Intensive English Program

Intensive English Program

Philia Lienardy (INDONESIA)
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Philia Lienardy (INDONESIA)

“After a short time at IEP, people thought that I’ve been here for at least a year. I can speak clearly and fast, and I don’t have to translate Indonesian into English every time I want to answer people’s questions.”

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Many places in our world are torn apart because of cultural, national, or religious differences. In EMU’s Intensive English Program, we celebrate our diversity. We welcome strangers and make them feel at home.

What will my studies be like?

Students in our Intensive English Program (IEP) can focus full-time on their English classes, concentrating on building language skills through immersion in a new culture.

IEP students interact with classmates from around the world and with North American EMU students. Students have an opportunity to spend time in undergraduate or graduate courses to gain classroom English experience.

IEP students are usually planning on higher studies at EMU or another U.S. college or working to advance in their careers all over the globe. In a typical semester, IEP has 60 to 80 students representing 15 to 20 different countries. Our students come from three of the world’s largest faith groups — Christians, Muslims, and Buddhists.

New! Online Application for Local Students

Immigrants and refugees who are residents of the United States can now apply online

Highlights of our program

  • 20 class hours per week in the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar.
  • Individual attention: classes are small (usually 6-12 students), and tutoring is offered one-on-one or in small groups.
  • No TOEFL score required: we have our own placement test to ensure you’re in the right level (I-VI).
  • Earn 15 hours toward your EMU degree by completing Levels V and VI.
  • Start college with no TOEFL score required! Study at EMU, other Mennonite colleges in the U.S. or James Madison University based solely on the recommendation of IEP.
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