Part-Time Enrollment

The Intensive English Program offers part-time enrollment for the general public, NC State Visiting Scholars, their spouses, and dependents (18+) as well as the spouses and dependents (18+) of international students.

Benefits of IEP Part-Time Enrollment

Good value ($15 per contact hour)

Enhance academic and professional language skills

Experienced ESL instructors

Convenient location – across from D.H. Hill Library

Time Commitment

The IEP is time-intensive.

The Intensive English Program is not designed for casual or social learners of English.

Generally speaking, for each hour spent in class, plan on having up to two hours of work to complete outside of class. The amount of actual homework will depend on the course and the number of hours it meets per week.

Levels of Instruction

4 Intermediate*

5 High Intermediate

6 Low Advanced

*Level 4 is not offered during the summer.

Course Options and Cost

Part-time students can enroll in up to 16 hours/week per semester with the IEP.

Conversation and Presentation Skills 3 1.5 hrs, 2 days/week$495$742.50
Listening and Note-Taking Skills 31.5 hrs, 2 days/week$495$742.50
Reading and Vocabulary 62 hrs, 3 days/week$900$1485
Writing and Grammar 8-10*2 hrs, 4-5 days/week$1320-$1650$1980-$2475

Note: NC State University announced on March 31, 2020, that summer classes will continue in the online format in response to the coronavirus. If you have questions or concerns about attending the IEP classes online, please email

*The number of hours per week is dependent on the English level. The cost reflects the number of hours per week.


  • Part-time students can enroll in up to 16 hours/week per semester with the IEP.
  • Spring and Fall semesters are 15 weeks and the Summer semester is 10 weeks. Level 4 is typically not offered during the summer.
  • Refunds are issued following the university’s posted policy. A $10 administrative fee will be applied for every class withdrawal processed.
  • Because IEP part-time students do not pay university fees, they are not eligible to use university resources such as the recreational center/gym or printing services.  In addition, they may not check out or borrow materials from the library.
  • NC State does not issue support letters for students wishing to study on a part-time basis in the IEP.
  • Part-time students will be in the regular IEP courses with the full-time English language students.
  • The IEP primarily serves college-age students wishing to study either at NC State University or other American universities. The majority of students are between the ages of 18-23. These students take the program on a full-time basis and are in classes from 21-23 hours per week.

Frequently Asked Questions

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