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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Intensive English Institute (IEI) [Champaign, Illinois]


  • Interact with U.S. students outside of the classroom through the Conversation Partners Program
  • Study at a major public university ranked among the best institutions in the world
  • Enjoy living in Urbana-Champaign, the friendly "twin" cities, a safe, picturesque college town
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1967
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA, UCIEP / CEA
      Enrollment : 130 - 160
      Average Class Size : 12 - 15
      Airport Pickup : Not Available
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Urban
      Transportation : Bus, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Hello from the University of Illinois!
      We are very happy that you are visiting the Intensive English Institute through our profile on The IEI has been in existence for over 30 years, and graduates of our program live all over the world. You can meet some of them if you come to our website. Our Institute offers programs to suit the interests and needs of a variety of students. These programs include academic English for students preparing to attend U.S. universities; American English and culture; business communication; legal English; and ESL teacher training. All of our teachers are highly qualified professionals whose goal is to help their students improve their English as much as possible. Because the IEI is part of the University of Illinois, our students are able to take advantage of all the things that a large research university has to offer -- recreational facilities, entertainment, computer labs, wonderful libraries, on-campus housing – to name just a few. We are located in Champaign-Urbana, a safe and friendly college town only 200 km from Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis. We hope to see you soon at the IEI.

      The IEI Team
      Intensive English Institute (IEI)
      University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
      Intensive English Institute

      507 East Green Street, Suite 401
      Champaign, Illinois  61820  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (217) 333-6598
      FAX: +1 (217) 265-0158
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • Surrounding Area
    • About the College/University
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 10 - 20 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 9,15 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Dormitory or On-Campus Apartment
    • Dates
    • 2024
      15 WEEKS:
      9/3 - 12/13
      Apply by 7/15

    • Costs
      US$ 100
      TUITION FEE (2024)
      9 WEEKS US$ 2,800
      15 WEEKS US$ 5,780
      US$ 200; US$ 180 (Homestay)
      9 WEEKS US$ 1,200 US$ 1,288 N/A
      15 WEEKS US$ 2,400 US$ 2,315 - 2,797 N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      University Fees
      US$ 1,594 (15W); US$ 976 (9W)
      Health Insurance Fee
      US$ 712
    • Remarks / Other Information
  • Location
    • United States Urbana, Illinois
    • Location
      University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
      Intensive English Institute

      507 East Green Street, Suite 401 Champaign, Illinois  61820  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Willard Airport:
      It is students' responsibility to arrange their own transportation from the airport to campus. Taxis are available at the airport. It will cost approximately US$10 and will arrive on campus in 15 minutes. The campus is also accessible by buses that run on limited schedules.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.6
      School Environment: 4.4
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.6
      Activities and Social Life: 3.9
      Accommodation: 4.2


