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University of Nevada, Reno

Intensive English Language Center [Reno, Nevada]


  • Conditional admission after successfully completing IELC program (no TOEFL required)
  • Ranked as Tier One among American’s Best National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report
  • Enjoy four distinct season with 300 days of sunshine and limitless recreation from skiing to kayaking
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • In 1982, the Intensive English Language Center (IELC) at the University of Nevada, Reno was established to enable international students to integrate into the mainstream of higher education. The IELC has three main goals: to teach the necessary academic, language and study skills to succeed at a university level, to introduce students to American culture and university life, and to help students make an effective transition from English as a Second Language to university-level studies. IELC students gain full access to the University’s campus facilities and can enjoy using the University libraries, the Writing Center for free tutoring, the Women’s Resource Center, the student health center, computer labs with Internet access and the campus sports facilities including indoor sports courts, swimming pools, a running track and gymnasiums. The IELC arranges a regular program of activities for its students and can include camping and trips to Lake Tahoe, bus tours throughout Reno, roller-skating and ice skating, local excursions to historic sites, skiing, movie nights, student receptions, dances and banquets. The IELC has full accreditation from CEA (The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation) and is a proud member of EnglishUSA(The American Association of Intensive English Programs) which promotes professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs.
    • DATA
    • Type : Public University
      Establishment : 1982
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA / CEA
      Enrollment : 50 - 150
      Average Class Size : 11
      Student Adviser : Available
      Airport Pickup : Available from School
      Internet Access : Available On-Campus
      Tuition : Low
      Activities : Frequently Available
      Location : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from Nevada!
      Thank you for your interest in the Intensive English Language Center at the University of Nevada, Reno! We are excited to be working together with ApplyESL.com to help share information about our program with you, and to offer an easier way to apply. For over 20 years, the Intensive English Language Center (IELC) has been helping students acquire the English language skills needed to enroll in colleges and universities in the United States. Conditional admission to the University of Nevada, Reno is available to qualified IELC students. In addition to teaching language skills, the center also introduces students to American culture and university life. Whether you are interested in obtaining an academic degree or whether you would just like to improve your English language skills, we can help. As the oldest institution of higher education in the State of Nevada, the University of Nevada, Reno has a long tradition of academic excellence, and has welcomed students from all over the United States as well as over 80 different countries around the world. Come join us at the IELC! We look forward to meeting you in Reno!
      Susan Valencia
      Director, Intensive English Language Center
    • Intensive English Language Center
      University of Nevada, Reno

      Mail Stop 148
      Reno, Nevada  89557  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (775) 784-6075
      FAX: +1 (775) 784-4015
      E-mail: ielc@unr.edu
      Website: http://www.unr.edu/ielc
  • More Details
    • Student Countries of Origin
    • Recently, the majority of IELC students have come from China (16%), Japan (23%), Korea (10%), Belgium (5%), Chile (8%), Columbia (5%), Congo (5%), Peru (5%), Saudi Arabia (5%), Brazil (3%),Panama (3%), Mexico (3%), and others (12%).
    • Faculty Qualifications
    • The full-time faculty members at the IELC hold master's or PhD degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language, Linguistics, or in related fields. All of IELC instructors have extensive experience teaching in the United States and abroad.
    • Housing
    • The school assists students to arrange their housing and provides students with the option to live in dormitories/on-campus apartments or off-campus residences. Dormitories are within walking distance to class and offer a great environment to interact with other students on campus. For students who prefer a more independent lifestyle, off-campus residences provide more privacy and offer opportunities to interact with people in the community outside the campus environment. Students are encouraged to arrange their housing as early as possible due to limited amount of space available. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The University of Nevada, Reno is located in the center of downtown Reno, a city situated in northern Nevada that is known for its rich, vibrant history and internationally-renowned events and entertainment. Downtown’s Virginia Street corridor is the center of activity not only for gambling but for special events, as well. The casinos’ bright lights and the famous Reno Arch, declaring Reno as “The Biggest Little City in the World” greet visitors as they enter the downtown area. Reno is a city with numerous exciting attractions including fine libraries, museums, art galleries, and parks which are enjoyed by local residents and visitors alike. The 16,000 students at the University of Nevada, Reno also contribute to the community's culture and diversity, making Reno a world-class tourist destination with a rich arts scene and year-round outdoor activities. Located at a comfortable 1,500 meters above sea level, students can enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine each year while living in Reno. The area receives about 12 inches of precipitation annually, much of which is snow at the higher altitudes. Nevada’s snowfalls pave the slopes for the 15 easily accessible ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area.
    • About the College/University
    • Established in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is home to 16,000 students from more than eighty countries. The 200-acre campus is comprised of eleven schools and colleges and offers more than 70 majors for the undergraduate degree, including journalism, business, political science, natural science, economics, and fine arts, along with a broad range of graduate level and doctoral programs. The institution is the only university in the United States that offers a doctoral degree program in Basque Studies; outside of Spain, the University is one of only three Basque Studies programs found worldwide. Recently, the University of Nevada, Reno has gained greater recognition in Japan after designing CPA preparatory classes together with the Tokyo Accounting College (TAC).
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Students in the advanced and graduate level may also take a 3-credit academic course at the University while completing their English studies, with director’s approval. Students who successfully complete the advanced level may enter the University of Nevada, Reno or Nevada colleges at the undergraduate level without taking the TOEFL. Select graduate programs also offer Conditional Admission and accept the IELC recommendation in lieu of the TOEFL, after the student successfully completes the graduate level.
  • Courses
    • English as a Second Language Program

