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Intensive English Program

Are you thinking about going to college but are not sure if you have enough English? We got you!

The Intensive English Program (IEP) of University of Northern Colorado (UNC) 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.

Online Delivery

The Intensive English Program at UNC offers online courses for anyone who wants to improve their English language skills for success in a university setting. You can learn anywhere: in the comfort of your home or on the go, in your home country or within the US!

You will practice English grammar, academic writing and research, speaking, listening, and presentation skills with the help of highly skilled IEP instructors and most advanced teaching software. Receiving the IEP Certificate of Completion guarantees your full admission to UNC without any additional language proficiency tests like TOEFL. Become a digital Bear with us today! 

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Program Requirements

Students who have completed high school qualify for the Intensive English Program. Degree seeking students who have provisional admission with an English language requirement must complete all required courses (based on placement exam) at 80% or higher to meet the language provision. 

  • Undergraduate students may begin taking academic classes with intensive english classes when they reach Level 6. 
  • Graduate students may begin taking academic classes with intensive english classes when they reach Level 7.

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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

Additional Support

The Intensive English Program also offers additional language support to students who want to continue to develop their understanding of the english language.