Intensive English Center

Intensive English Center


Program Information and Application

Depending on the academic year, we offer six levels from low beginning (pre-Level 1) to advanced (Level 5). No TOEFL score is required to be admitted to the program, but to benefit from the program's lowest level, applicants should be able to read and write in English at a basic level.

  • Pre-Level 1: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Vocabulary, Spelling, Conversation, Pronunciation
  • Level 1: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Vocabulary, Spelling, Conversation, Pronunciation
  • Level 2: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Vocabulary, Literature, Conversation, Cultural Orientation, Computer Technology
  • Level 3: Reading, Composition, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Vocabulary, Literature, Conversation, Cultural Orientation, Computer Technology
  • Level 4: Reading, Composition, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Literature, Oral Presentation, Academic Discussion, Cultural Orientation, Computer Technology
  • Level 5: Reading, Composition, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Literature, Oral Presentation, Academic Discussion, Cultural Orientation, Computer Technology 

Students attending the IEC can expect as much as three hours of homework per day. Classes run from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. or 1-4 p.m., depending on the level.

Students are notified via email about occasional weekend outings. While students are not required to attend, these outings provide insights into American cultures.

Criteria for Enrollment

  1. Obtain admission from the IEC program

    • Submit a complete application:
      • Application form (PDF)
      • Application fee (and international shipping fee, if needed)
      • High school transcripts and diploma
      • University transcripts and diploma (if applicable)
      • Financial support documentation (and affidavit of support, if needed)
      • Passport ID page
    • Must be a high school graduate
    • Demonstrate financial support
    • Be able to read and write in English at a basic level (about 2 years’ experience is recommended)
  2. Obtain an I-20 from St. Cloud State and an F or J visa from a U.S. Embassy

  3. Attend the orientation session(s)

  4. Pay tuition by the deadline

University Admissions

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 4 will be considered for admission to the undergraduate degree program to which they applied.
  • a 3.5 G.P.A. in level 5 will be considered for admission to the graduate degree program to which they applied.

Students who graduate from any of these IEC levels may be required to take additional university EAP courses for college credit. IEC graduates who enter St. Cloud State are exempt from an English Placement Test. They also are exempt from the EAP 150 and EAP 151 administrative and cultural orientation courses.

Spring 2018

Jan. 3 - April 26

Application Deadlines

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

Summer 2018

May 8 to July 20

Application Deadlines

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

Fall 2018

Aug. 21 - Dec. 19

Application Deadlines

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

Apply early, because U.S. visa processing can take days.

To obtain an I-20 and an embassy appointment for an F-1 visa, send your completed application before June 1, for Fall semester, and before Oct. 1, for Spring semester.