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University of Georgia (UGA)

Intensive English Program (IEP) [Athens, Georgia]


  • Take classes on a beautiful campus at America’s oldest public university, rated in the top 18 by US News & World Reports Top College Rankings
  • Study with IEP’s experienced, highly-qualified, and friendly instructors in a supportive student-centered environment.
  • Enjoy state-of-the-art sports and recreational facilities as well as the many activities available in a large university in a lively college town including trips and events planned just for IEP students
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The mission of the UGA Intensive English Program is to offer a rigorous, supportive, and student-centered English language program that will help students develop English language proficiency and the cultural competence they need to enter and succeed in American Universities. The IEP also provides opportunities for international professionals on campus and in the community to further develop their English skills. The program is housed within the Division of Academic Enhancement, an academic department whose mission is to help all students at the University achieve academic success. IEP believes that students deserve the best-qualified and most experienced faculty who can teach classes that are both challenging and enjoyable. Moreover, as the program continues to grow, IEP regularly offers new courses and electives that are designed to meet students’ evolving needs. The staff strives to make the IEP an integral part of the University of Georgia. Thus, students will attend classes throughout the campus, take part in various campus social activities, and have opportunities to meet with other UGA students through the Conversation Partners program. Finally, IEP understands that studying in a new culture, far away from home and family, can be stressful, so the entire staff tries to offer a supportive and welcoming environment. IEP wants students to know that they value not only their hard work and academic achievements but also their individuality, their cultural diversity, and their contributions to the global community at UGA. The University of Georgia 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 : 2014
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA / CEA
      Enrollment : 80-120
      Average Class Size : 12
      Student Adviser : Available
      Airport Pickup : Student Arranged
      Internet Access : Available On-Campus
      Tuition : Low
      Activities : Frequently Available
      Location : Urban
      Transportation : Bus, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from the Intensive English Program at the University of Georgia! Located in beautiful Athens, Georgia, the IEP enjoys pleasant weather and excellent facilities. We are part of a large university (35,000 students) situated in a friendly small town which offers many activities from great music, to excellent restaurants, to thrilling sports and entertainment events. Our sports and recreation center is one of the best in the nation, and we are home to the Georgia Bulldogs, a top US college football team. Our campus has excellent libraries, computer facilities, and learning centers as well as opportunities for free tutoring. The IEP offers six levels from high-beginning to advanced taught by experienced, friendly, and highly-qualified instructors. Our curriculum helps prepare students for American college life, and, as well as covering academic writing, reading, listening and speaking, we offer test preparation classes for IELTS, TOEFL and GRE every year. Also, students who complete our level 5 can apply to undergraduate programs at UGA without submitting any language proficiency scores. We can advise our students about housing and adjusting to life in the US, and we can usually arrange for housing in furnished apartments next to campus. We also organize events for IEP students like the weekly conversation table, conversation partner program, and trips to local attractions. We want our students to feel happy here from their very first day. For more information, please go to our website, https://iep.uga.edu. We hope to meet you soon!

      Dr. Karen Braxley
      IEP Director
      University of Georgia IEP
    • University of Georgia
      Intensive English Program (IEP)

