Prospective Students

Why study English at the IEC?


Unique Opportunity to Learn English

The IEC offers students from all parts of the world a unique opportunity to learn English in a stimulating academic atmosphere, which is at the same time friendly and welcoming. The year-round program features five 8-week sessions of intensive English as Second Language (ESL) instruction, combined with orientation to university customs, academic preparation, and an introduction to life in the United States. The minimum age requirement to enroll in regular IEC programs is 18 years from the date of birth. Students may obtain an application form on the IEC Apply Now page.

Flexible Schedule

Start Studying in August, October, January, March, or June

The IEC offers students five 8-week session start dates a year (August, October, January, March, June). Full-time enrollment requires 20 hours of classtime per week. Classes meet between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. See the IEC calendar for specific start dates.

Session Schedule

  • Spring 1: Early January to Early March
  • Spring 2: Mid March to Early May
  • Summer: Early June to Late July
  • Half-Summer: Late June to Late July
  • Fall 1: Mid August to Mid October
  • Fall 2: Mid October to Mid December

Excellence in Teaching

IEC instructors are professional, experienced teachers who specialize in the teaching of English as a Second Language (ESL). Instructors are required to have MA or PhD degrees and experience teaching in intensive programs. All instructors are fluent English speakers, who are highly qualified and have taught English for many years in the US and overseas to adult students from many language backgrounds. Please visit the Faculty/Staff page to learn more about our excellent faculty and staff.

University Admissions

In addition to offering advice and assistance to our students who wish to apply to a US college or university, IEC faculty and staff work closely with the University of Colorado Boulder Office of Admissions to facilitate the university admissions process for our students. If you are notified by the CU-Boulder Office of Admissions that you are conditionally admitted (academically qualified for study but cannot be granted admission because of insufficient preparation in English), the IEC provides a bridge to the University of Colorado Boulder by offering the ESL Academic Bridge Program to students who have been conditionally admitted to the university. When you have achieved the required proficiency, the admission process can be completed. For more information on the University of Colorado Boulder's english proficiency requirements and international conditional admission, please click here.

Admissions Test Preparation

Most US universities require international students to attain a certain score on one of two English proficiency tests: the TOEFL or the IELTS. Students may also be required to take standardized tests such as the SAT (undergraduate study) or the GRE/GMAT (graduate study). The curriculum in the IEC's Intensive Test Preparation Program and Intensive English Program is designed to prepare students for these proficiency exams. The center also offers an elective course that helps students prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS. To learn more about proficiency exams, please visit the IEC's TOEFL and IELTS page.

Student Services

The IEC's Student Services Office is available to help students acclimate to life in the US. Staff are available to answer questions regarding visa and immigration issues, housing, insurance, banking and more. The Student Services office also organizes cultural and recreational activities for IEC students each session.

Recreational & cultural activities

The IEC provides many opportunities for students to enjoy recreational activities outside the classroom. Each session, the IEC hosts activities such as:

  • Skiing, horseback riding, and hiking
  • Social parties and receptions
  • Outings to museums and theaters
  • Trips to professional baseball and basketball games

Please see the Events page for more information.

Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado is not only a well-known college town; it’s also known for its natural beauty, outdoor recreation, and healthy lifestyle. Every year Boulder has been voted as one of the best places to live and study in the US by national magazines, travel guidebooks and education websites such. In 2011, ranked Boulder as the #1 college town in the US For more information about living in Boulder, visit our General Information page.