Overview of Programs

A summary of the English language 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 low intermediate level English proficiency before registering for this program. 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.

ESL Credit

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

Go English

Go English is an intensive 2-week, 50-hour program designed for intermediate to advanced level English language students who are interested in exploring themes in science, technology, engineering, math, business, and public policy. Visit the Go English 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.