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University of Colorado Boulder (UC Boulder)

International English Center (IEC) [Boulder, Colorado]


  • Many English language learning facilities and Conversation Partner Program with university students.
  • Comfortable Climate: 300 days a year of sunshine with special activities for each of the four seasons.
  • Beautiful Natural Setting: located at the very foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains.

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  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The International English Center (IEC), established in 1975, provides language training, academic preparation, and cultural support for the University of Colorado Boulder’s foreign students, scholars, and professionals. Its services include English language instruction, language testing, and cultural orientation. In addition to the intensive program in English for Academic Purposes, the IEC has a Community Evening ESL Program and also provides customized courses on various subjects including Business English and American Culture for groups. The IEC is a proud member of UCIEP, a U.S. consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs known for its high professional standards and quality English language instruction.
    • DATA
    • Type : Public University
      Establishment : 1975
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP, EnglishUSA / CEA
      Enrollment : 60 - 80
      Average Class Size : 15
      Student Adviser : Available
      Airport Pickup : Student Arranged
      Internet Access : On-Campus
      Tuition : Low
      Activities : Available Weekly
      Location : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus
    • A Message from School
    • The International English Center (IEC), established in 1975, provides an intensive English program especially designed for students who are preparing to enter a college or university in the United States. In the classroom, students learn English via a multi-skills approach, with classes in listening/speaking, reading, writing and grammar each day. Students may also take elective courses that focus on improving certain language skills and learning specialized content. In addition to classes, the International English Center offers cultural, community and sports activities that allow the student to explore U.S. culture in a friendly and safe environment.
      Patricia Juza, Director
      International Education Center (IEC)
      University of Colorado Boulder
    • University of Colorado Boulder
      International English Center
      Division of Continuing Education

      Boulder, Colorado  80309-0063  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (303) 492-5547
      FAX: +1 (303) 492-5515
      E-mail: ieccu@colorado.edu
      Website: http://iec.colorado.edu/programs/intensive-english-program
  • More Details
    • Student Countries of Origin
    • The IEC serves over 350 students each year from all over the world. Approximately 55% are Asian, 20% are Latin American, 15% Middle Eastern, 9% European, 1% Other Countries.
    • Faculty Qualifications
    • Most classroom instructors are members of the University’s faculty. They are native speakers, hold master’s or doctorate degrees in English as a Second Language or Applied Linguistics, and have extensive training and experience in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).
    • Housing
    • IEC assists students in making arrangements for on-campus dormitories. Living on-campus is conveniently close to classes and campus activities. It is best to arrange housing as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. Most of the students make their own arrangements to live in off-campus resdance. Please use the school contact email address for additional information.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The University of Colorado Boulder is located in a safe, cosmopolitan, and friendly city of 100,000 people at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Boulder is approximately 45 minutes by public transportation from Denver and 90 minutes by car from major ski resort areas. The campus is close to many city, state, and national mountain parks, and is only a short drive from some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States. The Boulder climate is temperate with an average of 300 days of sunshine each year.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1876, the University of Colorado Boulder is a state governed institution with over 26,000 students. The University offers Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees in 124 majors, master’s degrees in 94 majors and doctorates in 58 areas. Although degrees are offered in over 100 outstanding disciplines, the Engineering, Education, Science, Computer Science, and Business programs are especially strong. The University is fully accredited on both a regional and a national level in each major.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Students in levels 600-700 may enroll in one University credit course for an extra cost. Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students who complete the ESL Academic Bridge program.

  • Courses
    • Intensive English Program

    • About This Course
    • Established in 1975, the University of Colorado at Boulder’s International English Center (IEC) provides language training, academic preparation and cultural education for foreign students, scholars and professionals. Its curriculum is particularly suitable for international students who are preparing to enter a college or university in the United States. Additionally, the IEC is suitable for students interested in studying English for business purposes or for students who simply want to improve their English language ability through intensive study.

