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About University of Mississippi

Welcome to the Intensive English Program (IEP) at The University of Mississippi

The IEP offers academic English courses from basic to advanced levels with a curriculum designed to prepare you to interact in the English-speaking academic, social, and professional world. As part of the IEP, you will have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and participate in University organizations and activities.

Our faculty, staff, the Department of Modern Languages, and the greater Office of Global Engagement team are committed to helping you achieve your academic goals as well as providing you with an exciting international experience.

Additional Services

  • Airport/Station transfer
  • Student counselling
  • Visa support
  • Facilities for students with disabilities

Sports

  • Track and field/Athletics
  • Football/Soccer
  • Basketball
  • Tennis
  • Baseball
  • American football
  • Volleyball

Work and Further Studies

  • Student legally permitted to work / earn money during course

Activities

  • Cultural tourism (theater, museum, etc.)
  • Historical sightseeing
  • On campus events
  • University student social events
  • Professional Sports events
  • Local cultural events (festivals, etc.)

Accommodation

  • On campus

Courses

General English

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students, Medium, 6-10 students, One-to-One, Small, 2-5 students

Weekly Hours: Relaxed 10-15 hrs/wk, General 15-25 hrs/wk

Semester Program

During the Fall and Spring semesters, the Intensive English Program (IEP) offers five levels of intensive English language instruction:

Beginning
Intermediate
High Intermediate
Advanced
Advanced Plus (Bridge Program)
Each level of instruction is designed to be completed in one semester and consists of courses in four core skill areas as well as content-based courses that have been designed to meet student needs. Students at each level of instruction (except for Advanced Plus) are required to take courses in Speaking & Listening, Reading, Writing, and Grammar, as well as two to three content courses. Content-based courses include, for example, courses in American Culture, Conversation, and Pronunciation. Students at the Advanced Plus level take six courses designed to introduce them to academic work in American universities, including English for Academic Purposes, English in the Sciences, Business English, and Literature Written in English. All courses incorporate modern technologies that assist in language learning, and students have opportunities to work in a dedicated computer lab for ESL students.

A student must successfully complete one level in order to advance to the next level. Advancement is accomplished by fulfilling all course requirements (e.g. attendance, active in-class participation, and completion of graded assignments, quizzes, and tests) and by earning a sufficient score on the exit exam(s) at the end of the semester. In order for a course to count towards advancement to the next instructional level, a student must receive a letter grade of C or higher and earn a sufficient score on the exit exam(s).

For each course taken, students receive a letter grade determined by the UM standard grading system.

Depending on their course schedules, IEP students receive between 12 and 21 hours of UM credit for the successful completion of courses.

English Placement Test

During orientation, all IEP students will complete a series of assessments that will evaluate their English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar. Assessments include an oral interview, a multiple-choice test, and a written essay. Results from these assessments will determine a student’s placement in the most appropriate level of instruction. The IEP currently uses the English Placement Test (EPT) as its primary assessment tool for placement.

English Pathway Programs

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Bridge Program

Through the IEP Bridge Program, students may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement for admission to The University of Mississippi by completing 12 hours of Advanced Plus IEP coursework with a B average (3.00 semester GPA). The program is designed to be completed in one semester or two consecutive 4-week summer sessions. Advanced Plus coursework consists of four required courses.

Required Courses

1. English for Academic Purposes

Introduction to communicative practices in American universities for international students, faculty, and visiting scholars.

2. English in the Sciences

English communicative practices in the sciences and social sciences.

3. Business English

English communicative practices for international business.

4. Literature Written in English

Topics vary. Focus on English academic literacy through the study of literature from the English-speaking world.

Additional Courses

During the regular semester, students participating in the Bridge program must take two additional courses to maintain full-time status:

5. Topics in ESL

Topics vary. Focus on communicative practices, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation.

6. Topics in Intercultural Communication

Topics vary. Focus on academic literacy, cross-cultural awareness and global citizenship.

Applying to an Academic Program

To document a student’s successful participation in the IEP Bridge Program, the IEP will issue a letter verifying that a student’s transcript correctly reports the student’s grades and confirming that the student has met the English language proficiency requirement for admission to the University of Mississippi. Successful completion of the IEP Bridge Program thus replaces the need to present TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores to the University when applying to an academic program.

Tailor made English courses

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate

Class Sizes: Large, 11-20 students

Short-term & Specialized Programs

The Intensive English Program also designs and implements academic English language programs to meet the curricular needs of institutional partners and groups. A specialized program typically includes:

Specialized curricula (credit or non-credit courses)
Short term (2-8 weeks) or semester in length
Minimum of 10 participants
Flexible availability
Individual pricing
Optional cultural activities and excursions
Sample Specialized Programs:

Business & Entrepreneurship
English for Professionals
English Language Teacher Training
English in the Sciences
Language and Culture
Service Learning

English Summer Courses

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This course is for students aged: 16-70

Summer Programs

The Intensive English Program (IEP) offers 4-week summer programs of intensive English language instruction. The number and level of courses taught will depend on student placement tests.

Each 4-week program consists of content-based, integrated-skills courses that have been designed to meet student needs. Students at each level of instruction (except for Advanced Plus) are required to take two courses: Topics in ESL and Topics in Intercultural Communication. All courses incorporate modern technologies that assist in language learning, and students have opportunities to work in a dedicated computer lab for ESL students.

Students who successfully complete two consecutive 4-week programs at one level may advance to the next level of instruction the following semester. Students who successfully complete two consecutive 4-week sessions in the Bridge Program at the Advanced Plus level may matriculate into the University. Advancement is accomplished by fulfilling all course requirements (e.g. attendance, active in-class participation, and completion of graded assignments, quizzes, and tests) and by earning a sufficient score on the exit exam(s) at the end of each session. In order for a course to count towards advancement to the next instructional level, a student must receive a letter grade of C or higher and earn a sufficient score on the exit exam(s).

For each course taken, students receive a letter grade determined by the UM standard grading system.

For each 4-week session, IEP students receive 6 hours of UM credit for the successful completion of courses. IEP students may also participate in non-credit or short-term & customized programs.

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