Intensive English Center

Intensive English Center


Program Information and Application

Depending on the academic year, we offer six levels from high beginning to advanced. 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.

IEC Admission 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 financials meeting requirements on page 2 of the application.
  • At this time, no TOEFL or IELTS score is needed for admission, but this requirement is under review for the future.
How to Apply:
  • Submit a complete application by mail or e-mail to iecadmissions@stcloudstate.edu:
    • Application form (PDF)
    • Application fee (+ optional international shipping fee)
      • October is College Knowledge Month! The $30 application fee is waived for first-time applicants who submit a complete application in October. 
    • High school or university transcripts & diploma (with translations)
    • Financial support documentation (required for F-1 visa applicants)
    • Passport ID page
    • If you would like your IEC application also considered for conditional undergraduate admission, complete the IEC to Undergraduate form and submit it with your IEC application.
Admitted students are required to attend international student orientation ($150 orientation fee) and pay tuition upon arrival. F-1 visa applicants will receive an I-20 for language learning upon admission to the program.

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.

Fall 2018

Aug. 21 - Dec. 19

Application Deadlines

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

Spring 2019

Jan. 8 - May 2

Application Deadlines

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

Summer 2019

May 15 - July 26

Application Deadlines

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

Apply early. U.S. visa processing can take a few days or up to a couple weeks, depending on your location.

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.