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University of North Texas (UNT)

Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) [Denton, Texas]


  • Solid academic preparation at an affordable cost with flexible starting dates. UNT offers more than 221 undergraduate and graduate degree programs
  • TOEFL waiver for admission to most UNT programs for IELI graduates
  • Live and learn in one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. – the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex

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  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Established in 1977, the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) at the University of North Texas (UNT) is one of the largest and most prestigious English language programs in the United States. The mission of the IELI is to provide the highest quality academic preparatory English language training for international students seeking admission to the University of North Texas or other U.S. institutions of higher education. IELI offers a variety of English programs to help international students develop the English communication and academic skills that are needed to succeed at a university or college in the United States. In addition, the IELI strives to provide a wide variety of student services for international students living in the United States. All IELI students have a full-time student advisor who provides academic counseling and assistance with immigration and housing issues. Students are actively encouraged to participate in a complete program of social, recreational and cultural activities provided by the school. The IELI has full accreditation from CEA (The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation) and is a proud member of UCIEP (University and College Intensive English Programs), an independent consortium of university and college-administered intensive English Programs in the United States, and EnglishUSA (The American Association of Intensive English Programs) which promotes professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1977
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA, UCIEP / CEA
      Enrollment : 300
      Average Class Size : 11
      Airport Pickup : Available
      Tuition : Medium
      Community Type : Urban
      Transportation : Bus, Taxi, Train
    • A Message from School
    • Welcome to the Intensive English Language Institute!
      IELI has saved a place just for you! We would like to help you learn English so that you can reach your academic and professional goals. There are many reasons why hundreds of students choose to study at IELI every term. Our program offers students excellent academic preparation. We have highly qualified full-time instructors who give students individualized attention. Every term, students enjoy many fun activities. IELI is affordable and offers conditional admission to many UNT undergraduate and graduate programs. I look forward to receiving your application from and look forward to seeing you at IELI soon!
      Gordon Clark
      Director and Assistant Dean, Intensive English Language Institute
      University of North Texas
    • Intensive English Language Institute
      University of North Texas

      1155 Union Circle #311067
      Denton, Texas  76203-5017  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (940)-369-7624
      FAX: +1 (940) 565-4822
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • IELI students are encouraged to live on campus in university dormitories for at least their first semester so they have time to search for a good apartment and roommate if they decide to later live off-campus. To live in campus dormitories, students must apply online through the Housing department at the university. Descriptions of available dorm rooms are provided on the UNT housing website. For more specific information about housing accommodations, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The IELI is located on the main campus of the University of North Texas which is situated in the small, safe and friendly southern city of Denton, Texas. Denton has a warm climate, a population of over 110,000 people and is located 40 miles (30 kilometers) north of the major metropolitan cities of Dallas and Fort Worth where close to 6,000,000 people live. The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is the economic and cultural hub of the region commonly called North Texas and is the largest metropolitan area in the state and the fourth largest in the United States. Denton, which is growing rapidly, is fast becoming one of the most popular places to visit in Texas and was recently named on a list of one of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live in America”. The city is home to several annual fairs and events that are popular with both local residents and tourists alike. Denton offers an affordable cost of living and a pleasant college town atmosphere which international students can enjoy. Reflective of the lively music culture in Denton, the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival is an event which attracts over 200,000 people from around the country for live music, food, crafts and recreation. In fact, Denton is well known as a popular area for famous Jazz musicians and fans alike. In addition, the North Texas State Fair and Rodeo is an exciting event which promotes the well-known “cowboy culture” of the great state of Texas. Some of the attractions of the Metroplex area include, Six Flags Over Texas, the nationally-acclaimed amusement park; Hurricane Harbor, one of the largest water parks in the nation, The Ballpark at Arlington, home of the beloved Texas Rangers professional baseball team and Cowboys Stadium, which is the largest domed stadium in the world and home to the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys. Also nearby is the Fort Worth Zoo, the Dallas Zoo, various art museums, clubs, restaurants, and endless nightlife entertainment options.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1890, the University of North Texas (UNT) is a public research university which offers 221 degree programs and having over 38,000 students, it is one of the largest universities in Texas. UNT is comprised of 11 colleges and schools offering 101 bachelor’s, 82 master’s and 38 doctoral degree programs, many nationally recognized. UNT’s more than 2,500 international students represent more than 121 countries around the world. The university has been listed as one of America’s most affordable colleges for 14 consecutive years. UNT has excellent facilities which are available to IELI students including 24 hour internet access, the student health center, many sports facilities and safe, comfortable and affordable housing options. UNT offers many nationally recognized academic programs including majors in engineering, business, music, education and design. Taking pride in its outstanding faculty, high academic standards, low tuition costs and diverse student body, UNT provides abundant opportunities for international students to discover the power of ideas.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • The University of North Texas offers conditional admission through the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) and waives the TOEFL requirement for IELI graduates to many undergraduate and graduate programs. To be eligible, students must possess an academic record which qualifies them for admission to the university and must complete Level 6 of the IELI program or provide additional proof of acceptable English language proficiency.
  • Study Options
    • Academic English

