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.


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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Spring 2018 Dates & Deadlines
Event Dates Important Information
Deadline for
Health Insurance Waivers
December 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 Spring 2018 student insurance plan before classes start.

You can purchase the UWF Spring 2018 insurance by enrolling at

Spring 2018 New InternationalStudent Orientation                                                                                                    

January 4

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

This is a 1-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.

English Placement
January 5

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.

Immunization Status
January 5

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.

Deadline for
purchasing books
January 7
All IEP students must purchase their books from the UWF Bookstore located at the University Commons.
Deadline for purchasing UWF Insurance Monday
January 8

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 Monday
January 8

Time: 8:00am
LocationBuilding 71 - International Center

Deadline for
paying tuition
January 14
IEP students with unpaid tuition will not be allowed to attend classes after this day. 

A $100 late fee will be added to student accounts after this date.
Holiday - Martin Luther King Jr. Monday
January 15
No Classes!
(Most UWF Offices will be closed.)
Deadline - Immigration Check In Friday
January 19

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

Before doing this, you must Contact and Privacy Info to show your local US address and active U.S. phone number

(Instructions for updating your Contact and Privacy Info.)

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

Midterm Exams

Thursday March 1

Friday March 2

Midterm Exams
Spring Break  Monday March 12
Friday March 16
No Classes! 
Final Testing

April 23

Tuesday April 24

Wednesday April 25

Final Testing
IEP Certificate Ceremony Friday April 27 IEP Certificate Ceremony
Deadline I-20 Extensions Friday April 27 Spring 2018 students that want to take Summer or Fall 2018 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


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.