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Intensive English Programs (IEPS) and Pathway Programs

Reasons international students study at IEPs?

  • To improve their English to the point they can be accepted into a US higher education institution;
  • To improve their English for a specific career goal (for example, needing English for a job or career advancement);
  • To improve the English required for a specific field of study (e.g., law, business, or teaching English in their home country);
  • To improve their English for fun and for the joy of being able to communicate in this highly important language.

What are the types of available programs In IEPs

General, intensive English programs

For students who want to improve their English reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and conversation skills.

Exam preparation programs

These help students get ready for college entrance exams (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS), or earn certificates that will improve their career choices (e.g., Cambridge exams).

Academic English programs

For students who want to improve their academic English and the learning techniques needed to succeed in American universities such as note-taking, discussion, academic reading and writing, and research.

Business English programs

These teach English needed for a career in business, such as participating in meetings, negotiations, social skills, telephone skills, report writing, and more.

Certificate Programs

Combination programs that teach English and deliver certificates in law, marketing, management, finance, or other careers.

Teacher Training Programs

For learning or improving the English skills required for teaching English in a student’s home country. These programs teach advanced English, teaching methods, lesson planning, and more.

Does any1 studying in IEPs gets Conditional Admission?

students who have the academic records required to be admitted to a university but who have not yet achieved the English proficiency requirement are generally offered this admission

What happens if some1 gets Conditional Admission?

Students getting this will need to meet the English proficiency requirement (and possibly other requirements as well) to receive a full admission offer. they may include a TOEFL or IELTS test score, GMAT, or GRE

How are these English language courses delivered?

  • By a US college or university, on campus or off campus;
  • By a private institution (sometimes in their own facilities, sometimes on a college or university campus).

What are the Sub-levels of English instruction?


This would include students with little to no knowledge of the English language and may stretch (via a sub-level) to students who can communicate using very simple sentences and who might understand a little conversational language.


This level would be suitable for students who can participate in simple conversations, if with some mistakes; such students can understand most conversation if it is spoken slowly and clearly.

Higher Intermediate sub-level

Here, students possess more command of English grammar and a basic vocabulary, and can understand a good deal of even rapid conversation.


This would be the right level for students who are comfortable in a wide variety of conversational circumstances and subjects, who have good overall comprehension despite still making some errors with the language.

Are IEP programs all the same?

They vary in duration. Some sessions take as little as four weeks (short-term) and many of these are available at any time of year with scheduled start dates every week or month.

Which courses are delivered on college or university campuses?

Courses which take longer – running 10 to 15 weeks (quarter or semester courses). Start dates happen several times a year.

Can F-1 holders receive this program?

Yes, F-1 holders can receive English programs but that should be minimum of 18 hrs of instruction per week.



It gives students the opportunity to live with an American family.

Student Residences

Programs on college campuses often offer student residences.

What are the living arrangements of Student Residences?

Here, two students often share a bedroom, and meals are offered in a dining hall.

Hotels or apartments

Students who want to live independently can opt for hotels or private apartments.

What are the living arrangements of homestays?

A student may have a private bedroom, share a bedroom with a family member, or share a bedroom with another student. Meals are included and students can sometimes choose between breakfast only, breakfast and dinner (half board) or breakfast, lunch, and dinner (full board) at the family’s home.

Accreditation & Visa

Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

CEA is an accrediting body recognized by the US Department of Education, provides accreditation to post-secondary English language programs and institutions in the United States.

Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training

ACCET is Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education since 1978, ACCET provides institutional accreditation for organizations offering continuing education.

What kid of visa is required for English-language studies in the US?

Students must have an F-1 or J-1 visa to study in an English-language program in the US. Please see Section 11 for more on student visas.

Bridge (Pathway) Programs in the US

international students will need additional preparation to gain entry into the US education programs they ultimately want to graduate from. These are IEPs specifically designed for upgrading English skills

Purpose of bridge programs

It is to help students who do not meet entrance requirements for a degree program of study. Bridge programs may contain course work covering the lacked requirements as well as academic course work required for meeting the graduation requirements of a separate degree program.

What are the typical needs of international students who enter bridge programs?

  • To improve their English language skills;
  • To bring up their GPAs;
  • Not having SAT or ACT test scores, or in the case of graduate programs, not having GMAT or GRE test scores;
  • Wanting additional academic, language, and cultural support.

Are these programs important?

They are really important for international students because they intend to support the students from moving from one educational system (that in the home country) to another, and from one culture to another.

Professional Education and Training Schools

What is PET education?

It is designed for is to say that a PET course of study prepares students for a specific job in the economy. For example: licensed practical nurse, automotive technician, or IT technical support specialist.

Is there any main factor to consider PET education?

The main point is that they differ from community colleges mostly because they are more focused on “training” than on “education” – they also tend to be more specialized, offering a smaller range of courses

How PET Schools Are Funded?

Private PET schools tend to receive the bulk of their funding via student tuition and, indirectly, from federal funding directed almost totally to domestic students to help these students afford their programs.

How PET Schools Are Accredited?

It is through a private education agency or association that has evaluated the program and verified that it meets certain requirements.

Can we transfer credits?

Regionally accredited schools may not accept transfer credits from nationally accredited schools. So, It is very important to know whether a PET school with national, as opposed to regional, accreditation, offers degrees that will be accepted at regionally accredited schools or colleges.

How do you Evaluate a PET

  • Facilities and Equipment
  • Language Support
  • Quality of Teachers
  • Measures of Success
  • Finances
  • Licensing and Accreditation