Intensive English Program

At a Glance

Level | Beginner to high-advanced speakers of English
Credits | Noncredit
Schedule | Monday-Friday (varies)
Phone | 612-624-1503 or 1-800-234-6564
E-mail | esl@umn.edu
Office | 20 Nicholson Hall, 216 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455

The University of Minnesota has been offering high-quality English as a Second Language (ESL) courses since 1968. Our Intensive English Program combines language skills development, experiential learning, and the use of technology to help you reach your goals.

Program Details

  • If you would like to apply to the IEP, you must be a high school graduate, at least 17 years old, and able to speak, understand, read, and write English well enough to benefit from a class taught entirely in English.
  • The program is offered every fall, spring, and summer
  • Tuition and fees vary depending on semester and whether you are enrolled full- or part-time.
  • Housing arrangements must be made by the student.
  • Check out a few Sample Schedules to see what your week might look like.

Program Benefits

  • Full-time classes (typically 25 hrs./week) at the high beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels
  • Rigorous, academically focused classes
  • Friendly, highly skilled teachers
  • Small classes
  • Advising and support services designed for international students
  • Access to the University's many resources and facilities
  • An urban campus in an attractive, medium-sized city with ample cultural and entertainment opportunities
  • Noncredit courses: University admission not required