Fall and Spring 15-Week Program

A full-time 15-week intensive English program is offered in both the fall and spring semesters, following the University of Illinois academic calendar. Students participate in a Registration and Orientation week and 14 weeks of instruction. Students attend class four hours a day, five days a week for a total of twenty hours of class per week. Students are placed into one of six proficiency levels based on the results of the English Placement test taken during Registration and Orientation week. To provide students with maximum flexibility to choose courses which will meet their individual needs and interests, the IEI offers elective courses at levels 300-600. Elective courses are combined for levels 300-400 and 500-600. Levels with fewer than 9 students may also be combined. To see what students should be able to do by the end of the semester in their core courses, please see our achievement scale.

Due to COVID-19 and University recommendations, IEI will be offering its courses in two formats in Spring 2021. Some classes will be hybrid. A hybrid class meets partly in-person and partly online with a live Zoom class. In the in-person classes, students will wear masks and be socially distanced from the other students. Online classes will meet entirely online with live Zoom classes. In either format, full-time students will have 20 hours of live classes.

Instructional Hours

The IEI fall and spring programs are comprised of 20 hours of instruction per week, Monday–Friday. Course hours for each level are below:

Level 100 & 200 (beginner) Course Description
5 hours Reading/Writing (Everyday) 
5 hours Listening/Speaking (Everyday)
5 hours Grammar
5 hours Pronunciation
Level 300 & 400 (intermediate) Course Description
6 hours Reading/Writing (Pre-Academic)
6 hours Listening/Speaking (Pre-Academic)
4 hours Grammar
4 hours Elective
Level 500 & 600 (advanced) Course Description
6 hours Reading/Writing (Academic)
6 hours Listening/Speaking (Academic)
4 hours Elective 1
4 hours Elective 2