      205 Milledge Hall, 103 Hooper Street
      Athens, Georgia  30602-1554  U.S.A.
      TEL: (706) 542-3657
      FAX: (706) 542-3690
      E-mail: iep@uga.edu
      Website: http://iep.uga.edu
  • More Details
    • Student Countries of Origin
    • The Intensive English Program (IEP) at the University of Georgia has hosted students from countries all around the world.
    • Faculty Qualifications
    • IEP instructors are trained, experienced professionals with at least a master’s degree in TESL or language-related field. Many instructors have lived and traveled abroad and have extensive experience teaching English to students from around the world. The personal and academic qualities of the instructors make each uniquely qualified to offer meaningful language-learning opportunities and to care deeply about their students.
    • Housing
    • The IEP provides students with the opportunity to live in off-campus residences. For students who prefer an independent lifestyle, off-campus residences provide more privacy and offer opportunities to interact with people in the community outside the school environment. Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangements as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The University of Georgia is famous for its beautiful and historic campus, which is located in the heart of downtown Athens, Georgia, a town well-known for its music scene. In fact, UGA has been ranked number 1 among “Campuses that rock” by Rolling Stone magazine. Every summer, students and community members can enjoy Athfest, a 3-day music festival that takes place in downtown Athens. Not only does Athens have great music, but it also has great restaurants, clubs, bars and shops—all of them within five minutes’ walk of the UGA campus. The UGA campus is filled with beautiful buildings, gardens, and sports and recreational venues—there is even a lake with a nature trail right behind Family Housing apartments. Athens is also home to the State Botanical Gardens (a short bus ride from campus), and ten minutes’ drive from campus is Sandy Creek Park and Nature Center, a beautiful unspoiled woodland reserve and lake (with a beach and boats for hire), a creek, and hiking trails. UGA is only 90 minutes away from Atlanta (accessible by the Megabus), home of the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, Coca Cola World, Six Flags Theme park, Stone Mountain Park, the historic Martin Luther King Center, and many other fun places to visit. IEP often arranges student trips to visit these attractions.
    • About the College/University
    • Located in Athens, Georgia, and founded in 1785, the University of Georgia is America’s first state-chartered university. UGA is ranked in the nation’s top 20 public universities by U.S. News and World Report and in the top 18 public universities by Forbes magazine. With a student population of around 35,000, UGA is a vibrant and exciting place where students can enjoy the fresh air and beautiful campus of a small town while also having opportunities to take part in the many events that take place on campus every day. For many Southerners, UGA means football, and the school certainly has a great football team, but the university also has world-rated musical performances, plays, a state art museum, a state-of-the-arts sports and recreation center, and all kinds of sporting events including basketball, gymnastics, and tennis. Academically, UGA is ranked as a “Very high research” university” and has a “More Selective” student body according to the Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education. UGA offers more than 140 degree programs in a wide array of fields and has 13 top-rated libraries on its campuses including the beautiful new special collections library. Recently UGA enlarged its campus to include the new Health Science Campus and has also increased the size and scope of its engineering program. New buildings on campus include the new Terry College of Business building and the huge new Science Building, filled with labs and classrooms. In addition to a rigorous academic program, UGA students take part in many activities on campus and in the community and can participate in the more than 700 student organizations.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • No conditional admission to the university is available.
  • Courses
    • Full Intensive English Program

    • About This Course
    • The Intensive English Program offers five 8-week sessions throughout the year beginning in January, March, June, August, and October and two four-week sessions beginning in June and July. Full-time students take 20 hours of class each week from Monday to Friday.
      New students take a written and oral placement test to determine the appropriate level based on their English proficiency. IEP offers 6 levels of instruction from high-beginning to advanced and when necessary will add a seventh level for highly-advanced students. All full-time students take a core curriculum consisting of reading, writing, grammar, and listening/ speaking, and vocabulary. In addition, intermediate and advanced students can also take elective classes such as TOEFL, IELTS or GRE, Idiomatic Expression, Applying for College, Debating, and other subjects. IEP also offers some classes specifically for students who are preparing for graduate school.
      All our students have UGA ID cards that give them access to many facilities on campus such as the libraries and the sports and recreation center. Our students also have access to free tutoring as well as reduced cost admission (with their ID card) to many events on campus.
      The IEP provides opportunities for students to practice their English and meet community members through activities such as the weekly conversation table and the conversation partners program. IEP also organizes fun trips to popular attractions, sporting events, and shopping centers.

      Class size ranges from 10-16 students.
    • Course Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 4,8,16,24 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Available Upon Request
      HOUSING: Off-Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2019
      8 WEEKS:
      1/14 - 3/8
      Apply by 11/14
      3/18 - 5/10
      Apply by 1/18

      16 WEEKS:
      1/14 - 5/10
      Apply by 11/14

    • Fees
      US$ 150
      TUITION FEE (2018-2019)
      4 WEEKS US$ 1,100
      8 WEEKS US$ 1,990
      16 WEEKS US$ 3,980
      24 WEEKS US$ 5,970
      4 WEEKS N/A N/A US$ 380-1000
      8 WEEKS N/A N/A US$ 760-2000
      16 WEEKS N/A N/A US$ 1520-4000
      24 WEEKS N/A N/A US$ 2280-6000
      Airport Pickup Service
      Student Arranged (Airport Shuttle Available)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Housing fee does not include meals.
  • Location
    • United States Athens, Georgia
    • Location
      University of Georgia
      Intensive English Program (IEP)

      205 Milledge Hall, 103 Hooper Street Athens, Georgia  30602-1554  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport:
      It is the student's responsibility to arrange their own transportation from the airport to campus. Shuttle service is available at the airport. It will cost approximately US$ 37 and will arrive on campus in 90 minutes.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.7
      School Environment: 4.7
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.3
      Activities and Social Life: 4.3
      Accommodation: 5.0


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      Estudiante Anterior
      [ Santiago, Chile, Age 25, Female ]  2018/6/21
      13 of 15 people found the following review helpful.
      Excelente experiencia
      Estudie 2 meses en un programa intensivo de íngles. Me sentí cómoda con los profesores, muy preocupados de sus alumnos. Todos los jueves habían actividades para extranjeros.

      [ Kanagawa, Japan ]  2018/10/6

      Daniela Fernandez
      [ Cochabamba, Bolivia, Age 24, Female ]  2018/10/5
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