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.

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.


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.

Full-time students take twenty hours per week in reading, writing, grammar, listening and speaking. When there is enough demand, we offer a test preparation class for the either the IELTS or TOEFL.

The Intensive English Program offers five levels of instruction, high beginning through advanced. Students are given a placement test 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.


The IEP offers free tutoring to students who need additional help in any of their classes.

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.

NOTE: Students must apply for conditional admission BEFORE beginning at the IEP. Students who are studying in the IEP can not apply for conditional admission.

Deadlines For Applying For Conditional Admission

Fall 2015- June 1, 2015

Spring 2016- October 1, 2015

Summer 2016- March 1, 2016


English Requirement For Admission to UWF

Test TypeBasic ScoreListening Score
Paper-based TOEFL 550 53
Computer-based TOEFL 213 20
Internet-based TOEFL 78/80 19
IELTS 6.5 6.5

Students can also gain admission to UWF by completing the highest level of the IEP with a grade of 90% in all their classes, and passing the IEP’s exit test with a score of 78.


The official TOEFL is given on campus at the UWF Testing Centers.