    • Overview
    • The IELI English Language Program offers five 8-week sessions year-round. Students can choose to begin their classes either in the fall, spring or summer. Students enrolled in IELI receive 23 hours of classroom instruction each week. Class instruction includes 20 hours of core classes (Including 10 hours of communication and 10 hours of writing) and 3 hours of speaking/lab classes.

      The Intensive English Program offers 7 levels of English classes, from beginning to advanced. Upon their arrival at the IELI, students take a placement test on the first day of orientation which will place the student in the appropriate level. The placement test includes listening, reading, grammar and composition.

      The IELI’s Intensive English Program curriculum is primarily designed to academically prepare students who plan to enter an undergraduate or graduate degree program at the University of North Texas or another American college or university. Students will receive challenging instruction focused on improving reading, listening, speaking, pronunciation, vocabulary, critical thinking and test-taking skills. Emphasis is placed on developing each student’s overall communication abilities while increasing their confidence in using English to convey information as well as expressing original ideas. Individualized support is also given to students as each teacher schedules two hours outside of class each week for additional tutoring and help for students.

      Class sizes generally range from 11 to 14 per class. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 11-14 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 7 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8 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
      8 WEEKS:
      6/1 - 7/23

    • Costs
      US$ 75
      TUITION FEE (2021)
      8 WEEKS US$ 2,487
      16 WEEKS N/A US$ 2,300 US$ 400-900 / 8 weeks
      Airport Pickup Service
      Health Insurance
      US$ 520
      UNT fees
      US$ 618
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Housing fee does not include meals.
  • Location
    • United States Denton, Texas
    • Location
      Intensive English Language Institute
      University of North Texas

      1155 Union Circle #311067 Denton, Texas  76203-5017  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Dallas/Fort Worth Airport:

      School provides a free pick up service that brings students directly to their housing accommodations upon receiving one-week advance notice. Although travel time varies depending on where students will live, it usually takes approximately 30 minutes.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.4
      School Environment: 4.0
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.3
      Activities and Social Life: 3.9
      Accommodation: 3.8


