• Application Deadline
  • 3 months
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Learn skills and strategies that will help you improve your IELTS and TOEFL scores. At all levels of the Intensive ESL program at the University of California Irvine (UCI), develop skills that are not only vital for success on the iBT TOEFL and IELTS, but also essential in your real-life use of English for your future.


  • Experience a program trusted for more than 40 years to support you in achieving your academic, career, and personal goals
  • Learn with dedicated, highly-trained teachers with an average of over 10 years of teaching experience who are committed to maintaining the highest standards of student achievement
  • Attend small classes – usually about 16 students
  • Benefit from engaging, interactive classes with a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes authentic language use in academic, business, and social contexts. Information about course levels and proficiency scales can be viewed here.
  • Advance your skills in upper-level elective classes in topics such as idioms, advanced pronunciation, advanced conversation, business English, advanced vocabulary, advanced grammar, and iBT and IELTS preparation
  • Practice your English and learn about campus life with a UCI undergraduate friend through conversation lunch hour held twice a week
  • Learn using state-of-the-art technology and methodologies
  • Prepare to score higher on the TOEFL and IELTS tests


The program is CEA-accredited.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 3 months
    • Duration description
      • 10 weeks
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Topics include:

  • Idioms
  • Advanced pronunciation
  • Advanced conversation
  • Business English
  • Advanced vocabulary
  • Advanced grammar
  • iBT and IELTS preparation

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Available to students 17 years and older at all levels of English proficiency
  • To attend this program full-time, you are required to obtain a student visa (F-1)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4500 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
  • National

    4500 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4500 USD for the full programme and a duration of 3 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Approximate total cost: $9,900 USD excludes airfare

Living costs for Irvine

  • 1560 - 2590 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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