admissions to receive conditional admission if you are considering attending NC State during your stay in the United States.  After completing the IEP, you then would proceed to your major without having to take an additional TOEFL or IELTS.

If you enroll in the IEP as an English language student, and decide to apply to NC State while you in the program, you are not eligible for conditional admission to the university. English language students are not guaranteed admission to undergraduate degree programs.

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