    • There are 24 reviews for this school

    • Manh Nguyen
      [ Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Male ]
      16 of 19 people found the following review helpful.
      The Friendly Atmosphere at IEI
      I liked the way they work here [at the IEI]. It was practical and efficient. All the teachers were so kind, helpful and thoughtful. During the course, I was trained to master the necessary skills which were very useful for my work in my native country. I had occasion to practice speaking and writing as much as I could. I loved the friendly atmosphere at the U of I and IEI. I had the chance to make friends with a lot of international students coming from various parts of the world. We had a good relationship and worked well together. We often participated in various activities at Convo Table or at the Illini Union. Everyone here had a good way of behavior to others. I think it was the common attitude of a civilized and human society. What also impressed me a lot was the good environment here. It was clean, green and safe. I often spent hours after class and even on weekends walking around the campus and the neighboring area to enjoy looking at everything. Four months of the Spring term at UI was just a short time but it was quite a significant part of my life.
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      Zeynep Genc
      [ Ankara, Turkey, Female ]
      6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
      I Made the Best Choice by Coming Here
      I looked at lots of English courses before came to the IEI. However, I can say that I made the best choice by coming here. The IEI is the one of the best. When I came to USA I could not speak English well. It was a really bad situation for me, but when I took the IEI course I learnt so many things. If you want to speak and learn English, you have to learn the culture, and the lifestyle of Americans. Everybody is very friendly, and gentle here. In general, we have lots of opportunities to improve our communication skill without being bored. I was really surprised after the first week of the classes had passed, because I had thought that they might be boring sometimes. However, I immediately changed my mind, because we have lots of fun in the classes. This is the most important difference between other English courses and the IEI. We also have lots of outside activities here. And the teachers are really good at teaching English. They have the patience that we need! Also, they are very creative in planning class activities, and lessons. I am planning to attend a Master degree program at U of I. For that reason, I have to be really good at English. I got self-confidence about my English here. If you have a problem with English, or want to improve your English, the best place to take care of it is - the IEI! I suggest that you come here if you really want to learn English. You will really see the difference!!!
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      Manop Kaewmoracharoen
      [ Bangkok, Thailand, Male ]
      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      My Life After I Attended the IEI
      Before I came study in the IEI, I was afraid to talk with Americans because of my poor English skills. But everything gradually changed and I felt comfortable talking to Americans and other international students after I started studying in the IEI. I learned useful basic skills for both daily life and for higher level classes. I learned how to communicate effectively. I learned basic writing skills. Moreover, I attended other specific classes in the IEI such as English Through Business Communication Class and Images of America in Film and Fiction Class. I learned how to create business letters, to prepare business presentations. For Images of America Class, I learned the American culture. Many good things came to my life after I attended the IEI. Champaign-Urbana (C-U) was another major reason why I chose to study English here. C-U is safe and a good place to live and study. There are many supermarkets, huge bookstores, some shopping areas, and some good restaurants. Moreover, C-U is located in the southwest of Chicago 120 miles. I could go to Chicago in two hours. This gave me many chances to visit Chicago, a really "BIG" city in the USA. I would really like to thank the IEI and everyone in the IEI that gave me a good opportunities to learn English.
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      Hsuan-Ning Ching
      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Female ]
      2 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      They Care About Me
      From placement test to choosing what classes I like, IEI did their best to put me in the level that was suitable for me. Even though it was hard for me in the beginning, teachers helped me patiently to overcome every difficulty both in school and in my new adopted environment. Because my teachers never hesitated to answer my all questions, I improve a lot, from a person who had difficult reading Toefl articles to a person who can read Time magazine; from a person who didn't really clearly understand daily conversation to a person who can understand a 50 minute lecture now. Also, they offered a lot of resources or held a lot of activities besides regular classes. In every activity, I not only learned English, made new friends, but also had lots of fun. There are always countless interesting activities waiting for me like the Valentine's Day and Halloween parties or game night every week. I appreciate the IEI because even they gave me more than my expectations. They help me make learning English fun this year.
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      Marta Lopez-Luzzatti Martin
      [ Madrid, Spain, Female ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      IEI People Were So Kind
      I will go back to Spain with really great memories of the IEI. At the beginning, I was a little scared because I had never done anything like this in my life. But I had so much fun and I improved my English a lot. From the very first day, the people at the IEI were so kind and helpful; they made me feel very comfortable. That was very important for me because it was hard to leave my home and come here. They understood that and treated me with kindness and sympathy. Also they helped me in whatever I needed, not only with their program but also with life in Urbana-Champaign. They made it easy for everybody. I think the program was great; the teachers were experienced, qualified, patient and respectful with everybody. They were very friendly and they were always ready to help us. I found the classes interesting, useful and a lot of fun. I made some really good friends there. They also prepared extra activities so you can have a lot of fun visiting many different places, doing new things and passing the time with your friends at the IEI. I really liked this Institute and I'm very happy to have been there.
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      Atef Al-Rashidi
      [ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Male ]
      4 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      The Best Time in My Life
      It has been more than three years since I have left my Alma Mater (University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign). I have come to the United States with a dream of getting my PhD. The language was my great obstacle. I remember the frustration on my first day at Urbana-Champaign when I could not order a "pizza", because I came with almost no English. I had chosen IEI among many English institutes just following my "Personal Legend". I did not know that time why I chose it. I had no previous ideas about it, but, maybe, I was lucky. IEI was the gateway to my dream! From the first month in the IEI, I felt the improvement. I realized that my dream was becoming a reality. The IEI program was even more than I expected. It was not limited to teaching English as a language, but from its friendly staff I learned a lot about different cultures. The horizon was expanded to meet different people from different parts of the world whom became my friends. I have stayed in touch with most of them! What I liked the most is the character of the IEI staff, their support, encouragement, hard effort to see their student succeed, and their kind care about their students even after their graduation. As a result of my study in the IEI, I got admission at UIUC and received my Master's degree from its College of Business. Now I am a PhD candidate in Economics at Oklahoma State University. Truly, my time at the IEI was the best time in my life, and I am so honored to have had that chance.
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      Hwang Jin Lee
      [ Pusan, Korea, Male ]
      3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      IEI was really helpful to my life
      I got a lot of help from the people of the IEI in many ways. They helped me to understand what I did not know before. At the beginning of the semester, they tried to find the right class which would help me improve my English skills best. During the semester, I improved not only my English but also my knowledge about American culture. The teachers of the IEI helped me whenever I had difficulty understanding what I had learned in class. The classes were not boring but were motivating and made me interested in English. Moreover I was able to make a number of foreign friends. There were many interesting students from various countries who can have fun together at the IEI. While I was having a good time with these students, we became close friends. Before I attended to the IEI, I thought that English was boring and difficult to learn. But now I know that I can have fun when I learn English. I think that the IEI helped me to discover this.
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      Yumi Obata
      [ Yokohama, Japan, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Urbana-Champaign is a clean, safe and beautiful city
      There are too many reasons why I liked the IEI to write in a paragraph, so let me pick some of them. I liked the IEI very much because of its excellent curriculum. What I learned in classes was practical and useful for my work in Japan as well as for academic preparation. The teachers in the IEI are professional, kind and friendly. I spent a lot of time with my teacher chatting after classes. I also enjoyed the environment of the IEI and U of I. IEI students can use facilities at the U of I such as libraries and IMPE (athletic gym). I went to IMPE to swim in the summer and the Ice Arena to skate in the winter with my classmates. There is "Convo Table" twice a week after class and I could meet a lot of the IEI students from different classes, teachers and American students. It was really a good opportunity to make friends. There are many more fun activities in the IEI.
      Urbana-Champaign, the city where the IEI is located, is a clean, safe and beautiful city. It is not very big but has got enough entertainment places such as movie theaters and shopping malls. I often spent my time walking around campus to enjoy the beautiful scenery. I especially like the fall season. It's really amazing! This is too short for me to express my feelings for the IEI, but I hope this helps you to understand why I enjoyed the IEI.
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      Fabio Manda
      [ Rome, Italy, Male ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      IEI is a Great Choice for English!
      After taking several semesters in the IEI, I have no doubt that IEI is a great choice because of its tradition, prestige, and quality of instruction. Classes are small and never boring, and teachers are very friendly. During my experience at the IEI, I improved my English and learned about life at an American campus. This year I obtained admission to the School of Architecture at UIUC, which was my dream! I am very grateful to the IEI as it helped me improve my English skills and reach my academic goals. Choosing the IEI changes your life! It happened to me!
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      Patricia Ferrer
      [ Bogota, Colombia, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Everything Started at IEI
      Around six years ago, I came to the USA with tons of expectations, illusions, goals, and of course fears that were all worthy because I was following a dream: Learn English to improve my professional career. Coming to USA was a great idea that could have been a happy experience in any place, but coming to Champaign-Urbana and specifically to the IEI made it the best experience and it changed my life; it really did. There are different aspects of it that allow me to say that. One is the city and UIUC, another is the IEI itself and the last one is the people I met. Champaign-Urbana is a city that gives you a friendly sample of what living in USA can be. C-U are two small cities with great restaurants, wonderful theaters with unique shows and plays, good shopping areas, cozy coffee shops, and very efficient transportation systems. Since I got there I knew I was in the right place. UIUC is a University with great programs which usually attract smart and dedicated teachers and students. The university is also known by the great diversity of its students. I met people from so many countries that I never even though I would be able to meet in my entire life. Nowadays, after six years in USA and as a current language teacher, I feel that The Intensive English Institute I is one of the most effective and worthwhile English programs in the country.
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      Juliana Bueno
      [ Sao Paulo, Brazil, Female ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Quality of Courses
      When I arrived in U.S.A. I didn't know which course I should choose. I had always studied English in Brazil, and I was looking for something different I didn't want just to improve my English skills but also have a good time. After this semester I can affirm that all my goals were reached. since the first day, I met a lot of different people from all around the world! It was a great experience, that I'll never forget. Furthermore, I feel that my English improved a lot. The teachers are extremely dedicated to us and committed to our goals. They are always ready to help, in whatever we need. I have never had better teachers before, and I will always remember their kindness and dedication. But what really impressed me in IEI is their commitment with the quality of their courses. they are always asking for feedback and trying to improve themselves. That is the reason why I can affirm that IEI is a great choice for everybody. So, If you want to improve your English and have a lot of fun, IEI is a choice that you'll never regret.
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      [ Yanbu, ksa, Age 18, Male ]

