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 
No, admission to the IEP is separate from degree admission to NC State and does not guarantee admission to degree programs. Students should apply directly to Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions for admission to degree programs.
New Mind (UPP) and the Global Education Institute (GEI) are private organizations that provide 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 any of these programs 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 please visit their website.

For more information about the Global Education Institute, 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.
Not at the present time, but we are working on this option for the future. Right now, IEP students must attend all classes full-time. In general, full-time students attend classes 23 -25 hours per week.

Questions About Admission to NC State and Conditional Admission

Not at the present time, but we are working on this option for select graduate programs in the future. However, students interested in attending graduate school may find it very helpful to attend the IEP first.   Attending the IEP will ensure that future graduate students have the academic English necessary for success in their programs.
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 recommended that you apply as an undergraduate student if you are considering attending NC State during your stay in the United States. Receiving an offer of conditional admission saves a spot for you in your major at NC State. If you apply as an IEP only student and later apply to NC State, there might not be any spaces for you in your undergraduate class, even if you are an excellent student.

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