Intensive English Program at UW–Milwaukee


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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:  Full-time IEP (conditionally admitted) students, and half-time IEP (dually admitted) students  who successfully demonstrate their ability to meet the learning outcomes of the highest IEP level (B2) will be considered to have met the English proficiency requirement for admission to undergraduate study.  No standardized test score (IELTS or TOEFL) is required.

Mission Statement

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: 1) to improve English proficiency in listening, reading, writing and speaking skills; 2) to interact with English speakers in everyday and professional situations; and 3) to gain an awareness of the culture of American university life. The IEP also provides language instruction to students whose goal is to improve their English for other professional or personal endeavors.

The IEP is committed to maintaining a professional teaching and administrative staff and to following ethical standards in all areas of the profession. The IEP is also dedicated to establishing supportive teacher-student relationships, to fostering an atmosphere of openness among cultures, and to collaborating with the UWM community to serve international students.

Intensive English Program Outcomes

Students successfully completing the highest level (B2) of the IEP can:

  • read lengthy, complex texts with a large degree of independence, using a broad active reading vocabulary in all but low frequency words and idioms, adapting style and speed of reading to different texts and purposes, and using appropriate reference sources selectively.
  • use the language fluently, accurately and effectively on a wide range of general, academic, vocational or leisure topics, marking clearly the relationships between ideas.

  • communicate spontaneously with good grammatical control, minimally restricting what they want to say, and adopting a level of formality appropriate to the circumstances.

  • understand spoken language, live or broadcast, on both familiar and unfamiliar topics normally encountered in personal, social, academic or vocational life with comprehension difficulty arising only from extreme background noise, inadequate discourse structure and/or idiomatic usage.

  • write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects related to their fields of interest, synthesizing and evaluating information and arguments from a number of sources.

  • give clear, systematically developed, detailed descriptions and presentations on complex subjects, while integrating sub-themes, developing particular points, adding relevant supporting detail and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion.

More information can be found in the IEP curricular guide here.