Overview of Programs

A summary of the programs at the International English Center

The International English Center offers several programs to meet the needs of its diverse student population. We offer English skills and college preparation classes for beginning to advanced students. Please read below for a brief description of our programs. There are also links below to further information about each program.

Intensive English

The IEP is our most well-attended program and is the heart of the International English Center. In this year-round program, classes are offered at eight levels: Introductory, Basic 1, Basic 2, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, Intermediate 3, Advanced 1, and Advanced 2. The academic year is divided into five, 8-week-long sessions, and students typically attend 4-5 classes each session, advancing to a new level each session. When they arrive, students are tested and placed into classes which most closely match their English proficiency. Students who have lower-level English skills should expect to spend at least one year and up to one-and-a-half years in our program before entering a university. Visit the Intensive English Program page for more information.

ESL Academic Bridge

The ESL Academic Bridge Program is for conditionally-admitted students who have not met the English language proficiency requirements for admission into a degree program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Students who choose to enroll in the ESL Academic Bridge Program must successfully complete the program prior to beginning their degree program at the university. Visit the ESL Academic Bridge Program page for more information.

Intensive Test Preparation

The IEC offers a full-time intensive test preparation program designed for English language students who are applying to undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Courses meet 20 hours per week. Students can enroll in courses which target the TOEFL and IELTS or GMAT and GRE. It is strongly recommended that students have a minimum of intermediate to high intermediate levels of English proficiency before registering for these programs. New students take an English language placement test to assess their proficiency level. All students work with an academic advisor who can assist with the university and graduate school application process. Visit the Intensive Test Preparation Program page for more information.

Legal English

The Legal English Program (LEP) is designed for international students who plan on attending law school in the US as well as practicing international lawyers seeking to refine their English language skills. This is an 8-week intensive program, which meets 20-24 hours per week. Students on an F-1 or J-1 visa take the full program, while part-time and current degree students can enroll in individual courses. Visit the Legal English Program page for more information.

ESL Credit

The ESL Credit Program is designed for international graduate, undergraduate and exchange students enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder or working professionals from the Boulder area. Visit the ESL Credit Program page for more information.

Short-Term Language + Culture

The Short-Term Language + Culture Program is designed for tourists, business visitors, family, and friends who are seeking to improve their English language skills while experiencing the culture and beauty of Boulder. Students seeking the flexibility of part-time study will appreciate the focused 16-hour per week classroom instruction in conversation skills, structure, pronunciation, and U.S. culture. Afternoons are reserved for activities that provide the perfect opportunity for students to practice their English in real situations. Visit the Short-Term Language + Culture Program page for more information.

Au Pair Language & Culture

The Au Pair Language & Culture Program is designed specifically for au pairs. Each 8-week course provides 36 hours of instruction. Au pairs can take 2 courses to meet the 72 hours required for a J-1 visa. Au pairs who enroll in these courses will engage with other au pairs, explore cultural and historical sites, polish their writing, reading, listening, speaking, grammar, pronunciation, and presentation skills, expand their academic and professional knowledge, collaborate on projects and presentations, gain confidence communicating in English, and develop international social and professional networks. Courses are designed for intermediate to advanced level speakers of English. Visit the Au Pair Language & Culture Program page for more information.

EducationUSA Academy

The EducationUSA Academy at the University of Colorado Boulder is designed for 15-17 year old students who have intermediate to advanced levels of English language proficiency. The program focuses on English language instruction, academic culture and the U.S. higher education system, the university admissions process (applications, essays, required tests, scholarship opportunities, and interviews), and U.S. current events, issues, culture, and intercultural communication. The program includes instruction, materials, and activities that promote students’ professional development. The program also provides opportunities for students to interact with native speakers of English, including peer groups on campus. Visit the EducationUSA Academy website for more information.

Customized Programs

The International English Center regularly works with various groups to provide specialized English and educational experiences. Visit the Customized Programs page for more information.