    • There are 12 reviews for this school

    • Mustafa
      [ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Male ]
      Very Rich Experience!
      Being a student at IELI was amazing. It was a very rich experience that improved my English and put me on the track to success in my graduate study. I was taught by very good and talented instructors who made the language fun to study and who have become friends of mine. IELI has helped me to improve all of my English skills. Nowadays, people in my university and in the city that I live in find it hard to believe that I was not born in the States because of the way I speak, talk, and write. Thanks IELI and thanks to all the wonderful staff.
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      [ Bangkok, Thailand, Male ]
      I'm a full time PhD student at UNT
      Before I came to the US, I had never spoken English in daily life except in English class in school about 20 years ago. I started in Level 2 Writing and Level 3 Communication. Now, I'm a full time PhD student at UNT. I'm also working a part time job in the IELI Computer Lab as a lab assistant. I think I couldn't have studied at UNT or in the USA without studying at IELI first. Studying English is very hard, but as international students, we have to do it! I would suggest to IELI students that they manage their time not only for studying in class and doing homework but also for relaxing, having fun, and hanging out with friends sometimes. When IELI students have troubles, my advice is "Go talk to your teacher!"
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      [ Bangkok, Thailand, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      IELI instructors and staff members are professional
      Graduating from Graduated Preparation Course (GPC) has made my life a lot easier in graduate school in the USA.
      Not only presentation skills but also academic writing skills and analytical skills are adequately taught in GPC. The anxiety and the difficulty in my MBA classes, as a result, have been reduced. It was worth it to spend my time and money in this intensive English class before I started my first semester at UNT. IELI instructors and staff members are professional. They are willing to help every international student at IELI to be ready for their future. IELI is incredible. Making friends, learning different cultures, improving English skills, and preparing for university-level classes in the USA are what every student will obtain from IELI.
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      Xiao (Fanny)
      [ Shanghai, China, Female ]
      Knowledgeable Instructors
      The Intensive English Language Institute is an ideal English learning program for international students.
      The high quality of the academic system and the are the major factors that make IELI one of the best English learning institutes nation-wide. IELI not only taught me useful language skills, but also it helped me with acclimation. There are many and various opportunities and activities provided to help students learn different cultures and adjust well to American life. It's been life changing, and I truly appreciate the education from IELI.
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      [ Ankara, Turkey, Male ]
      Learn Academic English Very Well
      The University of North Texas is one of the biggest public universities in Texas, and the Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) is one of the integral parts that has increased UNT's exposure around the world.
      At IELI, international students not only learn academic English very well, but also they start experiencing a typical American college life. It is an opportunity to make lots of friends. As a former IELI student and a current IELI student assistant, I have always been proud to be a part of IELI.
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      Bich Nguyen Ngoc
      [ Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Female ]
      0 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Getting Used to the College Environment
      UNT is one of the largest public universities in the state of Texas. The IELI program especially helps international students get used to the college environment before entering their majors. I like the Mean Green spirit at UNT.
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      Min Kyung
      [ Seoul, South Korea, Female ]
      Prepared for Master's Degree
      I chose UNT because of its strong music program and famous faculty members. I am able to attend a variety of music concerts, and the cost is reasonable. During the Summer II term, I took a music research class. I had heard this class was the most challenging class that students take when studying for their Music Master's degree. However, I took the class easily because of IELI's Level 5 and 6 classes. I had already learned how to write a paper, how to search for valuable sources, and how to paraphrase sentences while studying at IELI.
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      Yun Lung
      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Male ]
      Patient Instructors
      The Intensive English Language Institute at the University of North Texas is the best English program for you. The detailed curriculum and the patient instructors provide students an excellent environment. The skills I learned at IELI have helped me a lot in my studies and research in my Master's program. The advantages of IELI cannot be portrayed in just a couple of sentences; you can only understand how good it is if you join this family.
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      [ Shanghai, China, Female ]
      Enjoyed Every Minute
      I studied in IELI for 10 months, and I loved it very much. All of the teachers were nice and patient, and I enjoyed every minute. The most important thing that helped me to graduate successfully was the IELI lab. The listening and reading materials were really helpful. Honestly, studying in IELI helped me improve my listening, speaking, reading and writing a lot.

      IELI provides lots of activities that give you a great opportunity to have fun and practice English.
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      [ Beijing, China, Male ]
      Good Place to Learn
      Since I started my classes in IELI, the lab has given me a lot of help. Students can get any English materials they want here. They can review their class content, prepare for their tests, and even find some English fun by checking out free DVDs. IELI is a good place to learn English as long as you have a try.
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      [ Mexico City, Mexico, Female ]
      Learning Through Their Teaching
      I started in Level 0 Writing and Level 1 Communication. All my teachers are excellent in their job. I am very happy because I am learning through their teaching. This school has an excellent team. Thanks everyone!
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