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Intensive English

The Intensive English Program 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.

Classes are available at multiple levels of English proficiency.


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:

  • Small class sizes averaging six to eight students;
  • 18 hour-per-week student-centered learning environment;
  • 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) and access to the same campus cafeterias at which degree-seeking students eat;
  • A quiet, user-friendly campus in beautiful Wisconsin.

English Language Skills
Grammar, writing, reading and oral communication

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

Intercultural and Communication Skills
Interaction with other international students and Americans, analysis of American life and cultures, use of campus and community resources, language skill practice in cultural and academic situations, including the cultural meanings of nonverbal communication

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

Our Teachers

Our IEP instructors are experienced classroom teachers trained in English language teaching methods. They hold advanced degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), applied linguistics, or a related field. The instructors are committed to teaching the skills that are essential to college success. They recognize and appreciate diverse learning styles, cultural backgrounds and educational experiences.

Placement and Advancement

Students take the TOEFL itp assessment test and the UW Oshkosh 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. Students repeat these examinations again at the end of every session to assess progress.

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.

U.S. Conversation Partners

Social language skills are as important in a university setting as academic language skills, making conversation partners an integral part of the IEP curriculum at UW Oshkosh. All IEP students meet with a UW Oshkosh student from the U.S. to practice conversation in a relaxed, friendly, social environment.

Course Enrollment Advising

Students who are about to successfully complete advanced level classes in the IEP meet with an academic advisor for course enrollment assistance so they can begin planning for full-time undergraduate studies at UW Oshkosh.

Intensive English Program and University Admission
Conditional University Admission

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.

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.

Contact Us

Office of International Education
Dempsey Hall, Room 202
Phone: +1 (920) 424-0775
Fax: +1 (920) 424-0185

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