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University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder)

International English Center (IEC) [Boulder, Colorado]


  • Innovative, high-quality English language and cultural programming integrating cutting-edge teaching practices and experiential learning
  • Caring, friendly, and safe environment with exceptional teaching, academic advising, and student services, as well as meaningful opportunities to engage with members of the University of Colorado Boulder community
  • A beautiful setting at the foot of the Rocky Mountains with exciting outdoor activities, sports, shopping, and entertainment.
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Innovative programming, outstanding academic, immigration, and support services, and engaging cultural experiences have consistently made the International English Center (IEC) one of the top destinations for English language study in the United States. Established in 1975, the IEC provides high-quality English language training and cultural programming for youth, high school, pre-collegiate, pre-graduate, and degree students, working professionals, and members of the Boulder community. Programs integrate cutting-edge teaching practices and experiential learning. Courses are offered in traditional, hybrid, and online formats. 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.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1975
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP, EnglishUSA / CEA
      Enrollment : 100 - 150
      Average Class Size : 15
      Airport Pickup : Student Arranged
      Tuition : Medium
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus
    • A Message from School
    • Welcome to the University of Colorado Boulder! The International English Center (IEC) provides high-quality English language instruction for international students preparing for academic study in the U.S., and professionals seeking to enhance their career opportunities. We are recognized as one of the best English language university programs with proven results. We offer a variety of programs that can help you achieve your academic or professional goals.

      In addition to English instruction, the IEC offers extracurricular activities and events that allow students to explore U.S. culture in a friendly and safe learning environment. Our students regularly engage with members of the University of Colorado Boulder, a top-ranking school both in the U.S. and globally.

      We take pride in helping our students reach their potential. We look forward to meeting you!

      Ruth Moore, Director
      International English Center (IEC)
    • University of Colorado Boulder
      International English Center
      Division of Continuing Education

      1030 13th Street
      Boulder, Colorado  80309-0063  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (303) 492-5547
      FAX: +1 (303) 492-5515
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • Choosing the right type of housing is an important decision. At the IEC, we want to help you explore your options. Some of the factors you should consider in making your housing decision include:
      • What housing options are offered for your IEC program
      • How long you will study at the IEC
      • How close your residence is to the IEC
      • Your dining preferences
      • What you expect from your overall student experience

      Dormitory; On-Campus Apartment - You may want to live on campus in the University Residence Hall and eat in the campus dining facilities, or you may want to live in the Bear Creek Apartments and prepare your own meals. The IEC will help you arrange on-campus housing.

      Off Campus - If you decide to live in off-campus housing, you must make your own arrangements. If you live in Boulder, you can easily take public transportation to the IEC (Boulder Bus Routes). If you choose to live in a neighboring city, such as Louisville, Lafayette, Longmont or Broomfield, you can still take public transportation, but it will take more time to travel to the IEC (Metro Denver Bus Routes).
    • Surrounding Area
    • The IEC is centrally located in Boulder, Colorado. Boulder is a safe community and the city frequently receives high rankings in art, health, well-being, quality of life, and education. Boulder is approximately 45 minutes by public transportation from Denver and 90 minutes by car from major ski resort areas.

      The campus is near many city and state parks, including Rocky Mountain National Park which has some of the most spectacular scenery in the United States. Boulder averages 300 days of sunshine each year. The Boulder area also attracts high tech companies such as Google, Oracle, IBM, and Ricoh.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1876, the University of Colorado Boulder is a state governed institution with over 30,000 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 has had five Nobel Prize winners, three U.S. Supreme Court Justices, and 18 CU Boulder-affiliated astronauts. The University is fully accredited on both a regional and a national level in each major.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students who complete the ESL Academic Bridge program. Students who choose to enroll in the ESL Academic Bridge Program must successfully complete all levels of the program prior to beginning their degree program at the university. Students in the high intermediate and advanced levels may enroll in the Pathway track to take University credit courses at an additional cost.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English, ESL Academic Bridge, Legal English Program

    • Overview
    • Intensive English Program

      The Intensive English Program is designed for international students who are preparing to enter a university or graduate program in the U.S. It is also appropriate for working professionals and community members who want to improve their academic English. Students take writing, reading, listening and speaking, and elective courses. Classes are interactive and allow students to develop their language skills while practicing English in real situations. Class size is 15 students on average. Teachers provide students extensive feedback, which helps students to improve their English and build their confidence.

      ESL Academic Bridge Program

      The ESL Academic Bridge Program is for conditionally-admitted students who have not met the English language proficiency requirements for admission into an undergraduate degree program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Students who choose to enroll in the ESL Academic Bridge Program must successfully complete all levels of the program prior to beginning their degree program at the university.

