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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Summer 2016 - Program Information HERE

  • Application Deadline: May 6, 2016
  • Registration & Orientation: June 6-10, 2016
  • Classes Begin: June 13, 2016

English as a Second Language Course for Visiting Scholars and Postdocs

The IEI is happy to announce the Spring 2016 ESL Course for University of Illinois Visiting Scholars and Postdocs. More information and applications here.

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.

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

Saudi Arabian culture presentation by Saudi students
2/10/2016, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Asian American Cultural Center

Chit Chat
2/11/2016, 5:00 pm

Illini Union 

IEI Chicago Trip (no IEI classes)
2/27/2016, 8:00 am - 11:55 pm

Meet near Panda Express on Green St. at 7:50am. Bus will depart at 8am. 

Check your emails for when to register for the trip. Cost is $25 per person, and anyone can go. A guided tour will be offered with interns, or you can spend the day on your own. 

Chit Chat
3/3/2016, 5:00 pm

Illini Union 

3/9/2016, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


IEI Institute Day (No IEI classes)
Spring Break
3/19/2016 - 3/27/2016

Have a great Spring Break! 

Chit Chat
3/31/2016, 5:00 pm

Illini Union 

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