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 1-3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Full-time students are enrolled in 18-21 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



IEC Admission Requirements

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Application Deadlines

Fall 2024 (Aug. 21-Dec. 10)

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

Spring 2025 (Jan. 8 - May 6)

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

Summer 2025 (May 15-July 25)

  • 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 financials to support one year of study. More details are on 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 at least 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)

University Admissions (F-1 Visa)

U.S. Residents or Part-Time Applicants

Semester at SCSU (J-1 Visa)

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