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Part-Time Enrollment

The Intensive English Program offers part-time enrollment to students (18 years or older) in the Triangle area who are interested in improving one or more aspects of their English proficiency. Study with others from around the world.

Depending on the semester schedule, classes may be offered throughout the day or in the evening. Click here to view short IEP student videos about our program.

Benefits of IEP Part-Time Enrollment

  • Good value ($18 per contact hour)
  • Experienced ESL instructors
  • Enhance academic and professional language skills
  • 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 course hour, you should plan on having one 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.

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Levels of Instruction

Level 4Intermediate*
Level 5High Intermediate
Level 6Low Advanced

Course Options and Cost

Part-time students can enroll in up to 22 class hours/week per semester with the IEP.

CourseTotal Course Hours/wkClass Meetings/wk 10-wk Summer 15-wk Fall, Spring
Conversation & Presentation Skills
75-min. classes2 days per week $510 $765
Listening & Note-Taking for Academic Lectures
75-min. classes 2 days per week $510 $765
Academic Reading & Vocabulary90-min. classes4 days per week $1020 $1530
Academic Writing, Research & Grammar 1.5-2 hour classes4-5 days per week $1360 or
$2180 or
American Life and University Culture75-minute class1 day a week$195$290

Important Notes:

  • Students in the Raleigh area who are over 18 years of age are eligible to take one or more IEP classes. NOTE: Our classes are designed for intermediate to advanced levels of English proficiency.
  • Spring and fall semesters are approximately 15 weeks; the summer semester is usually 10 weeks.
  • Usually, all levels of instruction (intermediate, high-intermediate, and low-advanced) are offered each semester.
  • Part-time students are placed in the regular IEP courses with our full-time English language students.
  • Refunds are issued following the university 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.
  • The IEP primarily serves college-age students wishing to study either at NC State or other American colleges and universities. These students take the program on a full-time basis and are in classes from 21-23 hours per week.

Frequently Asked Questions

All part-time students are required to take the online IEP placement prior to the beginning of their first semester in the IEP. Upon registration, part-time students will be sent instructions on how to take our online proficiency test. The IEP staff will discuss the results of the test with the students and recommend courses that fit the students’ interests, abilities, and schedule.

Part-time students MAY take classes at different skill levels to account for their strengths in different skill areas and the result of their placement test. For example, a student with stronger speaking skills may take Conversation/Presentation Skills Level 5 at the same time as Reading/Vocabulary Level 4.

Tentative course schedules will be made available to interested part-time students approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the start date of the next available semester. Final course schedules will be available approximately three days before the first day of class. It is possible, but unlikely, that the schedule will have significantly changed during this time period.


  • Part-time students are placed in classes with full-time students as long as there are sufficient seats available. Therefore, it is important to register early to secure your seat in a class.
  • Part-time students may indicate a preference for a given IEP instructor when registering for courses or in communication with the IEP. Generally, these requests will be honored unless there are insufficient spaces in the section requested. Please note that IEP staff make final placement determinations.

Part-time IEP students will be responsible for all of the work assigned by their instructors. At the end of each semester, they will receive a grade that represents their level of achievement in meeting the student learning outcomes for each course.

In order to advance to the next level for a specific skill, part-time students must achieve a grade of at least 80. This is to ensure that these students have met the student learning outcomes for their course so that they are ready for more challenging material at the next level of instruction. Students may not advance at a given skill level without having passed the course at the previous level of instruction.

Want to learn more about part-time enrollment in the IEP?

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