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    Application Deadline
  • 4 months
The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a year-round, on-campus academic program designed to ensure that international students acquire the English-language and university-level learning skills needed for success in the undergraduate or graduate-degree programs of their choice at California State University Northridge or any other American college or university.


CSUN's widely recognized Intensive English Program provides an authentic university experience with on-campus classes, small class sizes (typically 15 to 20 students), and state-of-the-art language laboratories.

The IEP offered by California State University Northridge not only prepares students for academic success through its well-structured curriculum and highly qualified instructors but also offers the following benefits:
  • Conditional (pre-approved) admission to CSUN programs prior to students meeting the English-language proficiency admission requirements of those institutions;
  • Preparation for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examinations;
  • TOEFL waivers, which enable IEP students who have "pre-approved conditional admission" status and have completed the IEP's University Bridge Program Level A (undergraduate) or Level B (graduate) with a minimum cumulative grade-point-average (GPA) of 3.0 to enter approved degree programs of their choice at CSUN – or a partnering institution – without taking the TOEFL;
  • After-class tutoring and activity classes, free of charge; and –
  • For students enrolled in Academic Skills 3 or higher – the option of substituting university-credit courses for one or more IEP classes. This feature enables eligible students to begin working on their undergraduate or graduate degrees at CSUN while still enrolled in the IEP.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 4 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

IEP Courses

The Intensive English Program is designed to assist non-native speakers of English in improving their academic English-language skills. Students are required to attend 20 hours of instruction per week. Core 1 and 2 classes provide instruction in all language skill areas: reading, writing, speaking, listening, public speaking and presentation, and academic research and writing (15 hours per week). Core 3 Courses are offered in areas such as TOEFL and IELTS Preparation, Grammar, Conversation, and Vocabulary. (5 hours per week)

IEP Instructional Levels

IEP instructional levels: Foundation level, Academic Skills levels 1 - 5, University Bridge.Based on the results of the placement exam students take when they enter the Intensive English Program, students may begin their studies in one of the following IEP levels:

  • Foundation (beginning) – for students who need to build basic English-language skills
  • Academic Skills (intermediate) – core skills for university-study preparation
  • University Bridge (advanced) – transitional courses from the IEP to the university and for students who plan to receive a TOEFL waiver* for undergraduate and graduate studies

Taking University Classes (TUC): Students enrolled in Academic Skills level 3 or higher who are academically eligible may substitute university credit courses for one or more IEP courses. This feature allows students to begin working on their undergraduate or graduate degrees at CSUN while they are enrolled in IEP.

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

Applicant MUST have ALL of the following satisfied before the application will be processed and a Form I-20 will be issued for the Intensive English Program (IEP):
  • Program Application Fee is received at the time of the online application. This fee is non-refundable.
  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program.
  • All required documents are submitted at the time of the online application.
  • Program Tuition for the FIRST TERM is received in FULL and successfully posted on the student’s account.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3245 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3245 USD for the full programme and a duration of 4 months.
  • National Applies to you

    3245 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3245 USD for the full programme and a duration of 4 months.
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  • tuition fee starts from $3,245

Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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