The Intensive English Program at Michigan State University seeks to help international students improve their English language abilities through full-time or part-time course work within the English Language Center. 

Intensive English courses

  • focus on academic English and range in level from low-intermediate to advanced (depending on students’ MSUELT placement scores). 
  • include a minimum of 20 hours of reading, writing, grammar, speaking, listening, vocabulary, and content-based course instruction per week.
  • prepare students for the ELC’s highest-level courses, our for-credit English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.

Intensive English Program Curriculum

For a detailed description of each IEP course, please see the The IEP Curriculum, The Low-Level IEP Curriculum, IEP Grammar Curriculum Overview.    


An English instructor works with two smiling international students

Intensive English students include

  • individuals who are not seeking a degree at MSU, but who want to improve their English skills.
  • already enrolled, degree-seeking international students at MSU who need to improve their English language skills before beginning academic coursework.

Intensive English courses also offer

  • orientation sessions to help students navigate cultural and academic life in the U.S.
  • cultural enrichment activities and field trips. 
  • short programs (4-week, 8-week, and 10-week programs)
  • all of these fully integrated with full-semester programs already in session. 

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