      The IEC offers four levels of English language ability classes: one introductory, two intermediate and one advanced. Small-sized classes allow IEC students to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening skills as well as improve their individual study skills essential for successful undergraduate or graduate work in U.S. colleges and universities. Students can also apply their recently acquired language skills through casual encounters, interacting with people both inside and outside the campus environment. Students in the advanced level have the additional opportunity to attend undergraduate university courses as part of their ESL schedule.

      An average of 15 students are assigned to each class.
    • Course Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 5 - 19 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 4 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 4,8,16 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment
      Off-Campus Residance
    • Dates
    • 2019
      4 WEEKS:
      7/3 - 8/1
      Apply by 6/3

      8 WEEKS:
      3/7 - 5/9
      Apply by 2/7
      6/5 - 8/1
      Apply by 5/5
      8/21 - 10/16
      Apply by 7/21
      10/17 - 12/19
      Apply by 9/17
    • Fees
      US$ 100
      TUITION FEE (2018 - 2019)
      4 WEEKS US$ 1,600
      8 WEEKS US$ 2,800
      16 WEEKS US$ 5,600
      4 WEEKS N/A US$ 1,500 US$ 850
      8 WEEKS N/A US$ 3,200 US$ 1,600
      16 WEEKS N/A US$ 6,000 US$ 3,400
      Airport Pickup Service
      US$ 75
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Housing Fees include meals.
  • Location
    • United States Boulder, Colorado
    • Location
      University of Colorado Boulder
      International English Center
      Division of Continuing Education

      63UCB Boulder, Colorado  80309-0063  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Denver International Airport:
      It is the student''s responsibility to arrange their own transportation from the airport to campus. Taxis are available at the airport. It will cost approximately US$100 and will arrive on campus in 1 hour. The campus is also accessible by buses that run on a limited schedule.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.6
      School Environment: 4.2
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.5
      Activities and Social Life: 4.1
      Accommodation: 4.1


    • There are 13 reviews for this school

    • Kwevitoukoui Hounkpati
      [ Togo, West Africa, Male ]  2015/8/24
      Responsibility to learn
      I really appreciate the IEC and the...attendance policy. This makes students take the responsibility to learn. The teachers and students are very friendly regardless of culture differences. The IEC is a good place for international students to improve their English proficiency.
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      Hai Dao
      [ Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Male ]  2015/8/24
      I attended a 4-week intensive English course at the IEC. All my classes have been outstanding, and were very helpful for me in terms of academic preparation. In addition, the IEC provided me with excellent opportunities to learn American culture through class activities, as well as to make friends with international students from many countries around the world. There is a lot of information and knowledge with regards to this course, but the instructors did an excellent job of pinpointing my weak areas and encouraging me to overcome them. Boulder and the CU campus were a great place to live. I really enjoyed my hike to Audubon peak and my camping trip in West Magnolia.
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      May Alhazzani
      [ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Male ]  2015/8/24
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Very Comfortable Here
      Since I am a graduate student, I am seeking to strengthen my academic language in order to succeed in graduate school afterwards. I found the IEC is the place to accomplish my goal. The IEC is a great place and I am glad I chose this center from among many other options.The International English Center is an excellent environment to have a great experience and develop strong academic language skills. I am very comfortable here with all these great people; students, teachers and staff. The teachers are highly qualified. I have made a lot of friends here from all over the world and that has helped me to practice my English most of the time. Life here in Boulder is very nice. The public transportation system, beautiful nature, a wide variety of activities and very nice people are all factors that make me love living here in Boulder.
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      Asuka Ito
      [ Tokyo, Japan ]  2015/8/24
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Be Relaxed and Improve your English!
      Something that you have never experienced before happens every day. Surrounded by nature in pure air, you will discover new things here. You can participate in exciting events. For example, you can hike up to the Rocky Mountain, go skiing in winter, and go camping in summer. I would recommend this school if you love to be relaxed and improve your English.
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