Intensive English Program

Intensive English Program

Welcome to the University of West Florida's Intensive English Program (IEP). Study English in the U.S.A on Pensacola Florida's beautiful Emerald Coast.


In class
UWF IEP instructor working with a student.

Our Mission

The mission of the University of West Florida’s Intensive English Program (IEP) is to provide English as a second language instruction to foreign and domestic students seeking to improve their English skills for academic, professional, and personal development.  In conjunction with English classes, the IEP offers student support services, including cultural immersion activities, tutoring, and classes for non-native English speakers enrolled at UWF.

Overview

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

Students are given an English Placement Test (EPT) on the first day of class, and levels are decided by a committee.

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 the class performance, student’s post test score, and instructor recommendation. All students take an exit test.

Full-time students take twenty hours (20) per week in reading, writing, grammar, listening and speaking.

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Important Dates

Event Dates Important Information
Deadline for
Health Insurance Waivers
Tuesday
August 1

This is last day to submit proof that you bought your own insurance which meets our requirements by completing the insurance waiver.

If you do not do this by August 1, then you MUST purchase the Fall 2017 student insurance plan before classes start.

You can purchase the UWF Fall 2017 insurance by enrolling at www.insuranceforstudents.com/uwf.

Fall 2017 New International
Student Orientation
                                                                                                    

Monday 
August 21

Tuesday
August 22

Time: 8:15am
Location: Building 82 - UWF Center for Fine and Performing Arts 

This is a 2-day event where you will learn about studying at UWF and living in Pensacola.  You will also get your student ID card which is called a "Nautilus Card." 

All new IEP students are required to attend both days of orientation.

Deadline
Immigration
Check-In
Friday
August 25

You must perform an "Immigration Check-In" by this day.

Before doing this, you must update your local contact information to have your current U.S. phone number and address.

To perform your Immigration Check-In, take your I-20 and your passport to Building 71 - International Center.

Deadline
Immunization Status
Friday
August 25

You cannot attend class until your UWF records show that you have met the UWF Immunization Policy.

You cannot attend classes without doing this.

1) Check your records for your UWF Immunization Status.

2a) If you already had the required immunizations in your home country but your UWF records are empty then you must complete the Immunization Documentation Procedure. Your documents must include English or have a translation.

2b) If you do NOT have the immunizations then you must MUST make an appointment at Student Health Services to get your immunizations by Friday, August 25.  Bring the correct payment method to your appointment.

2c) If you do not know your immunization status then you should take the immunization test which is called "Titers." Make an appointment at Student Health Services and ask for the "Titers" test.

After 1-2 days you will be notified if you need more immunizations.

English Placement
Testing
Monday
August 28

Time: 8:00am
LocationBuilding 71 - International Center

The English Placement Test is a series of tests, exercises, and spoken interviews which help determine what level English classes you will take.

Bring your Nautilus Card.

All new IEP students are required to take the English Placement Test.

Deadline for purchasing UWF Insurance Wednesday
August 30

If you did not complete an Insurance Waiver by August 1, then you must purchase the UWF Student Insurance for Fall 2017.

You cannot attend classes without doing this.

IEP Classes Start Wednesday
August 30

Time: 9:00am
LocationBuilding 71 - International Center

Labor Day
Holiday
Monday
September 4
No Classes!
(Most UWF Offices will be closed.)
Deadline for
paying tuition
Thursday
September 7
IEP students with unpaid tuition will not be allowed to attend classes after this day. 

This includes students with scholarship or government funding if the money has not arrived at UWF.
Deadline for
purchasing books
Tuesday
September 5
All IEP students must purchase their books from the UWF Bookstore located at the University Commons.
Midterm Exams

Wednesday October 11

Thursday October 12

Midterm Exams
IEP Fall Break  Friday
October 13
No Classes! 
Veterans Day
Holiday
Friday
November 10
No Classes!
(Most UWF Offices will be closed.)
Thanksgiving Break
Holiday
Wednesday
November 22

Thursday
November 23

Friday
November 24
 No Classes!
(Most UWF Offices will be closed.)
Final Testing

Monday December 4

Tuesday December 5

Wednesday December 6

Final Testing
IEP Certificate Ceremony Friday December 8 IEP Certificate Ceremony
Deadline I-20 Extensions Wednesday
December 13
Fall 2017 students that want to take Spring 2018 IEP classes must submit all I-20 Extension documents by this day. 

 



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

Location

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.

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.

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