Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program (IEP) at Illinois Tech is a 12-week program designed to meet the personal, professional, and academic goals of international students. The program occurs within the university semester and consists of the following:

  • Four levels of instruction, from high-beginning to advanced
  • Core skills: Listening/speaking, reading/writing, grammar
  • Elective courses: American Culture, Pronunciation, and Test Prep
  • 18 total hours of courses per week (no credit toward degrees)
  • Classes meet daily, Monday to Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
  • An average of 15 students in a class

Students accepted to the IEP will study English, meet new people from different countries and cultures, and will experience Chicago while preparing for their academic and professional careers. Experienced full-time and part-time instructors with graduate degrees assist students in achieving their language goals.

 

Program Calendar

English Language Services accepts applications year-round for the Intensive English Program; however, there is an application deadline related to the timeframe of visa issuance.

Arrival, orientation, and placement exam dates are mandatory. You MUST plan your travel to arrive on time. If you arrive earlier, you will have to plan your own housing accommodations until housing is available. If you will be late, please inform us immediately; in most cases, we will ask you to defer coming until the next semester.

Fall 2020 Important Dates 

Application Deadline: July 17, 2020
Arrival Date(s): Aug. 15–16, 2020
New Student Orientation: August 17–21, 2020
Continuing Student Orientation: August 19–21, 2020
Program Course Dates: August 24–December 5, 2020
Breaks (no classes): October 12–16 and November 23–27, 2020*
IEP Certificate Pickup: December 8, 2020

*Breaks are subject to change.

Spring 2021 Important Dates

Application Deadline: December 20, 2021
Arrival Date(s): January 4, 2021
New Student Orientation: January 5-8, 2021
Continuing Student Orientation: January 8, 2021
Program Course Dates: January 11-April 30, 2021
Breaks (no classes): March 8-20 and April 19-23, 2021
End-of-Semester Conferences: May 4, 2021

Summer 2021 Important Dates

Application Deadline: April 20, 2021
Arrival Date(s): May 16-17, 2021
New Student Orientation: May 18-21, 2021
Continuing Student Orientation: May 21, 2021
Program Course Dates: May 24-August 13, 2021
Breaks (no classes): none
End-of-Semester Conferences: August 17, 2021


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Level 1: Introduction

This level accommodates high-beginners by introducing them to English and the United States classroom. They receive instruction and practice focused on the basic survival skills for urban and university settings. Students who complete this level will be able to recognize and function in basic societal and academic nuances.

Level 2: Skill Development

This level provides further instruction and practice to low-intermediate students in order to develop language skills to help students integrate into the U.S. and university life. By the end of this level, students will be able to participate with others with minor miscommunications.

Level 3: Proficiency and Confidence

At this level, high-intermediate students begin to advance their proficiency by building confidence in completing academic tasks in English. Students will be proficient enough in English to maneuver a university campus with little difficulty. In this level, instructors and advisors will work with students to apply to a program at Illinois Tech. Students who pass and move on to an undergraduate or graduate program will be assessed and recommended or required to take a supplemental English course while studying their major.

Level 4: Fluency in English Environments

This level accommodates advanced students needing to refine their English language abilities. Students will be successful in a wide range of English speaking environments. In this level, instructors and advisers will work with students to apply to a program at Illinois Tech.

Example Weekly Schedule

This is an example schedule and will vary depending on students' individual levels. IEP courses may be scheduled Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The schedule is based on the availability of university classrooms.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00–11:15 Possible Time for Elective Course Grammar Reading and Writing Grammar Reading and Writing
11:25–12:40    
12:50–13:40 Break Break Break Break Break
13:50–15:05   Listening and Speaking   Listening and Speaking Possible Time for Elective Course
15:15–16:30    

English Language Services students, whether they attend full or part time, are part of the university and therefore pay all fees associated with the university in addition to ELS tuition. When applying to the IEP, students need to submit the Illinois Tech English Language Services' Financial Affidavit of Support for F-1 or J-1 students to demonstrate that they or their sponsor have available finances to meet the educational and living expenses while studying at Illinois Tech.

Admitted IEP students must pay a $100 nonrefundable Application Processing Fee to cover application processing, document evaluation, processing and shipment of the I-20 (internationally or domestically), and placement exam reservation. This fee applies to both newly admitted students and students who have deferred their admission to a future semester. Payment of the fee must be received prior to creating an I-20.

Full-Time Student Tuition

The full-time student tuition includes enrollment in Listening/Speaking, Reading/Writing, Grammar, and Culture or an elective. Students will be charged $672 for additional IEP elective courses. Note that students beginning in fall are charged for the full year of health insurance and must request a refund if they do not plan to continue.

