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.
IEP offers online courses if you want to improve your English language skills for success in a university setting.
You will practice English grammar, 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.
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.
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
Practice your English language skills, make friends and learn about different cultures at our weekly conversation groups.
English For Success
English for Success Program is a three-week non-credit online program that prepares students from around the world for academic success in an English-speaking environment.
Foundations of Business English
Foundation of Business English in a 5-week, online program that provides linguistic and cultural support as well as practice for English language learners interested in entering the US business world.
Innovative EFL Methodology Workshop
Together with English Mastery, IEP@UNC is offering a 7-day professional development workshop for English as a Foreign Language teachers. The workshop is designed to promote innovative methodologies and techniques.
"I came to UNC 2013, and joined the Intensive English Program, graduated with PhD
in Special Education, and now I am working as a full-time assistance professor at
Kuwait university. I had a great learning experience at UNC that polished and enhanced
my skills and knowledge. All the teachers and staff at IEP were so supportive with
the international students. They were so eager to keep in touch with all the students
and provide help and assistance as needed. I personally, had had great learning experience
at the highest level of IEP program due to the great and intense curriculum and the
friendly and professional teachers.
Also, through my PhD study, my learning experience was filled with many good leaning and teaching opportunities that coined my knowledge and expanded my awareness. The program focused on increasing students’ skills in research, teaching, and presenting internationally. Moreover, UNC gave me the chance to know and work with amazing professors in many occasions.
Even though I have been through a couple of challenges at UNC as an international student, generally, I have learned a great deal about myself where I discovered my strengths and improved my weakness. I truly enjoyed my learning journey and I am grateful to all of my professors and the IEP teachers as I had had great learning experience. I shall say that the entire experience of UNC has been amazing."
-Dr. Bedoor Alazemi, Kuwait
“I was lucky to have a full academic scholarship through my job. I came to UNC and joined the Intensive English Program, graduated with a PhD in Special Education. There were many factors led me to be a part of this prestigious university; the quality of academic programs, services for international students, and the great reputation in the field of education over the past years. Now, I am working as a teaching faculty at one of the leading universities in my home country, Saudi Arabia. I am proud (bear) because my experience at UNC not only prepared me to be academically strong, but it also empowered me to share my culture with other people and hone my soft and leadership skills. I believe that UNC helps to create a fertile environment to achieve the perfect balance that any international future scholar is looking for."
- Dr. Aeshah Alsarawi, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
"I came to UNC in 2014 and had the unique experience to join the Intensive English Program. The IEP gave me the skills and confidence I needed to be sufficient and prepared in my Master degree in Music; it also helped me to be a better professional. I graduated in 2016 with a M.M. in Music Performance, and now I am a faculty at the University of Costa Rica as well as the first oboe at the UCR Symphony Orchestra."
-Isaac Alfaro, Costa Rica