Intensive English Program

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
USA.

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.


Summer 2018 Dates & Deadlines
Event Dates Important Information
Deadline for
Health Insurance Waivers
April 15

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, then you MUST purchase the student insurance plan before classes start.

You can purchase the UWF insurance plan by visiting Insurance For Students.

English Placement
Testing
May 11

Time: 8:30am
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 all your official travel and identification documents. Bring your Nautilus Card if you already have one.

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

Students who miss the EPT will be charged a $100 Late Testing Fee and they must make-up the test.

IEP Orientation

May 14

Time: 8:30am
Location: Building 71 - International Center 

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 "." 

All new IEP students are required to attend orientation.

IEP Classes Start May 16

Time: 8:00am
LocationBuilding 71 - International Center

Deadline
Immunization Status
May 16

You cannot attend class until your UWF records show that you have met them.

You cannot attend classes without doing this.

1) Check your records for your UWF Immunization Status.

2a) If you already had vaccinations in your home country but your UWF records are empty then you must upload your vaccination documents online. Your documents must include English or have a translation.

2b) If you never received the correct vaccines, then you MUST purchase new vaccines and upload the documentation.  You may purchase the vaccines at the UWF clinic for a modest price.

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

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

Deadline for purchasing UWF Insurance May 16

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

This is an immigration requirement for F-1 Visas. You cannot attend classes without doing this.

Tuition Deadline #1 May 20 IEP students with unpaid tuition will have a $100 late fee added to their student accounts after this date.
Deadline - Immigration Check In May 25

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.

Deadline for
purchasing books
May 25 All IEP students must purchase their books from the UWF Bookstore located at the University Commons.
Tuition Deadline #2 May 27 IEP students with unpaid tuition will not be allowed to attend classes after this day. 

Students will be marked as absent from classes until all tuition and fees are paid.
Scholarship Letter Deadline May 27 IEP students with scholarships and financial sponsors must submit their scholarship letter by this date or they will not be allowed to attend classes. 

Students will be marked as absent from classes until a letter of financial guarantee is submitted.
Memorial Day May 28 No Classes! - UWF closed
Midterm Exams

June 27

June 28

Midterm Exams
Scholarship Tuition Deadline June 29 IEP students whose scholarships and financial sponsors have not paid tuition will not be allowed to attend classes.

Students will be marked as absent from classes until all tuition and fees are paid.
Summer Break  July 2-6  Summer Break - No classes.
Final Testing

August 7-9

Final Testing
IEP Certificate Ceremony August 10 IEP Certificate Ceremony
Deadline I-20 Extensions August 13 Students that want to take classes for another semester must submit all I-20 Extension documents by this day. 
Fall 2018 Dates & Deadlines
Event Dates Important Information
Deadline for
Health Insurance Waivers
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, then you MUST purchase the student insurance plan before classes start.

You can purchase the UWF insurance plan by visiting Insurance For Students.

English Placement
Testing
August 20 - 22

Time: 8:30am
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.

Each day the students will take different parts of the EPT tests and also attend International Orientation activities.

Bring your .

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

Bring all your official travel and identification documents. Bring your Nautilus Card if you already have one.

All IEP students taking a Summer Break are required to take the Fall English Placement Test.

Students who miss the EPT will be charged a $100 Late Testing Fee and they must make-up the test.

International Student Orientation

August 20 + 21

Time: 8:30am
Location: Building 71 - International Center 

Is a series of events and activities where you will learn about studying at UWF and living in Pensacola.  You will also get your student ID card which is called a "." 

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

IEP Classes Start August 28

Time: 8:00am
LocationBuilding 71 - International Center

Deadline
Immunization Status
August 28

You cannot attend class until your UWF records show that you have met them.

You cannot attend classes without doing this.

1) Check your records for your UWF Immunization Status.

2a) If you already had vaccinations in your home country but your UWF records are empty then you must upload your vaccination documents online. Your documents must include English or have a translation.

2b) If you never received the correct vaccines, then you MUST purchase new vaccines and upload the documentation.  You may purchase the vaccines at the UWF clinic for a modest price.

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

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

Deadline for purchasing UWF Insurance September 2

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.

Tuition Deadline #1 September 2 IEP students with unpaid tuition will have a $100 late fee added to their student accounts after this date.
Deadline for purchasing books September 2 All IEP students must purchase their books from the UWF Bookstore located at the University Commons.
Labor Day September 3 No Classes! - UWF closed
Deadline - Immigration Check In September 9

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.

Tuition Deadline #2 September 9 IEP students with unpaid tuition will not be allowed to attend classes after this day. 

Students will be marked as absent from classes until all tuition and fees are paid.
Scholarship Letter Deadline September 9 IEP students with scholarships and financial sponsors must submit their scholarship letter by this date or they will not be allowed to attend classes. 

Students will be marked as absent from classes until a letter of financial guarantee is submitted.
Midterm Exams

October 9 + 10

Midterm Exams
IEP Fall Break October 11 + 12 No Classes! IEP Closed
Scholarship Tuition Deadline October 19 IEP students whose scholarships and financial sponsors have not paid tuition will not be allowed to attend classes.

Students will be marked as absent from classes until all tuition and fees are paid.
Veteran's Day November 12 No Classes! - UWF closed
Final Testing

December 7-9

Final Testing
IEP Certificate Ceremony December 7 IEP Certificate Ceremony
Deadline I-20 Extensions December 13 Students that want to take classes for another semester must submit all I-20 Extension documents by this day. 


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

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.