About Northwood’s IEP Program

The Intensive English Program (IEP) at Northwood University provides courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) for undergraduate students, as well as non-degree seeking students. Students will receive the cultural training and language skills required to succeed in the university, as well as in American society.


  • Northwood University’s IEP program consists of five levels – Pre-Elementary, Elementary, Intermediate, Pre-Advanced, and Advanced.
  • Students receive 20 hours of classroom instruction and an additional 2 hours of lab work, for a total of 22 hours of instruction each week.
  • IEP classes are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Students study in four skills: Speaking/Listening, Reading, Writing, and Grammar.

Outside the Classroom

  • Students will have the opportunity to attend university football games, the International Auto Show, and various student organizations and activities.
  • Students will also have the opportunity to participate in Service Learning Projects.
  • The international mentor program provides IEP students opportunities to meet American students and practice English.