Intensive English Program
Thank you for your interest in Northwood University’s Intensive English Program (IEP). Our program offers English as a Second Language (ESL) for international students who require extra studies in English to prepare them for undergraduate or graduate coursework. Students without a score or with a low score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), may apply and receive conditional admission to Northwood to begin classes in their chosen major upon successful completion of the IEP.
About Northwood’s IEP Program
Through Northwood University's IEP, you can achieve English proficiency in as little as one, sixteen-week semester, or during one of our five-week summer sessions, before beginning an undergraduate or graduate program at Northwood. Choose from either our Michigan or Florida Campus to complete your coursework. Here are some of the key features of our program, which is especially tailored to meet the needs of international students:
- The program consists of four levels and each level includes 12 hours of classroom instruction and an additional 8 hours of lab work, for a total of 20 contact hours per week.
- Students are required to take a Placement Test upon arrival.
- Students who place in higher level IEP classes based on the Placement Test can move into the degree program faster.
- The IEP classes will help you make a successful transition and prepare you for college with a program that emphasizes critical thinking and cultural knowledge.
- Additional cultural activities get students out of the classroom and experiencing daily life in the U.S.
For each of the four levels during either the semester or summer sessions, students receive intensive instruction in speaking and listening, reading, writing and grammar. The combination of these courses will help students achieve confidence and fluency in English in a short period of time.
Speaking and listening – Understand spoken English and communicate in the classroom, as well as in everyday life in the U.S.
Reading – Learn strategies to read from and understand a variety of academic written materials.
Writing – Organize and support your ideas in an academic paper with the help of research.
Grammar – Ensure that your written and spoken English will follow correct English grammar.