    • About This Course
    • The English as a Second Language program offers 5, 8, 10 and 16-week sessions throughout the year; students receive 20 hours of in-class instruction per week.

      The program offers six levels of English classes, ranging from beginning to graduate level. The curriculum offers four main areas of the English language instruction (writing, listening, speaking and reading) for academic purposes. Elective courses in areas of special interest are also available to students and may include topics such as Business English, Service Learning, and American culture. These courses are designed to develop students’ English language skills required in an academic setting and to introduce them to teaching styles practiced in the United States.

      Small, interactive classes are emphasized. Class sizes range from 12 to 15 students per class. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English instruction.
    • Course Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 10 - 12 students
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 5, 8, 10 & 16 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 16 years old
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 issued upon request
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartments
      Off-Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2019
      5 WEEKS:
      6/6 - 7/127/11 - 8/15

      8 WEEKS:
      3/21 - 5/10

      10 WEEKS:
      6/6 - 8/18

    • Fees
      US$ 60
      TUITION FEE (2018)
      5 WEEKS US $1,400
      8 WEEKS US $1,950-$2,250
      10 WEEKS US $2,800
      16 WEEKS US $3,900-$4,500
      US$ 100
      5 WEEKS N/A US$ 600 US$ 690
      8 WEEKS N/A US$ 1,400 US$ 1,100
      10 WEEKS N/A US$ 1,250 US$ 1,375
      16 WEEKS N/A US$ 3,000 US$ 2,375
      Airport Pickup Service
      Health Insurance
      US $375 (5&10w); US $680-$760 (8&16w)
      US $200 (Books and Supplies)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • *Housing fees are NOT including meals
      *Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      *Application fee is non-refundable.
      *Students with a minimum TOEFL of 70 iBT, may apply for the Graduate Level at the Intensive English Program. The graduate level tuition is $4,875 per semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer.) Mid-semester entry is not available for the Graduate level.
  • Location
    • United States Reno, Nevada
    • Location
      Intensive English Language Center
      University of Nevada, Reno

      Mail Stop 148 Reno, Nevada  89557  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Reno-Tahoe International Airport:
      School provides airport pick-up service free-of-charge and brings students directly to campus. It takes approximately 20 minutes. Taxis are available at the airport. It will cost approximately US$20 and will arrive on campus in 20 minutes.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.4
      School Environment: 4.6
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.4
      Activities and Social Life: 4.2
      Accommodation: 4.5


    • There are 14 reviews for this school

    • Hsieh, Ching Wen
      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 38, Male ]  2009/3/5
      8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
      A Good Choice for ESL class
      The teachers are very friendly and conscientious. They try their best to help all the students. Although I only studied there for 2 months, I progressed quickly in improving my English skills. If you are looking for a good place to learn English, I suggest studying ESL in UNR.
      Was this review helpful to you? Yes  No 

      Meshal ALshammary
      [ Hail, kingdom of Saudi arabia, Age 32, Male ]  2016/4/29

      [ Belo Horizonte/MG, Brazil ]  2014/8/15

    • Below you will find additional reviews in other languages.
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      [ 上海, 中国, Age 28, Female ]  2016/8/22
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      这座城市虽然不是大城市 非常适宜居住 环境优美 附近有Lake Tahoe 周末可以去湖边度假游完 学校老师都非常好 学校学习环境非常好。

      [ 台中市, 台灣, Age 23, Female ]  2009/12/19
      5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.



      [ 台中縣, 台灣, Age 24, Female ]  2009/3/6
      3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      I love UNR

      [ Seoul, S.Korea, Age 23, Female ]  2012/5/13
      7 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
      저는 유학원을 알아보지 않고 이 사이트를 통해
      네바다 주립대에 속해있는 IELC 프로그램을 통해 한학기동안
      이곳에서 공부한 학생입니다.