Full-Time Student Tuition $4,920
*Fees (Student Activity and Service—Fall and Spring Only) $735
Health Insurance (web.iit.edu/shwc/insurance) $883
Room and Board (Housing and Meal Plan) $6,062
Total Estimate $12,600

If any dependents (i.e. your spouse or child) will be accompanying you to the United States, they must apply for an F-2 visa. In order for Illinois Tech to issue your dependent an I-20, you must demonstrate at least an additional $4,500 per year or $375 per month for your spouse and $3,000 per year or $250 per month for each child that will accompany you to the United States.

*These figures are only estimates. Visit the Student Accounting Office website for specifics about activity fees, health insurance, and other ancillary fees. Fees are not charged during the summer term.

Part-Time Student Tuition

The part-time student course rate is $274 per billing hour.

Course Billing Hour Course Cost
IEP Listening/Speaking or Reading/Writing Courses 6 $1,644
IEP Grammar, Culture, or Elective Courses 3 $822

Students interested in the Intensive English Program (IEP) should fill out an application and begin gathering documents for the issuance of an I-20.

To be admitted to the program, students must have:

  • The equivalent of a high school diploma; a transcript or mark sheet must be provided as evidence
  • At least two years of formal English study, although more is recommended as our program is not intended for beginners

Application Process

  1. Complete and submit an application to the English Language Services. Click here to begin an application.
  2. Submit the following documents through the online application:
    • Copy of passport
    • Official transcripts or certified copies of the marks or grades of courses completed from all institutions attended including high school, college, university, or vocational school as well as any examination scores. Scanned copies will be accepted through the application, but original documents may be requested in order to complete the application. If required, original documents must be official and sealed
    • Bank statement showing enough money to pay for the anticipated number of semesters you will attend. This can be scanned first, but the original document must be sent by mail if requested
    • Illinois Tech English Language Services' Financial Affidavit of Support for F-1 or J-1 students to demonstrate that you or your sponsor have available finances to meet the educational and living expenses while you are a student at Illinois Tech
      • If you're bringing a spouse or dependent, please download the dependent request form and submit the completed form to els@iit.edu
      • Optional—Copy of the English proficiency TOEFL or IELTS score report. The TOEFL code to send your scores to Illinois Tech is 1318
        • Please note: Students will be given an English assessment upon arrival to determine their English level in listening, reading, speaking, and writing. An English Language Proficiency Assessment score such as TOEFL or IELTS may be submitted prior to arrival to help determine your level, but it is not required nor does it determine IEP placement level
  1. English Language Services will issue an Campus-Wide Identification number (CWID or A-number) for the student once all documents have been received and verified. This is the student’s official ID number for the university.
  2. English Language Services will make a decision based on your application.
  3. You will receive an email within two weeks stating whether or not you have been accepted.
  4. If accepted for the IEP, you must also pay the $100 nonrefundable Application Processing Fee.
    • The Application Processing Fee covers application processing, document evaluation, processing and shipment of the I-20 (internationally or domestically), and placement exam reservation. Payment of the fee must be received prior to creating an I-20.
    • English Conditional Students: This fee is not required for conditionally admitted students.
    • Deferrals: Students who defer more than once will need to pay the fee again before being issued a third I-20.
  5. After you have paid the Application Processing Fee, English Language Services will request the I-20 that you use to apply for an F-1 student visa. Creating the I-20 may take up to four weeks after the student is accepted. You will receive an email notification once your I-20 has been processed so that you can begin scheduling your visa interview.
  6. A package will be sent to you via UPS with the following:
    • I-20
    • Letter of Acceptance detailing the program, important dates for arrival, and further instructions

You will receive an email notification once your I-20 has been shipped. It usually takes 5–7 business days for a student to receive their I-20.

For basic information on conditional admission to undergraduate programs based on English proficiency, please visit the Conditional English Students page.

Do I need to apply for an English language school myself, or will Illinois Tech automatically send my information to them?

We highly encourage students to attend the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Illinois Institute of Technology. If you are admitted with the English condition, you will automatically be admitted to the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Illinois Tech. It is a terrific program that prepares you academically for our university, and it creates a more direct path to degree and certificate programs at Illinois Tech. 

How long will it take for me to complete my language program?

When you arrive at Illinois Tech for the Intensive English Program (IEP), you will take a placement exam to determine your level. There are four levels of the IEP that you could place into. Each level takes a semester to complete. The amount of time it takes to complete your language program will depend on your starting level of English proficiency. You could be required to take as little as one semester or as many as four semesters. For an intermediate student, the average time frame is two semesters. Please note that if you do not choose the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Illinois Tech, which is on the same semester time frame, you will have to pay close attention in enrolling at Illinois Tech in the subsequent semester.

How long is my conditional admission valid?

Your conditional admission is valid for two consecutive academic years if you choose to attend the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Illinois Tech.

Who will issue my I-20?

If you choose to attend the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Illinois Tech, you will receive an I-20 from our university specifically for the IEP. After you have completed the IEP, Illinois Tech will update your immigration record to the certificate or degree program to which you were conditionally admitted to.

Can I take courses in my desired major at Illinois Tech while I complete my English courses?

