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The University of Iowa

Iowa Intensive English Program [Iowa City, Iowa]


  • Selective Conditional Admission available for undergraduate admission to The University of Iowa
  • UI’s library system is the largest in the state of Iowa, and among the largest in the U.S.
  • Located in the Heart of Middle America – safe, friendly, accessible to Chicago and other major cities
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The Iowa Intensive English Program (IIEP), established in 1976, provides international students with high quality intensive English instruction and a cultural, social, and academic introduction to the U.S. Instruction focuses on improving students’ grammar, writing, reading, listening comprehension, pronunciation, and conversation skills. IIEP is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). The IIEP is also 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; and EnglishUSA (AAIEP), the American Association of Intensive English programs.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1976
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP, EnglishUSA/CEA
      Enrollment : 200
      Average Class Size : 12 - 15
      Airport Pickup : Student Arranged
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from Iowa!
      Welcome to the Iowa Intensive English Program (IIEP) profile on Through our partnership with ApplyESL, we are happy to offer you the opportunity to find out more about IIEP and Iowa City. The IIEP provides high quality English language instruction through a curriculum that provides excellent academic preparation for both graduate and undergraduate study. Cultural orientation activities such as field trips and recreational and social experiences are an integral part of the program. A caring staff provides assistance and support with issues both in and outside the classroom. Such support not only facilitates cultural assimilation but also builds confidence in adapting to university life in the United States. We look forward to meeting you here in Iowa City, a safe, friendly, cosmopolitan community of 60,000. Here in America’s Heartland, we have all the amenities of a modern urban center, while maintaining a friendly, small-town feel, which provides an excellent atmosphere for study and enrichment.
      Melissa Meisterheim
      Director, Iowa Intensive English Program
    • The University of Iowa
      Iowa Intensive English Program

      1112 University Capitol Centre
      Iowa City, Iowa  52242-5500  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 319-335-5630
      FAX: +1 319-335-6037
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • Most IIEP students stay in dormitories on campus or find apartments off campus. Since there are several off-campus housing options in Iowa City, students are encouraged to arrange their own housing once they have arrived. Students are often assisted in finding housing by many nationality associations on campus. Students wanting to stay in a dorm are encouraged to visit the Housing Office website ( and send a housing application and deposit as soon as possible. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, a small and pleasant Midwestern city of 68,000 people. Iowa City, located only 20 miles from the Cedar Rapids airport and 200 miles from Chicago, offers an excellent atmosphere for study and personal enrichment. The campus is located close to the downtown shopping center and is connected by bus to all parts of the city. The University offers many social and cultural activities that are usually only available in much larger cities. Iowa City combines small-town convenience and security with large-city atmosphere. Its cosmopolitan feeling is due partly to the fact that students from more than 100 foreign countries attend the University.
    • About the College/University
    • The University of Iowa was founded in 1847 with a current enrollment of over 31,000 students. The campus has more than 150 buildings and is located near Iowa City’s downtown shopping area. UI has an extensive number of high quality academic programs and disciplines offered through 10 colleges. The University is ranked 28th best public university in the country (U.S. News & World Report 2013), and 11% of the students enrolled are international. The campus is connected by bus routes to all parts of the city. UI has excellent library facilities and provides students with convenient and up-to-date technological resources (IIEP students have full access to all UI facilities). The University is fully accredited on both a regional and national level in each major.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program (Online)

    • Overview
    • **This course is currently conducted online.**

      During the Fall and Spring sessions the IIEP offers a 16-week program that corresponds with the university semester system. The Summer session is an 11-week program. All programs include 20 hours of classroom and laboratory instruction each week except for their special accelerated summer 11-week session.

      The IIEP has all levels of instruction ranging from beginning to advanced. Students starting intensive English studies at the beginning level will normally acquire sufficient proficiency to begin academic work after four terms in the IIEP. Intermediate students usually require at least two terms, and advanced students normally require one term. However, the duration of intensive English study that is required for an individual student depends on personal motivation, level of proficiency, and aptitude.

      Instruction emphasizes spoken and written English crucial to college and university work in the U.S. The basic language skills of grammar, writing, reading, listening comprehension, pronunciation, and conversation are taught each day in all levels (beginning, intermediate, and advanced).

      An average of 12-15 students are assigned to each class.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12 - 15 students
      CLASS LEVELS: 5 levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 11 & 16 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 years old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 issued upon request
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment
      Off-Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2021
      16 WEEKS:
      8/23 - 12/10

    • Costs
      US $90
      TUITION FEE (2020-2021)
      16 WEEKS US $5,300
      16 WEEKS N/A US $4,700 N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      University Fees
      US $753
      Health Insurance
      US $250/month
      Tuition Deposit
      US$ 250 (Non-Refundable)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Housing fees includes estimated living expense.
      * The number of class levels is determined by the number of students enrolled each semester.
      * The total amount of class time for summer 11-week session is equivalent to spring or fall (16 weeks) since you have class for more hours per week.
  • Location
    • United States Iowa City, Iowa
    • Location
      The University of Iowa
      Iowa Intensive English Program

      1112 University Capitol Centre Iowa City, Iowa  52242-5500  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Eastern Iowa Airport – Cedar Rapids:
      It is the student's responsibility to arrange their own transportation from the airport to campus. Shuttle service is available at the airport and will cost approximately US$38. See the IIEP website for details.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.0
      School Environment: 4.6
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.2
      Activities and Social Life: 3.6
      Accommodation: 3.7


    • There are 5 reviews for this school

    • 學生
      [ 台北, 中華民國-台灣, Age 29, Female ]
      3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      It's an awesome school!
      Iowa is a great city where I was able to learn English safely. In addition, the tutors were very helpful. I learned a lot at the University of Iowa.
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      [ Seoul, Republic of Korea, Age 22, Female ]
      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      About The University of Iowa..
      I think the University of Iowa was so good for me to learn English. The people in Iowa were very very kind and I could relax there. I learned so many things like lifestyle, English and so on. And I made many friends from many countries. It was a really good experience to learn about the U.S.A. ^^
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      [ 沈阳。 辽宁, 中国, Age 18, Male ]
      3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.

      [ 台北, 台灣 ]

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