      일단 수업 자체는 괜찮았습니다. 선생님에 따라 다르긴 하지만 학기말로 갈수록 힘들어지긴 하더라구요,(중간 학기에 새로운 학생들이 많이 들어와서 수업이 산만해지는게 아쉬웠습니다.)
      그리고 학교 시설이나 스테프들도 너무 친절했구요! 일단 학생들을 위한다는게 느껴졌습니다.( 미국에 오기 전에 제가 모르는 답변에 하나하나 친절하게 이메일로 답해주셨습니다.)
      한주 수업 마지막 날인 금요일에는 매번 수업후 학생들끼리 모여서 이야기를 하거나 박물관 또는 볼링장에 갈수 있는 프로그램이 있었습니다.

      저는 기숙사에 머물렀는데 주방이 딸려있는 곳이라서 매우 만족했었고 룸메이트들과 대화하며 회화 실력이 좀더 늘은것 같다는 생각이 듭니다.

      어딜가나 자신이 하기 나름이라는 말.. 절실히 느끼고 떠납니다. 수업시간에 잠깐 말하는 걸로는 부족합니다. 어떻게 해서든 외국인과 마주치며 화화할수 있는 기회를 높히는게 짧은 어학연수 기간동안 가장 많이 거둘 수 있는 열매가 아닌가 하는 생각이 들었습니다. :)

      [ reno, usa, Age 24, Female ]  2010/6/19
      UNR 괜찮은것같아요~^^
      저는 지금 IELC프로그램에서 수강하고 있는 학생인데 RENO는 안전하고, 사람들도 친절합니다. 이 프로그램은 선생님들도 잘가르치시고 커리큘럼도 좋습니다. 야외활동도 많이있고..전체적으로 괜찮은것같아요~^^

      [ RENO , NEVADA, USA, Age 24, Male ]  2009/3/7
      6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
      University of Nevada Reno 어학연수를 다녀 온 후..
      University of Nevada Reno 어학연수를 다녀 온 후..
      안녕하세요. 한국에서 대학교를 다니고 있는 2학년생 대학생입니다.
      작년에 군 전역후 운이 좋게 어학연수 기회가 생겼습니다. 여기저기 추천하는 곳도 많았고 갈등도 많이 했습니다. 그러던 중 지인들을 통해 네바다주에 있는 소도시 리노에 대해 알게되었고 그곳에 있는 주립대 인 University of Nevada Reno (이하 unr) 를 알게되었습니다. 저는 유학원 같이 비용이드는 경로는 최대한 배제한체 순수히 apply ELS를 통해 어학연수를 시작했었습니다. 물론 처음에는 어떻게 준비해야할지 무엇을 해야할지 막막했었습니다. 다행히도 이곳 사이트에서 많은 정보와 무료 지원대행등의 혜택에 힘입어 무사히 지원을 한후 어학연수를 다녀 올수 있었습니다. 그렇게 시작된 미국 생활이 항상 평탄했던것 만은 아니였습니다. 군전역 직후 인 탓에 영어에 대한 완전 무지한 상태로 시작했었고 그럴수록 자신을 채찍질 하며 더 열심히 생활하려고 한것 같습니다. 제가 생활했었던 University of Nevada Reno는 네바다의 소도시 리노에 위치하고 있으며 크고 복잡하지 않아서 제게는 정말 좋았던것 같았습니다. 그곳에서의 어학연수 생활은 IELC (intensive english language center)에서 하였습니다. 힘들고 어려울때도 많았지만
      돌이켜보면 참 좋은 경험이었고 나쁜 기억보다는 오히려 좋은 기억만 가득했던 1년을 보낸것 같습니다. 연고도 없이 지인도 없이 막막하게 시작했던 미국 생활이었지만 할 수있다라는 자신감만 있으면
      모든 어려운 과제를 다 헤쳐나갈수 있는 것 같습니다. 정보가 부족하다고 타지의 생활이 두렵다고 망설이는 것은 바보같은 생각이라고
      생각합니다. 자신을 믿고 부딪쳐 보세요. 감사합니다

      Christian Carvallo
      [ Antofagasta, Chile, Age 37, Male ]  2016/3/15
      7 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
      La Mejor Experiencia
      Quiero expresar mi gran satisfacción por el apoyo recibido de ApplyESL. UNR ha sido la mejor experiencia de vida, personal y profesional. Hice nuevos y grandes amigos, profesionalmente ha sido algo muy importante, ya que, ahora me desenvuelvo con mayor confianza y seguridad en mi trabajo.

      Estudiante Anterior
      [ Bogota, Colombia, Age 28, Female ]  2009/3/6
      4 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
      University of Nevada, Reno, Intensive English Language Center

      Mabel Soto
      [ Santaigo, Chile, Age 30, Female ]  2009/3/6
      3 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      Educación Integral
      Este programa fue como abrir una puerta al mundo. Aprendes inglés en diferentes escenarios. Además el programa es una excelente ayuda y apoyo para aprender a integrarse a la cultura americana, dentro y fuera del ámbito académico y no estás solo durante el proceso de adaptación.

      [ 台灣省, 台灣, Age 23, Female ]  2013/8/17

      [ Seoul, Korea ]  2009/10/14
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