Intensive English Program

Since 1974, the University of San Francisco has offered programs in English as a Second Language (ESL) for non-native speakers of English. Individuals study in the IEP to improve their language skills for academic, professional, or personal reasons.

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a non-credit, non-degree program for individuals who wish to study English-only at the University of San Francisco. Admission to the IEP is open to individuals who are 18 years of age or older and/or have completed their secondary school education. The IEP offers courses at the intermediate and advanced levels. Admission to the IEP is separate from degree admission to the University of San Francisco and does not guarantee admission at a later time. Click here to apply to the IEP.

The Intensive English Program at the University of San Francisco is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP).

Features of the IEP include:

  • Two six-week sessions during the summer.
  • 25 hours of instruction per week
  • Courses focusing on Integrated Skills (academic reading, writing, and grammar) and Oral Communication Skills (listening, speaking, fluency, and pronunciation in academic and conversational situations) 
  • Courses offered at the intermediate and advanced levels
  • TOEFL preparation workshops
  • Small class size (15 students on average)

 Special Programs: The Intensive English Program can design programs for groups of 10 or more upon request.