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Western Carolina University (WCU)

Intensive English Program (IEP) / Online IEP @ WCU [Cullowhee, North Carolina]


  • The IEP Admissions Specialist guides students through every step of the application process to the IEP and upon successful completion, into WCU. Beginning Fall 2018, WCU will offers undergraduate tuition at a rate comparable to the best scholarship opportunities in the USA. Learn more about this at
  • Faculty and staff help IEP students settle into life on the beautiful campus and help them get to know students and members of the community. IEP wants students to feel at home!
  • IEP prides itself on helping students become fluent in English as they enjoy living in a safe, beautiful, friendly community.
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Western Carolina University's Intensive English Program (IEP) is designed for non-native English speakers to improve their language skills. IEP is useful for both working professionals and students preparing for university study or professional programs. Small class sizes provide individualized attention from experienced faculty who hold graduate degrees in linguistics or language teaching. Students improve their language skills outside of the classroom through immersive cultural experiences. IEP offers three levels of English study: high beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Each level includes instruction and strategies in reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and additional special topics such as academic research, Business English, Intercultural Communication and iBT test preparation. Students receive 18 hours of in-class language instruction Monday through Friday with many cross-cultural activities throughout the semester.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 2010
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA / SACS
      Enrollment : 45
      Average Class Size : 8-12
      Airport Pickup : Available
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Rural
      Transportation : Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Hello and welcome to our Intensive English Program! Our program was founded in 2010 and has included students from all over the world. Our instructors are some of the very best you will find and have extensive training and experience working with international students. We want you to feel at home with us, to study hard and make progress, and to stay in touch with us as you move into your university courses. We are your anchor from your first days here throughout your studies. In fact, most students successfully complete our program and obtain conditional admission to Western Carolina University, where they study in a variety of degree programs, most prominently business, engineering, and health sciences. Our location in the Great Smoky Mountains near Asheville, NC, offers a safe campus and local community in one of the most beautiful parts of the USA. Join us in our IEP at WCU and see for yourself!

      Melanie Robbins
      Program Academic Coordinator & Instructor
      Intensive English Program
      Western Carolina University
    • WCU Intensive English Program
      69 East University Way, 109 Camp Building
      Cullowhee, North Carolina  28723  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (828) 227-4933
      FAX: +1 (828) 227-7080
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • IEP provides students with the opportunity to live in on-campus dormitories, off-campus residences, or enjoy a homestay experience. Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities and other students. 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. IEP also arranges homestays for those students who want to experience local culture first-hand as a member of a family and practice their conversational English. Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangements as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. Private off-campus apartments are also available; however students must make their own arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • Western Carolina University’s main campus is located in Cullowhee, NC, just over 50 miles west of Asheville. WCU’s rural location fuels a connected, supportive, safe campus community that is centered on the academic and personal growth of students. As one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, Western North Carolina attracts people who want to get out and enjoy nature. Western Carolina offers students many opportunities to engage in outdoor activities like hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiing, ziplining, horseback riding, and much more. Students and staff often spend their free time hiking or mountain biking through national forests, and plenty of nearby camping destinations provide a fun way to unwind on weekends. These are some of the reasons WCU has been named the No. 1 Outdoor Adventure College in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic since 2014.
    • About the College/University
    • As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in over 120 undergraduate programs, minors, and concentrations and 35 graduate and certificate programs.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program (IEP) / Online IEP @ WCU

    • Overview
    • The Intensive English Program at WCU is located in the beautiful mountains of the westernmost part of North Carolina in a safe and welcoming environment. IEP offers classes at three levels: high beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Instruction and strategies cover reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar as well as special topics such as Business English, academic research, iBT test-preparation and Intercultural Communication. There are 18 hours per week in language instruction plus a variety of cross-cultural activities throughout the semester.

      IEP students have access to all student services including on-campus housing and dining, free tutoring services, cultural events, student activities, a state-of-the-art gym, athletic facilities and university sports events. The fall and spring programs are semester-long (16 weeks) and the summer programs run 4-8 weeks.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 8 - 12 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 3 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 4,8,16 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Admission
      HOUSING: On-Campus Residence
      Off-Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2021
      16 WEEKS:
      8/16 - 12/17

      8 WEEKS:
      6/6 - 8/4

      16 WEEKS:
      1/4 - 5/6

    • Costs
      US$ 0 (No Application Fee)
      TUITION FEE (2021 - 2022)
      4 WEEKS US$ 185 - 375 (Online)
      16 WEEKS US$ 5,694
      8 WEEKS US$ 2,910
      8-16 WEEKS US$ 135-185 Per Week US$ 135-185 Per Week US$ 163 Per Week
      Airport Pickup Service
      Free (Send Arrival Information to School)
      Health Insurance
      US$ 524 Per Semester
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Homestay fees include meals.
  • Location
    • United States Cullowhee, North Carolina
    • Location
      WCU Intensive English Program
      69 East University Way, 109 Camp Building Cullowhee, North Carolina  28723  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Asheville Regional Airport (AVL):
      The school arranges free airport pick-up service that brings students directly to the school in approximately 60 minutes.
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