ESL and IEP Programs
Students who meet academic qualifications except for English language proficiency may be directed to the English language program and begin their studies there. When they have completed all of the English Language Program requirements, they may be admitted to the university to begin their degree program. Many universities offer conditional admission, through which academically qualified students may be admitted to the university with the expectation that they will successfully complete the specified English language program.
English plays a critical role in a student’s time studying in the U.S., not only in the classroom but also from a social perspective. Beginning your university experience by enrolling in an intensive English language program can help ensure that you have a great educational experience by bridging the gaps between you, your program of study and the community.
Our universities offer an array of English as a Second Language (ESL) and Intensive English Program (IEP) options for international students interested in improving their English language skills prior to starting a degree program. Program formats and requirements vary, but all include a rigorous, engaged curriculum of listening, speaking, reading, and writing assignments and projects. Outside of the classroom students have opportunities to practice English, learn about American culture, and form friendships through field trips, social outings and conversation partner programs.
ECU Language Academy (ECULA)
ECU’s CEA-accredited Language Academy offers international students intensive English language training in preparation for entry into an undergraduate or graduate degree program at ECU.
Unique features of the program include a weekly pronunciation laboratory guided by professional speech pathologists, the “First Friends” program, which pairs up international students for fun social activities, a weekly film series, and regular field trips to parks, beaches, museums and art galleries.
ECULA offers two 16-week semesters each year, one beginning in August and another in January, and a 10-week summer semester beginning in May. Tuition and all university fees are $5,900 per semester, with a room and meal plan available for an additional $4,300.
ECU does not require scores from a standardized English test such as the TOEFL or IELTS for ECU applicants who choose to attend ECULA. Instead, students who pass the ECULA Level 5 examination can apply directly to a degree program at ECU.
Additionally, degree-seeking students who meet the university’s admission requirements with the exception of English language proficiency can be granted conditional admission to ECU.
For detailed information about the ECULA program, please refer to these links:
How to apply: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-cas/ecula/ApplyECULA.cfm
UNC Charlotte – English Language Training Institute
UNC Charlotte’s English Language Training Institute (ELTI) provides high-quality English language instruction in a friendly, academic environment. ELTI course offerings include reading and writing, academic language, listening and speaking, and TOEFL preparation. Students pursing admission to UNC Charlotte as an undergraduate student and successfully completing ELTI’s highest course level are eligible to waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
ELTI offers 15-week fall (beginning mid-August) and spring (beginning early January) semesters, as well as an 11-week summer session (beginning early May). For information on the cost of tuition and student fees, please see our website http://elti.uncc.edu/.
In addition to in-class instruction, ELTI students will be able to practice their language skills while enjoying all that North Carolina’s largest city has to offer through off-campus field trips and cultural activities. Furthermore, ELTI students have direct engagement opportunities to meet and connect with students from the United States who are studying at UNC Charlotte, through free programs such as the ELTI Conversation Partner Program, the Friendship and Cultural Exchange Program, International Coffee Hour, and more!
Conditional admission to UNC Charlotte is available for most undergraduate programs, with the exception of a few highly competitive programs such as Nursing, Architecture and most Art programs. Conditional admission is not available for graduate study.
For detailed information about the ELTI program, please refer to the following links. We hope you join us at the original ESL program of North Carolina, established in 1975, and recognized by the University and College Intensive English Program (UCIEP) association.
UNC Greensboro – INTERLINK
INTERLINK, a language center at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG), offers intensive English instruction, academic preparation, and cross-cultural orientation for students, scholars, and professionals on a rolling basis.
INTERLINK offers nine-week terms, two each fall and spring semester and one every summer. Qualified students may begin study at INTERLINK in January, March, May, August, or October.
The fees for one nine-week term total roughly $4000. Students add a meal plan and housing for an additional fee. 30-50% scholarships are available based on grade point average (GPA), as well as 20% scholarships for family members of current students and alumni.
Students who successfully complete INTERLINK meet the English proficiency requirement for admission, and are not required to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or SAT examination.
For detailed information about the INTERLINK at UNC Greensboro program, please refer to these links:
Dates and fees: http://nc.interlink.edu/calendar-fees/
How to apply: http://nc.interlink.edu/applicants/
UNC Pembroke – English Language Institute
The English Language Institute (ELI) at UNC Pembroke (UNCP) offers an intensive English program for international students who wish to study at UNCP or other U.S. colleges and universities. The ELI curriculum covers the four language areas (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), as well as supplemental courses, like TOEFL Preparation and American Culture and University Life.
The ELI program prides itself on providing students with a small class size and personalized attention. Students also enjoy numerous opportunities to apply what they learn to real-world contexts through field trips to cities in NC and surrounding states, beaches, and theme parks. The Conversation Partner Program pairs ELI students with Americans for language and culture exchange. It is a great way to make new friends, and become more involved in campus life.
UNCP offers its 16-week ELI program once every fall (beginning mid-August) and spring (beginning in early January) semester. Tuition and fees are around $5,400 per semester, with additional fees for room and board and other expenses.
Students who successfully complete the ELI can apply to degree programs at UNCP.
For detailed information about the ELI program, please refer to these links:
UNC School of the Arts – English as a Second Language Instruction
The UNC School of the Arts (UNCSA) provides English as a Second Language (ESL) support for all students whose first language is other than English. Individual ESL tutoring in writing, reading, speaking, and listening is available during the academic school year to fully enrolled UNCSA students. Tutoring is tailored to best meet the specific needs of each student, and sessions provide targeted assistance with written arts and academic assignments, presentations, and other language skill areas, including speaking, listening, and pronunciation.
For more information about UNCSA’s ESL program contact the ESL Instructor: Elizabeth Klaimon, firstname.lastname@example.org
UNC Wilmington – English as a Second Language Program
UNC Wilmington (UNCW)’s CEA-accredited ESL program is committed to providing its students with an intensive academic curriculum focusing on all areas of language acquisition: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar/sentence structure. In-class learning is supplemented with weekly activities and excursions and a Conversation Partner Program, which are included in the overall program cost.
Five-week, eight-week, and 16-week programs are offered in the fall (beginning mid-August), spring (beginning in January) and summer (beginning at the end of June) semesters. Program costs range from around $2500-$6000, depending on program length.
Degree-seeking students who meet all of the university’s admission requirements except for English language proficiency can be granted conditional admission to UNCW.
For detailed information about the ESL program, please refer to these links:
Dates and fees: http://uncw.edu/international/esl/dates.html
How to apply: http://uncw.edu/international/esl/application.html
Western Carolina University – Intensive English Program
Gain a competitive edge by studying at Western Carolina University in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. The IEP curriculum consists of instruction and strategies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and grammar, as well as special topics such as literature, film, academic research, iBT test-preparation and culture. The IEP provides a dynamic environment that encourages community involvement with WCU students, access to the university library, writing tutors, learning resources, and a variety of year-round, cross-cultural activities.
WCU offers two 16-week, full-time IEP semesters per year – one in the fall (beginning mid-August) and one in the spring (beginning early January). The tuition and fees for a 16-week program are roughly $5,700. An eight-week summer semester is also offered (beginning early-June) at a cost of around $3,800 for tuition and fees. Housing and meal plans are available for an additional fee.
IEP students can apply for conditional admission to WCU’s undergraduate and graduate programs. After successfully completing the IEP, students enter their degree program without providing a TOEFL or IELTS score.
For detailed information about the WCU IEP, please refer to these links: