Intensive English Program

Intensive English Program

About Northwood's Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program (IEP) at Northwood University is a full-time English language program for degree seeking and non degree-seeking students. Students will improve their English language skills, as well as gain knowledge of American culture and the American university classroom.

Why Study in the IEP?

In the IEP, we help you build your academic and social English in a very short period of time. Our IEP is a full-time program (20 hours a week of study) to help students who are here to focus on their language studies. We help students raise their English level so they are ready to enter our BBA and MBA programs.

Our goal is to raise your English level as quickly as possible but also to help you adjust to life in the USA. Our program is a full-time academic program, and it is also a lot of fun!

We have events on campus and around Michigan, USA. Events may include NBA games, visits to museums and shopping malls and BBQ with other students. You will get a chance to practice your English with other international students and other Northwood University students.

How Long Will I Study in the IEP?

When you first come to Northwood University, you will be given an English Language Placement Test. You will be placed in one of our six levels. Your starting level will determine how long it will take you to complete the program. Each level takes one semester or summer session to complete.

Students who successfully complete Level 5: Advanced will be eligible for transfer into our BBA program.

  • Level 1: Pre-Elementary
  • Level 2: Elementary
  • Level 3: Intermediate
  • Level 4: Pre-Advanced
  • Level 5: Advanced

We also have a Level 6: Graduate level which helps prepare students to raise their English level even higher.

Graduate programs require higher language scores for entry into their programs. This level is specifically designed for students who are focusing on developing their academic and social English towards our MBA Program. Emphasis is put on the skills you will need to succeed in our MBA program, such as case-study analysis, project-based learning and group work.

Students wishing to enter our BBA or MBA programs can also demonstrate sufficient English by achieving the required test score on at least one approved language proficiency exam/test. The TOEFL test is administered at the end of each semester in the IEP, so students can always move directly into their degree programs by achieving the required scores.

See Northwood University’s official Language Proficiency Policy for details.

What Will I Study?

Students receive 20 hours of classroom instruction in our five-week fall and spring semesters.
Students receive 25 hours of classroom instruction in the condensed 12-week summer semester.

At every level, students will study in four classes: Speaking/Listening, Reading/Vocabulary, Writing and Grammar.

We build both your academic and social English, so you will be ready to make the next step in your academic career.

The IEP also has Language Lab tutoring, conversation partners, the Rosetta Stone language program and TOEFL preparation.

All of our instructors are experienced ESL professionals and have their MA in TESOL, Linguistics or a closely related field.

How Do I Apply?

You can apply online and contact our International Admission Team for help:

Mr. Jeremiah Lee, Director of Intensive English Program:

Mr. Vince Milam, Director of International Admissions:

Mr. Chuck Noble, International Admissions Representative:

Ms. Rachel Hahn, International New Student Coordinator:

We will work with you step-by-step to help you apply.

Short-Term Programs

The IEP also conducts special short-term programs, usually during the summer months, for groups who seek a program that combines language improvement, cultural engagement and field trips. Programs are designed to fit the cultural and educational needs of participants and can be tailored to your group.

For more information, please contact Mr. Jeremiah Lee, Director of Intensive English Program, at

Dates and Costs of Intensive English Program

Fall 2016 (August 29–December 18, 2016)
15 weeks – 20 contact hours/week
Tuition $6,250
Books $0 – included in tuition
Student Fees $635
Medical Insurance $1,149 (August 1-July 31)
Parking Permit $25 (only for students with cars)
Room** $2,575 (standard housing)
Board** $2,365 (standard meal plan)

**Costs are approximate and may change without notice. Please contact Housing Department for updated information.



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