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    • Tony
      [ Taiwan, Republic of China, Age 25, Male ]
      24 of 27 people found the following review helpful.

      [ Seoul, Republic of Korea ]
      Thank you!

      [ 서울, 한국, Age 38, Female ]
      4 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      푸른 잔디와 활기넘치는 교정이 그리워요
      사계절이 뚜렷하고 시골이면서도 갖출 것은 다 갖춰져 있는 생활여건과 저렴한 주거환경 등이 어학연수를 가기엔 필요충분 조건이 다 구비되어 있다고 생각합니다. 문제는 도시의 번화함과 레져 스포츠를 즐기기엔 다소 무리가 있는 조용함이 있지만, 나름 미식축구장이나 근처에 잘 정비된 공원이 많아서 참된 미국 생활을 누리기엔 부족함이 없어요.
      강사진도 모두 친절하고 대학원이상 학력을 구비하고 있으며 대학 부설이다 보니 모든 시설을 이용할 수 있는 장점이 있어요.
      다시 한번 가고 싶네요.. 그리운 샴페인 어버나.

      Estudiante Anterior
      [ Bucaramanga, Colombia, Age 31, Male ]
      9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
      Extraño la Vida en Urbana
      Urbana es una ciudad muy practica, comoda, segura y muy agradable. Los profesores son muy buenos y las actividades que hace el iei son super ricas.
      Estando ya en la ciudad la vida es muy barata, es muy poco lo que se gasta.
      La variedad de restaurantes es excelente.
      Es muy barato ir a chicago o St Luis desde urbana y muy cerca.
      Realmente se practica el ingles y la pasa uno muy bueno la recomiendo totalmente.

      [ 台灣桃園, 台灣, Age 32, Female ]

      [ Taoyuan, Taiwan, Age 27, Female ]

      [ 新竹縣, Taiwan, Age 29, Male ]

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