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.

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

Students can expect as much as three hours of homework per day, including reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary, and grammar. Classes meet from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. Students are encouraged to participate in the IEC sponsored field trips and other cultural activities.

High beginning

  • Pre-Level 1: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Vocabulary, Conversation
  • Level 1: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Vocabulary, Conversation
  • Level 2: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Vocabulary, Conversation
  • New students are required to enroll in a Computer Technology course the first semester (fall and spring only).

Intermediate

  • Level 3: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Vocabulary, Conversation
  • New students are required to enroll in a Computer Technology course the first semester (fall and spring only).

Advanced

  • Level 4: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Vocabulary, Conversation, Administrative Orientation
  • Level 5: Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening/Speaking, Vocabulary, Conversation, Administrative Orientation
  • New students are required to enroll in a Computer Technology course the first semester (fall and spring only).

IEC Admission Requirements

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Application Deadlines

Fall 2019 (Aug. 20 - Dec. 18)

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

Spring 2020 (Jan. 7 - April 30)

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

Summer 2020 (May 14 - July 24)

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

All Burundi IEC applicants: Please pay the application fee after pre-approval from St. Cloud State University because the fee is not refundable.

How to Apply (F-1 Visa)

To apply to the IEC, please submit the following by mail or e-mail:

  1. Application form (PDF)
  2. Application fee ($30) (Nonrefundable)
    • The application fee is valid for 1 academic year (3 semesters: spring, summer or fall).
    • DHL Express Delivery of admission documents is offered for an additional fee ($70). 
    • Payable by cash, check, or money order. We do not accept credit cards. Flywire is available for payments of $100 (application fee and DHL Express).
  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 also be submitted.
  4. Financial support documentation (required for F-1 visa applicants)
    • See page 2 of the application for requirements. An affidavit of support is required if someone else will be paying for 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

Please contact us at iecadmissions@stcloudstate.edu for more information.