Intensive English Program at UW–Milwaukee
Join students from more than 20 countries who enroll in the UWM Intensive English Program (IEP) each semester.
Choose the IEP to:
- improve your English before beginning full time academic study at UWM or another U.S. college or university.
- improve your English for professional advancement.
- achieve your personal goal of gaining greater proficiency in English.
- meet your requirement to take ESL as an undergraduate dual student (part-time IEP).
ESL to UWM: Students who complete one semester of full-time study in IEP Level 4 (Immersion) in good standing (grade of B minus (B-, 80%) or better) meet the English proficiency requirement for admission to undergraduate study. No standardized test score (IELTS or TOEFL) is required.
The mission of the Intensive English Program (IEP) at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee is to prepare students for university study in English by assisting students:
- to improve English proficiency in listening, reading, writing and speaking skills;
- to interact with English-speakers in everyday and professional situations; and
- to gain an awareness of the culture of American university life.
The IEP also provides language instruction to students whose goals are to improve their English for other professional or personal endeavors.
The IEP is dedicated to establishing supportive teacher-student relationships and to fostering an atmosphere of openness among cultures. The IEP is committed to maintaining a professional teaching and administrative staff and to following ethical standards in all areas of the profession.
Intensive English Program Goals
Upon completion of 4 months of the most advanced level of study, Immersion, with a B- (80%) or better average, a student will:
- Be able to understand their professors and classmates both in the classroom and socially.
- Be able to read at the college level, almost at the rate of speed of native readers, and be able to comprehend at least 80% of what they read.
- Be able to participate in class discussions in understandable English, in socially acceptable ways.
- Be able to write well-organized essays, with proper spelling, punctuation, and citation of sources.
- Know what is expected of them as students in a university setting.
- Have an understanding of study skills and time management.
- Have culturally appropriate social skills for the U.S. educational environment.