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. Please note that part-time students must demonstrate at least an intermediate level of English proficiency in order to participate in this program.

Benefits of IEP Part-Time Enrollment

  • Convenient location – across from D.H. Hill Library
  • Enhance academic/professional language skills
  • Good value ($15 per contact hour)
  • Experienced ESL instructors

Program Information and Eligibility

  • Current NC State Visiting Scholars who will be at the university through the entirety of the upcoming semester
  • Dependents (18+) or spouses of current visiting scholars and international students
  • General public living in the Raleigh area
  • All students who enroll in the IEP must demonstrate at least an intermediate level of proficiency by taking the IEP placement test.
  • Note: NC State does not issue support letters for students wishing to study on a part-time basis in the IEP.

The Intensive English Program ONLY serves students at the intermediate through advanced levels of instruction.  Three levels of instruction are offered: intermediate (Level 4), high-intermediate (Level 5), and low-advanced (Level 6).

Note that level 4 is not offered during the summer.

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 23-25 hours per week. 

Part-time students will be in the regular IEP courses with the full-time English language students. 

Course Options and Cost

CourseHours/weekScheduleFall 2019
Conversation and Presentation Skills (CPS) 3 hours/weekTwice a week for 90 minutes$675
Listening and Note-Taking Skills (LNT) 3 hours/weekTwice a week for 90 minutes$675
Academic Reading and Vocabulary Development (RV) 8 hours/week4 days a week for two hours$1800
Academic Writing and Advanced Grammar Usage (WG) 8-10 hours/week*4-5 days a week for two hours$1800 - $2250

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

Students spend an estimated $100-300 per semester on textbooks and $20 for an NC State ID card.


  • 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.
  • 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.

Spring 2020 Part-Time Enrollment

Steps for Enrollment

  1. Register for the IEP Placement Test and indicate which courses you are interested in taking. The test dates for spring 2020 are as follows:
    1. Tuesday, December 3, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
    2. Wednesday, December 11, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
    3. Monday, December 16, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
    4. Thursday, January 2, 9:00 – 11:00 AM
  2. Take the IEP placement test.
    1. The test location is the Intensive English Program building; 2526 Hillsborough Street, Suite 200, Raleigh, NC 27607.
    2. You will be notified of your placement level and the course options available to you by email 3-5 business days after taking the placement test.
  3. December 18, 2019: The Spring 2020 schedule is released.
  4. January 3, 2020: Deadline to select your finalized course options. Part-time students may not take more than 16 hours per semester with the IEP.
  5. The IEP will enroll you in the selected course(s). You will receive an email with how to pay.
  6. Review IEP semester dates*
  7. Pay for course(s) by Tuesday, January 7, 2020

*Please note that IEP semester dates differ slightly from main campus. The semester start date is January 6, 2020 and the semester end date is April 23, 2020.

Register for IEP Placement Test

Questions? Email or call 919-515-1038.

Time Commitment

Studying a textbook

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.

Course Options for Visiting Scholars

  • Offered Fall/Spring 1 hour/week/10 weeks
  • First-come, first-served
  • Two sections- lunchtime and late afternoon
  • Strictly for visiting scholars
  • All proficiency levels welcomed
  • The focus is on conversation and culture
  • No homework
  • No grade is given.  A certificate of completion can be issued upon request.
  • Offered Fall/Spring 2 hours/week/10 weeks
  • Nominal fee of $105
  • First-come, first-served
  • One section – early evening
  • Strictly for visiting scholars
  • A minimum level of intermediate English proficiency is required
  • The focus is on various types of academic writing and advanced grammatical structures
  • Minimal amount of homework
  • No grade is given.  A certificate of completion can be issued upon request.
  • Offered Fall/Spring/Summer
  • Three levels of instruction: intermediate-advanced
  • Differentiated skills/courses:  Writing/Grammar, Listening/Note-taking, Conversation/Presentation Skills, Reading/Vocabulary
  • Integration with full-time IEP students
  • Regular IEP program fees are assessed per semester
  • Intensive and academic in nature with regular homework
  • Grades are given.  A letter of enrollment can be issued upon request.