Intensive English Program

Students learn English together in classroom.

Intensive English Program

Study English in the U.S.A on Pensacola Florida's beautiful Emerald Coast.

In class
UWF IEP instructor working with a student.

Program Mission

The primary mission of the Intensive English Program is to prepare international students for successful study at the graduate or undergraduate level in institutions of higher learning in the

Students are taught to:

  • Read university-level materials
  • Write academic papers and take exams
  • Speak more fluently in both formal and informal settings
  • Take good, clear notes at lectures
  • Complete timed, objective tests
  • Function knowledgeably in the US culture and a university environment

The IEP also provides language instruction to individuals admitted to the University of West
Florida who wish to improve their level of English proficiency and cultural awareness in the
form of English for Non-Native Speakers (ENS) courses.

How to Apply

Program Overview & Deadlines

The Intensive English Program offers five levels of instruction, high beginning through advanced.

Students are given an Entry English Placement Test (EPT) on the first day of class, and the results are used to determine students' level placements.

Students who are stronger in one skill than another may be placed in different levels for each skill.

Advancement to the next level of instruction is based on academic performance, meeting level completion requirements, attendance, instructor recommendations, and Exit EPT results.

During most semesters, full-time students usually take twenty hours (20) per week in reading, writing, grammar, listening & speaking.

Conditional Admission To UWF

The University of West Florida grants conditional acceptance to undergraduate students who meet all the academic requirements for degree programs but do not have the English skills necessary to study in the University. To apply for conditional acceptance, students must submit an application to UWF. When the student receives admission to UWF, they will need to apply to the IEP. Students with conditional admission can transfer to UWF when they have completed the English requirement. Students have one year to complete the English requirement.

Student Testimonial

"When I came to the U.S. my English was not good. The IEP has really helped me with my reading, writing and grammar. The activities with the Cultural Ambassadors have been fun, and they have helped me with speaking." –Mohammed, Saudi Arabia


The IEP at the University of West Florida is located in Pensacola. Pensacola is a port city of approximately 300,000 on the Gulf of Mexico. It has 343 days of sunshine a year, and 20 miles of white-sand beaches. There is lots of nightlife, outdoor activities, concerts, plays, and other recreational activities.