Students who are enrolled full-time in the IEP (on an F-1 student visa) cannot take major courses at Illinois Tech or any courses outside of the IEP. However, students who are enrolled in a degree-seeking program may opt to take part-time IEP courses while studying for a degree.

Do I need to pay the application processing fee?

Conditionally admitted students are not required to pay the Application Processing Fee.

I want to accept Illinois Tech’s conditional offer. What should I do now?

Because you will be automatically admitted to the Intensive English Program (IEP) per your conditional admission, you will begin receiving communication from English Language Services at Illinois Tech. To accept your admission offer to the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Illinois Tech, please follow the instructions you receive in that correspondence. You may also contact els@iit.edu for more information.

What do I do once I complete my English program?

If you choose to attend the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Illinois Tech, you will work with English Language Services and admissions to progress to your degree or certificate program of study.

When do I submit my deposit to Illinois Tech?

If you choose to attend the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Illinois Tech, you will receive communication about accepting the offer. Submission of your deposit is due at the time of entering undergraduate study upon completion of the IEP.

 

1. Fill out the intent to enroll form in your application tracker.

Please check the program calendar to ensure you are able to arrive before the orientation date and stay until the end of classes. If you cannot attend the orientation or need to leave before classes end, you will be advised to defer (wait) until the next semester.

If you are not able to attend and want to defer (wait) until the next semester, please select "I do not plan to attend Illinois Tech" in the Intent to Enroll form, then select "Yes" under "Would you like to defer?" and select the term you would like to defer to.

2. Pay the $100 nonrefundable application processing fee.

Admitted IEP students must pay a $100 nonrefundable Application Processing Fee to cover application processing, document evaluation, processing and shipment of the I-20 (internationally or domestically), and placement exam reservation. This fee applies to both newly admitted students and students who have deferred their admission more than once to a future semester. Payment of the fee must be received prior to creating an I-20.

*The application processing fee is waived for conditionally admitted undergraduate students. For more information about conditional English admission, please visit the Undergraduate Admission Conditional English Admission page.

*Students who defer more than once will need to pay the fee again before being issued a third I-20.

3. Apply for a visa.

Click here for a detailed explanation of the I-20 process.

4. Sign on/access MyIIT account.

Please sign on to the myIIT portal (http://my.iit.edu), which allows for single sign-on convenience for announcements and Illinois Tech Hawk email as well as the Blackboard Learning System by using the following credentials:

Username: [UID]

Initial Password: MMDDXXXX

If your name is incorrectly spelled, your username incorrectly spelled, or you have trouble logging into myIIT, please explain by email to supportdesk@iit.edu (include els@iit.edu for help) with your name, CWID (A#), and current username.

MM is the two-digit month you were born, DD is the two-digit date you were born, and XXXX is the last four digits of your CWID/A# as listed above. Once you sign in, you will be asked to create a new password, and you will be required to create security questions. Please remember your log-on.

5. Gather immunization documents.

According to Illinois Tech's policy and Illinois state law, you must provide proof of immunization. View immunization requirements and download the Immunization Record Form, which needs to be completed and signed by a doctor accompanied with your medical record. If you have questions about immunizations, email student.health@iit.edu (include els@iit.edu for assistance).

6. Check student email daily.

Access your Illinois Tech Hawk email by clicking on the Google Apps for Students icon at the top of the screen once logged in to myIIT. All email communication going forward will be through your Illinois Tech Hawk email. It is important that you check your Illinois Tech Hawk email daily—at minimum—for Illinois Tech communication.

7. Make your housing reservation.

Room and board is available on-campus at an extra cost; you can reserve a room MyRoom. You will use your username and password to log in. Please fill out a contract if you would like to live on-campus. If you wish to live off-campus or would like a home-stay, you should make arrangements yourself; Illinois Tech does not help find off-campus housing.

8. Book flight reservation.

Book your flight to Chicago after your visa has been approved. You may fly into O'Hare International Airport (ORD) or Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW). Visit flychicago.com for more information about the airport. There is not a set arrival time or transportation pick-up.

9. Email flight itinerary.

Once you have your flight booked, please email your itinerary to els@iit.edu from your Illinois Tech Hawk email account.

10. Join us on social media.

Follow our IEP on social media: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter / Weibo

11. Arrive for orientation.

Arrival, orientation, and placement exam dates are mandatory. You must plan your travel to arrive on time. Please check the program calendar to ensure that you will arrive in time to attend the orientation. If you arrive earlier, you will have to plan your own housing accomodations until housing is available. If you will be late, please inform us immediately; in most cases, we will ask you to defer coming until the next semester. During the orientation, we will help get you started at Illinois Tech with the following:

  • Welcome to the university
  • Assessment and placement
  • Registration for courses
  • Expectations of a student
  • Explanation of visa status
  • Explanation of health insurance
  • Explanation of housing and meals
  • Introduction to cultural differences
  • Navigating Chicago