Intensive English Program

NOTICE: The Intensive English Program (IEP) is currently NOT operational. For more information about the continuation of this program, please email International Student Services at

The Intensive English Program (IEP) at UW Oshkosh offers a comprehensive curriculum focused on preparing international and domestic (non-native English-speaking) students in Academic English for study at the undergraduate or graduate level.

You may choose to

  • Enter UW Oshkosh through the IEP, and then complete your degree at UW Oshkosh;
  • Study English at UW Oshkosh before attending classes at UW Oshkosh as an exchange or visiting student;
  • Study English at UW Oshkosh before entering another U.S. university or an English-taught program in your home country.

Build the English skills you need to succeed in a variety of programs and careers.


International Student Services
Dempsey Hall, Room 201 
+1 (920) 424-2283



Students will be involved with an 18 hour per week student-centered learning environment along with six to eight other students. 

English Language Skills
Grammar, writing, reading and oral communication

Academic Skills
Process writing, listening to lectures and note-taking, presentations and group work, research, reading strategies and critical thinking

Intercultural and Communication Skills
Interaction with other international students and Americans, analysis of American life and cultures, use of campus and community resource, and language skill practice in cultural and academic situations, including slang, nonverbal communication and classroom discussion.

Study Skills
Organization, time management, teamwork and self-assessment

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Students should anticipate a challenging yet realistic workload. IEP teachers attempt to make learning fun while preparing you for the demands of university life in the United States.

The IEP offers:

  • Integrated English skills development at multiple levels;
  • Experienced classroom instructors with advanced degrees in TESOL or a related field;
  • U.S. university student conversation partners;
  • Tutoring, at no additional cost, with the English Language Tutor;
  • Additional support, at no additional cost, through the Writing Center;
  • Fully-equipped classrooms, with whiteboards, computers, projectors and wireless internet;
  • Full access to university facilities and services, including the Recreation Center, library, computer labs, sports facilities, etc.
  • Conditional admission to UW Oshkosh prior to entry into the IEP for eligible applicants;
  • Easy transition for conditionally admitted, exchange and visiting students from IEP to university coursework following successful IEP completion;
  • Integrated living arrangements, with housing in the university residence halls (dormitories) 
  • A quiet, user-friendly campus in beautiful Wisconsin.
Placement and Advancement

Students take two formal placement tests, including the UW System English Placement Test, during orientation week to determine which level of instruction best meets their needs.  Initial English placement testing examines grammar, vocabulary, speaking, reading, listening, and composition skills. 

Decisions regarding advancement within the program for continuing students are made by the program coordinator based on student performance and instructor recommendations.

Once placed at an appropriate level, students are expected to attend classes and complete assignments. Those who fail to maintain satisfactory progress may be asked to withdraw from the program.

Students attend classes daily to develop and ensure steady improvement in their language skills. Because absence from class may slow down this process, any student missing more than ten percent of the scheduled classes is placed on probation, and his or her sponsor is notified.  Individualized counseling with the student is arranged to address attendance issues. Serious attendance problems may result in dismissal from the program.

Conditional University Admissions

Undergraduate applicants who meet all admissions criteria except minimum language requirements may be conditionally admitted to the University. (These students will be admitted to UW Oshkosh on the condition that they raise their English proficiency level to the minimum required by UW Oshkosh.)

After raising their English proficiency score to the minimum required for university admission, conditionally admitted students matriculate (transition from the Intensive English Program to full admission and regular university courses) without re-applying for admission to UW Oshkosh.

Conditionally admitted students may raise their English proficiency score by completing the UW Oshkosh Intensive English Program, by completing another pre-approved English language program, or by re-testing with the TOEFL or IELTS. 

IEP Admission for Exchange and Visiting Students

Exchange and Visiting students may apply for admission to the IEP for the semester prior to their first semester of regular university studies. The IEP is not included in exchange agreements and standard IEP fees apply.

Partners may send exchange or visiting students for a summer or semester of IEP followed by one or two semesters of exchange.


UW Oshkosh is dedicated to your success. Scholarships are gifts of money that do not need to be repaid, provided the enrollment period is completed.

Many scholarships require the student to find and apply independently. We’ve compiled a list of resources that you should look into for more funding options.

UW Oshkosh International Student Scholarships

Bachelor’s students who will complete a full degree at UW Oshkosh, who demonstrate a commitment to their own educational development, and who commit to using their education and skills to contribute to their community may be eligible for the UW Oshkosh International Student Scholarship. Scholarships range from $1,875 – $7,500 dollars per year based on full-time enrollment.

Application Documents


Eligibility to apply: The following non-resident students are eligible to apply:

  • An applicant for F-1 or J-1 status (outside the U.S.)
  • A student in F-1 or J-1 status
  • A citizen of the U.S. who’s legal residence is outside the U.S.
  • Applicants for political asylum will be considered for a non resident tuition remission on a case-by-case basis.

Eligibility to receive a Scholarship: Clearly demonstrated financial need

Application Deadline: The application must either be submitted prior to admission or must be submitted when applying to UW Oshkosh for your Immigration Document needed to apply for a U.S. visa.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Continuing students are only eligible to submit a new or adjusted Scholarship Application if they can provide written evidence that their financial situation/their sponsors financial situation has changed significantly. In addition applicants have to prove that this change was “unforeseeable” and “beyond the applicants and/or the sponsors control”.

To apply: Submit application documents to .

External Scholarships

UW Oshkosh Scholarships

UW Oshkosh has a searchable scholarship database that features scholarships for everyone.

Only students who are admitted into UWO can apply for them. Adhere to application deadlines to ensure consideration. 


We’re happy that you are considering applying to UW Oshkosh!  If you have any questions as you go through the application process, please contact the international admissions counselor at or at +1-920-424-2278. All applications will be submitted on the International Admissions website.


All applicants must:

  • be 18 years old or older;
  • have a high school or secondary school diploma; and
  • have significant prior English language learning experience.


Applicants can affirm English language abilities using a combination of the following. All test scores shown are minimums. UW Oshkosh also reviews test sub-scores; meeting minimums listed below is not a guarantee of placement.


Minimum Score or
Minimum Completion Level

ELS Centers 4

 PLUS one or more of the following:

  • Recommendation from a pre-approved English Language Institute;
  • Recommendation from a UW Oshkosh partner agency;
  • Written recommendation from an English language teacher, professor or employer who can address the applicant’s English language abilities and challenges;
  • Phone conversation, in English, with an English language teacher, professor or employer who can speak to the applicant’s English language abilities and challenges;
  • Phone conversation, in English, with the applicant; and/or
  • Written statement from the applicant with a focus on motivation (Why learn English?).

IEP applicants who exceed the minimum criteria may be able to move from the IEP to degree-seeking status within one semester.  IEP applicants who meet the minimum criteria for admission to the IEP are not likely to move from the IEP to degree-seeking status within one semester.



UW Oshkosh evaluates applications as they are received. Applications will continue to be evaluated until slots for their incoming class are filled.

Applicants who have not submitted all required application documents in time to schedule a visa appointment may continue their application for the next semester.


International Student Services
Dempsey Hall, Room 201

+1 (920) 424-2283