The IEI's Intensive English Program is a 20-hour-per-week academic program designed for students who want to develop skills they will need in undergraduate and graduate programs in US universities and students who want to build English skills for their professional career. Learn more about the mission of the IEI.

The IEI Office will be closed November 24-28, 2014. If you need immediate assistance, please email the IEI at: or call 217.333.6598


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Spring 2015

Summer 2015

  • Accepting applications now!
  • Registration is June 8, 2015
  • Classes begin - June 15, 2015

Fall 2015

  • Accepting applications now!
  • Registration is August 19-20, 2015
  • Classes begin - September 1, 2015

Be an American Conversation Partner!

Would you like to help international students practice their English and learn about American culture? Volunteer with the ConvoPartners program, and you will meet new people and learn about other countries and cultures. (More information...)

IEI Blog

What's making news at the IEI? Find out here.

English as a Second Language Class for Visiting Scholars and Postdocs

The Intensive English Institute will offer an English class for international visiting scholars and postdocs. Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00pm to 3:50pm, March 3 through May 5. Late arrivals are welcome; enrollment is limited. Registration fee is $290. To apply, go to this link: For further information, view this file, or contact the instructor, Dr. Sue Ingels,

Professional Membership


The Intensive English Institute is a member of the University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP).


The Intensive English Institute is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP).

Upcoming Events

Chit Chat
4/2/2015, 5:00 pm

Come help our Intensive English Institute students learn the art of chit chat! We will provide conversation topics, but you can chat about anything. All are welcome and invited. 

Movie Outing

Meet at Union

   Go to a movie theater to watch film in theaters! Bring money to buy movie ticket and snacks such as popcorn and drinks if desired. 

IEI Volunteering: Times Center
4/4/2015, 10:30 am

Meet at Illini Union at 10:30am to join us to volunteer at the Times Center, a homeless shelter in town. We will be serving lunch there and cleaning the kitchen area afterwards. All are welcome to join. 

Travel Around the World
4/8/2015, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Engineering Quad (across Green St. from Illini Union)

International Student and Scholar Services and the Intensive English Institute present the 4th annual Travel Around the World (TAtW) event! TAtW is an interactive experience that promotes cultural awarness and understanding.  “Travelers" will collect stamps and information from each "cultural destination” (booths set up by campus cultural organizations), as well as enjoy music and food samples from all around the world.  Use the stamps you collect to receive a t-shirt and enter the raffle drawing.  

IEI Students: Contact Natalie if you'd like to participate as a volunteer!

IEI Cooking Show/Recipe Contest
4/10/2015, 5:30 pm

ARC Kitchen

2nd Annual International Masquerade Ball
4/11/2015, 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

University YMCA Latzer Hall

Join the Intensive English Institute for the 2nd Annual International Masquerade Ball. Bring a mask, wear your fancy clothes, and come dance the night away! 

Sponsored in conjunction with Illinois International Week (April 6-12th, 2015). 

All are invited to attend this free event.

IEI Spelling Bee

join us for IEI's first spelling bee! We will post details as soon as they become available. 

IEI Final Reception
5/6/2015, 7:30 pm

Illini Union Ballroom

Please arrive at 7pm. Ceremony will begin at 7:30pm.

Dress is business casual.

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