IEP students at Giants game
Three in crossroads

The Program

Since 1974, the University of San Francisco has offered the Intensive English Program (IEP) to non-native English speakers. As a non-credit, non-degree course, the IEP offers students an opportunity to study and learn English in a supportive and stimulating environment.

"During my time at USF I learned and improved my English skills and made friends from different backgrounds. It is a good place to experience an educational journey." Wu Wen, Taiwan, Summer 2011


Students study 25 hours per week and all F-1 Visa holders are required to study full-time. Courses are challenging and designed to help build academic English skills necessary for university or professional life. Educational field trips around the Bay Area are offered in order for students to experience language in authentic contexts. Learn more here.

Faculty and Staff

At USF, we pride ourselves in having quality faculty and staff.  All our ESL instructors have their master's or Ph.D.'s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or linguistics, and many have second degrees in other fields. You will find ESL instructors have taught abroad and speak additional languages. Our full-time staff have a strong background working with international students and are here to answer your questions and ensure you have an enjoyable experience.

Campus Services

Students enjoy the amenities and services of campus life, including state-of the art classrooms, computer labs, housing, access to the gym and Olympic size pool. Explore our services.

Student Activities

Each week different events and gatherings are offered both on and off campus to help build community among the students and enable to you to experience the diversity and culture of the city. Students have attended a Giant's baseball game, cruised around Alcatraz Island, visited local museums, participated in a picnic at Golden Gate Park, sipped afternoon tea on campus, and tested the expansive cuisine in San Francisco. 


Individuals 18 years of age or older can attend.