NC State
Intensive English Program

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Q1:  How long does it take for me to complete the IEP?

A1:  It will depend on the result of the placement exam, but generally students spend one to three semesters in the program.

Q2:  When is the placement exam?  What do I study for it?

A2:  The placement exam is given on campus several days before classes begin. There is no set way to study for our placement test, however, students have found that the more they surround themselves with the English language, the more comfortable they are when taking the placement test.

Some suggestions include:
a. Read on any topic of interest to YOU; read as much as you can – magazine articles, newspapers, novels
b. Watch English language TV – the international news, American TV shows IN ENGLISH, movies, etc.
c. Listen to podcasts in English

Q3:  If I am accepted to the IEP, does that mean that I will be accepted to the undergraduate program at NC State?

A3:  Admission to the Intensive English Program is separate from degree admission to NC State and does not guarantee admission to degree programs. Students should apply directly to Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions for admission to degree programs.

Q4:  Do you issue the I-20 for the Intensive English Program?

A5:  Yes. If you are admitted to the IEP, NC State will issue your I-20 and mail it to you.

Q5:  I am under 18. Can I still apply to your program?

A5:  You must reach the age of 18 during your first semester with the IEP. Students under the age of 18 must have written parental permission to attend the IEP.

Q6: Can I be a part-time student at IEP?

A6:  Not at the present time, but we are working on this option for the future. Right now, IEP students must attend all classes that are offered each semester. In general, classes are held between 23 and 25 hours per week.

Q7: Is conditional admission offered for graduate students?

A7:  Not at the present time.  However, students interested in attending graduate school may find it very beneficial to attend the IEP first to ensure that they have the academic English necessary for future graduate study.

Q8:  As a conditionally admitted student, if I provide NC State with a new TOEFL or IELTS score that meets the direct admissions requirement, do I still need to complete the IEP? 

A8:  Yes, you must still complete the IEP. Once a student accepts the offer of conditional admission to NC State, he/she has made an agreement with the University and the Office of Admissions to fulfill the conditions of admission.

A submission of a new TOEFL or IELTS score will not necessarily exempt conditionally admitted students from completing the IEP. While a higher score on a standardized test does indicate improved proficiency, student performance in an English language program is a better indicator over time of how successfully students are actually able to use their English language skills.

Q9: If I do not complete the IEP, can I submit a new TOEFL/IELTS score and reapply for admission to NC State?

A9:  Yes, you can; however, you should be aware of several important issues.

1) Your new application will be reviewed, and your progress in the IEP will be carefully examined. If your academic performance in the IEP is not strong, this may reflect negatively on your entire application.

2) There is no guarantee that those students who previously received an offer of conditional admission will receive a letter of direct admission by submitting this new application.

Q10: After I complete the IEP, can I go home for six months or more before starting my undergraduate classes? 

A10:  Conditionally admitted students who complete the IEP are expected to matriculate into their degree programs within one semester of passing level 6. If you are away for more than one semester, you will be expected to reapply for admission with a new TOEFL/IELTS score. This is because language proficiency is lost if not actively used.

Q11:  If I receive an offer of conditional admission for Fall 2016, can I come to the IEP early, either in Spring or Summer, to fulfill my English requirement?

A11:  No, you may not.  An offer of conditional admission is valid beginning the semester indicated on the offer letter.  Students may not come to the IEP early, even as an IEP-only student.


Q12:   I’m thinking about applying to NC State, but am not sure.  Should I apply as an IEP-only student or as an undergraduate student?

A12:   It is recommended that you apply as an undergraduate student if you are considering attending NC State during your stay in the United States.   Receiving an offer of conditional admission saves a spot for you in your major at NC State.  If you apply as an IEP only student and later apply to NC State, there might not be any spaces for you in your undergraduate class, even if you are an excellent student.

Q13:    What is the relationship between organizations such as New Mind and the Global Education Institute and the NC State Intensive English Program?

A13:   New Mind and the Global Education Institute are private organizations that provide OPTIONAL supplementary services for NC State IEP students IF DESIRED for an extra fee.  These additional services may include extra advising, assistance with housing, special activities, special workshops, and leadership classes.  It is not necessary to join any of these programs in order to be accepted to the IEP as either an IEP-only student (no offer of conditional admission) or as a conditionally-admitted student.  For more information about New Mind please visit their website. For more information about the Global Education Institute, please visit their website