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Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program (IEP)  is one of the highly rated and long-standing language training programs in the country, fully accredited by CEA.

It fuses cross-cultural immersion with focused English language instruction to create a unique and distinctive college preparatory experience to ensure our students' future academic success and career readiness. 

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Online IEP student

Online Delivery

IEP offers online course if you want to improve your English language skills for success in a university setting. 

You will practice English grammer, academic writing, research, speaking and presentation skills with the help of highly skilled instructors and advanced teaching software. 

Receiving the IEP Certificate of Completion guarantees your full admission to UNC without any additional language proficiency tests.

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Program Requirements

To participate you must have completed high school. Degree seeking students who have provisional admission with an english language requirement must complete all courses at 80% or higher. 

Undergraduate students may begin taking academic classes when they reach Level 6. Graduate students may begin taking academic class when they reach Level 7. 

Program Levels

International Student

Additional Support

The Intensive English Program also offers additional language support if you want
to continue to develop your understanding of the english language. 

English Conversation Groups

English Conversation Groups

Practice your English language skills, make friends and learn about different cultures at our weekly conversation groups.


English For Success Program

English For Success

English for Success offers language preparation courses for adult learners to develop their English language skills for: career readiness and conversational skills.

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Program Levels

  • Level 1
    • Recognize basic vocabulary
    • Understand spoken messages delivered slowly
    • Spell letters of the alphabet
    • Read simple words and short sentences
  • Level 2
    • Pronounce basic vocabulary
    • Communicate ideas in simple sentences
    • Fill out forms
    • Explain something that happened in the past
    • Explain something that is happening now
  • Level 3
    • Communicate through simple social exchanges
    • Write short paragraphs on familiar topics
    • Use complete sentences to tell a story
    • Read a complete paragraph and outline key parts
  • Level 4
    • Join a conversation and deduct meaning from contextual clues
    • Observe the standard structure in writing
    • Use basic transition words to preserve flow of ideas
    • Navigate texts to understand ideas
  • Level 5
    • Grasp point and details of conversations, lectures etc.
    • Provide details to support personal statement in essays
    • Use appropriate grammatical forms to have a conversation
    • Location key information from academic readings
  • Level 6
    • Understand and use high-level academic vocabulary
    • Write short academic paper defending your position on a certain topic
    • Present ideas completely using all 12 of english tenses
    • Use reading strategies to isolate and incorporate key information in presentations and compositions
  • Level 7
    • Be fluent, logical and exact in oral responses
    • Understand and use puns
    • Write a research proposal
    • Critique academic research

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