Intensive English Center

Program Information and Application

Program Information

The IEC offers different levels of English instruction, from high beginning to advanced. Students should have basic reading and writing skills in English before enrolling in IEC classes. Students can expect as much as three hours of homework per day, including reading, writing, listening and speaking, grammar and other topics. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in IEC sponsored field trips and other cultural activities. 

The IEC offers in-person programs. On-campus classes meet from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Full-time students are enrolled in 18-20 hours of class per week. 

New students will take an English placement test during orientation to help the IEC determine the level that will allow the student to learn the most English.

High beginning

  • Pre-Level 1: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Literature, Conversation
  • Level 1: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Literature, Conversation
  • Level 2: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Literature, Conversation

Intermediate

  • Level 3: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Literature, Conversation

Advanced

  • Level 4: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Strategies for College Success, Conversation
  • Level 5: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Strategies for College Success, Conversation

IEC Admission Requirements

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Application Deadlines

Spring 2022 (Jan. 4 - April 28)

  • Nov. 1: Applicants from outside the U.S.
  • Dec. 1: Applicants from inside the U.S.

Summer 2022 (May 12-July 22)

  • March 1: Applicants from outside the U.S.
  • April 1: Applicants from inside the U.S.

Fall 2021 (Aug. 17-Dec. 15)

  • July 1: Applicants from outside the U.S.
  • Aug. 1: Applicants from inside the U.S.

To be considered for admission, you must meet our minimum requirements:

  • Must be a high school graduate
  • Must provide proof of at least 2 years of academic English instruction
  • If an F-1 visa applicant, you must provide financial meeting requirements on page 2 of the application.

To obtain an I-20 and an embassy appointment for an F-1 visa, we suggest applying early. Visa processing times can be from a few days to a few weeks, depending on your location. Submit your application one month before the deadline of the desired semester. F-1 visa applicants will receive an I-20 for language learning upon admission to the program.  

Admitted students are required to attend international student orientation ($150 orientation fee) and pay fees upon arrival.

How to Apply (F-1 Visa)

To apply to the IEC, please submit the following:

  1. Application form (PDF)
    • To apply for conditional undergraduate admission, please submit this form with your application.
  2. DHL shipping fee (optional)
    • DHL Express delivery of admission documents is offered for an additional $70 fee. We also offer other delivery options: E-Ship Global, U.S. mail to U.S. address, collect from IEC office, or e-mail delivery (temporarily offered due to Covid-19).
    • DHL fee is payable by cash, check, or money order. We do not accept credit cards. Flywire is available for payments of $70. If paying by Flywire, please submit a receipt with your application.
  3. High school or university transcripts & diploma
    • Transcripts must show at least 2 years of academic English instruction.
    • If documents are not in English, official English translations must be submitted with your application.
    • Burundi Applicants: You are required to submit an official transcript evaluation. Acceptable evaluation companies include ECE, Educational Perspectives, Span Tran, or WES.
  4. Financial support documentation
    • See page 2 of the application for requirements. An affidavit of support is required if someone else will be financially supporting your studies. 
  5. Passport ID page

Transfer students must also submit: current school's transcript, visa page, and I-20.

Application Status

If you have questions about the status of your application, email us at iecadmissions@stcloudstate.edu

If you are an international student transferring to the IEC from another U.S. college or university, you will be required to complete the Transfer Notification Form (PDF) and submit it to your current school upon admission to the IEC. You will then contact your current international student advisor to release your I-20 to St. Cloud State in SEVIS.

University Admissions (F-1 Visa)

Interested in conditional undergraduate admission? Complete the IEC to Undergraduate form and submit it with your IEC application. 

Graduate students interested in pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree must apply for graduate admission separately through the School of Graduate Studies.

You are encouraged to simultaneously apply to the IEC and a St. Cloud State degree program. If your academic and financial records are in order, you will earn admission to St. Cloud State following IEC graduation. 

Students who have applied to a degree program at St. Cloud State and who achieve  .  .  .

  • a 3.5 G.P.A. in level will be considered for admission to the undergraduate degree program to which they applied.
  • a 3.5 G.P.A. in level will be considered for admission to the graduate degree program to which they applied.

Students who graduate from the IEC may be required to take additional university EAP courses for college credit. Advanced level students will have an opportunity to take the English Placement Test during their last semester. IEC graduates also are exempt from EAP 150 Cultural Orientation and EAP 151 Administrative Orientation courses.

U.S. Residents or Part-Time Applicants

U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other qualifying visa-holders are welcome to apply to our program. Full-time or part-time enrollment is available. Some visa restrictions may apply. To apply, please submit the following to iecadmissions@stcloudstate.edu:

  1. Domestic Student/Part-Time application form (click to download)
  2. High School or University Transcripts & Diploma
    • Transcripts must show at least 2 years of academic English instruction.
    • If documents are not in English, official English translations must also be submitted.
  3. Form of ID (passport ID page, driver's license, state ID, etc.)
  4. Visa (if applicable)

If you do not have a student ID#/StarID with St. Cloud State, you must complete the online non-degree seeking form

Great news – we no longer require an application fee to complete your application file! Applying to the Intensive English Center is free all day, every day.

Please contact us at iecadmissions@stcloudstate.edu if you have any questions. 

Please note: IEC classes do not qualify for FAFSA/Financial Aid. Payment plans are available. Total cost varies depending on course-load. 

Semester at SCSU (J-1 Visa)

Interested in a study abroad experience or exchange program? St. Cloud State University is proud to offer the Semester at SCSU program. Students in this program may study abroad at St. Cloud State University for up to one year. Studies may include the Intensive English Center, undergraduate classes, or a combination of both. 

Interested students and partner institutions must contact the Semester at SCSU program at SemesteratSCSU@stcloudstate.edu

https://www.stcloudstate.edu/internationalstudents/exchange-programs/default.aspx