      The Intensive English and ESL Academic Bridge programs have eight levels—four lower levels and four higher levels. The curriculum for each level is aligned with the standards of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
      Lower levels provide a foundation in English language structure, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
      Higher levels focus on the academic skills needed to succeed in university or graduate school. This includes more complex and sophisticated uses of English in terms of essays, interactions, presentations, and projects.

      Legal English Program

      The Legal English Program is an intensive program designed for international students who plan on attending law school in the U.S. as well as for practicing international lawyers seeking to refine their English language skills. Students on an F-1 or J-1 visa take the full program, while part-time and current degree students can enroll in individual courses. Students have the opportunity to attend CU Law School events, lectures, and activities. Students who have been conditionally admitted to the CU Law School and who choose to enroll in the Legal English Program must successfully complete all levels of the program prior to beginning their LLM program at the university.

      The Legal English Program consists of four core courses:
      • Legal Writing & Rhetoric
      • Legal Oral Communication
      • Understanding Legal Texts
      • Law School Prep
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12 - 15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 8 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 4, 8, 16, 24, 32, 40 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Dormitory; On-Campus Apartment
      Off-Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2021
      4 WEEKS:
      8/18 - 9/17
      Apply by 7/18
      10/14 - 11/12
      Apply by 9/14

      8 WEEKS:
      8/18 - 10/13
      Apply by 7/18
      10/14 - 12/16
      Apply by 9/14

    • Costs
      US$ 125 (Non-Refundable)
      TUITION FEE (2021 - 2022)
      4 WEEKS US$ 2,024
      8 WEEKS US$ 3,550
      16 WEEKS US$ 7,100
      24 WEEKS US$ 10,650
      32 WEEKS US$ 14,200
      40 WEEKS US$ 17,750
      US$ 300 (On-Campus Apartments)
      4 WEEKS N/A US$ 1,850 US$ 1500-2100 Per Month
      8 WEEKS N/A US$ 3,700 US$ 1500-2100 Per Month
      16 WEEKS N/A US$ 7,400 US$ 1500-2100 Per Month
      24 WEEKS N/A US$ 11,100 US$ 1500-2100 Per Month
      32 WEEKS N/A US$ 14,800 US$ 1500-2100 Per Month
      40 WEEKS N/A US$ 18,500 US$ 1500-2100 Per Month
      Airport Pickup Service
      Student Arranged - Contact School for Options
    • 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

      1030 13th Street Boulder, Colorado  80309-0063  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Denver International Airport:
      It is the responsibility of each student to arrange their own transportation from the airport to campus. Taxis are available at the airport. It will cost approximately US$100 and students will arrive on campus within one hour. Students may also choose to ride a public (RTD) bus from the airport to Boulder. The cost is approximately $13, and this trip is also approximately one hour. Finally, students may choose to reserve a seat in a SuperShuttle or Green Ride to Boulder. This ride may be longer than an hour, as there are multiple riders in the van. The cost will be approximately $50.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.6
      School Environment: 4.4
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.5
      Activities and Social Life: 4.2
      Accommodation: 4.1


    • There are 16 reviews for this school

    • Ali
      [ Kuwait City, Kuwait, Age 18, Male ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Caring Teachers Made Me Happy
      What really amazed me about the IEC is how willing the teachers are to help. They would do whatever it takes just so that you can understand a certain topic. I think the reason why I like that is because I am from a country where teachers don't really care much about the students. So having caring teachers made me happy. Studying at the IEC didn't feel like studying at all! It was just fun. With all the activities that helped me a lot with my learning experience, and all the trips we would do. Basically, the IEC gave the opportunity to live a real learning experience, which is something that would have been impossible if I just stayed in Kuwait, so..thank you :).
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      Lei Yixiao
      [ Shanghai, China, Female ]
      I spent one year at this school before I went to college. In the academic aspect, it taught me useful skills that I can use in college. I have a deeper understanding of English and America. I improved my pronunciation and grammar dramatically here. I like the diversity environment most; staff was willing to help me whenever I had any problems. It is a diverse and inclusive place which means there are so many international students.
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      Kwevitoukoui Hounkpati
      [ Togo, West Africa, Male ]
      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 ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      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 ]
      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 ]
      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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      [ Vitoria Espírito Santo, Brasil, Age 47, Female ]

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      [ Luanda, Angola, Age 19, Female ]

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      A Former Student
      [ Beijing, China ]

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      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 19, Female ]

      [ 神奈川県, 日本, Age 39, Male ]
      7 of 8 people found the following review helpful.

      [ 静岡県, 日本, Age 33, Male ]
      6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.

      [ Mexico City, Mexico, Age 21, Male ]
      Muy buena disfrute y aprendí mucho los maestros son muy amigables el sistema de trabajo es bueno

      Ana Maria Buitrago
      [ Bogota, Colombia, Age 17, Female ]
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