Intensive English Program
The Intensive English Program (IEP) provides a variety of English language courses designed to prepare international students for academic study at American colleges and universities. IEP classes, which are mostly noncredit, focus on preparing students for these academic experiences, as well as helping them to adapt socially and culturally to living in the U.S. The program emphasizes creating opportunities for Western students and IEP students to interact, both in the classroom and through informal conversational situations.
IEP, in cooperation with the Office of Admissions, manages the conditional admissions process, in which international students, as admitted undergraduates, enroll in a combination of regular academic classes and advanced English-language classes. Conditional admission functions as a bridging process from ESL to university coursework and is designed to better prepare international students for study in degree programs.
Other academic collaboration areas of the University include the following:
- IEP works with Western faculty to facilitate intercultural experiences for current Western students in communication studies, management, psychology, anthropology, education, and world languages courses by arranging joint classes, projects and other interactions with IEP students.
- IEP is closely linked to Western’s TESOL certificate program by providing practicum experience, tutoring experience, and employment opportunities for TESOL students.
- IEP provides opportunities for Western faculty who have professional relationships in other countries to bring students, individually or in groups, to campus for language and content-area study or for eventual matriculation into Western.
CoursesIntensive English Program
Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies section of this catalog.