[UPDATED: August 12, 2021] Please note that due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) related travel restrictions and vaccine requirements, study abroad options may be affected. Many programs are open for in-person instruction, however, ApplyESL recommends contacting schools of interest to check status, and local embassies or consulates, to obtain information regarding visa services currently available.
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University Consortium of Intensive English Programs (UCIEP), is a consortium made of intensive English programs that are governed by universities and colleges in the United States. UCIEP's purpose is the advancement of professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs at US universities and colleges. UCIEP members are committed to ensuring that students receive the highest quality intensive English instruction from trained, professional teachers. ApplyESL.com has partnered with UCIEP in bringing you direct applications to the best ESL programs in the U.S.


A student enrolled at a college or university who is taking courses and gaining credits in order to attain a Bachelor's or Associate's degree.


Similar to a college (see "College"), offering a "liberal arts", or vocational education at the postsecondary level. However, universities offer instruction in more fields than do colleges, including professions such as medicine and law; they also award a greater variety of graduate degrees.

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