Length of the IEP Program
Students generally complete the program in one, two, or three semesters. For those who require more time to strengthen their language skills, the IEP will allow students to repeat each level two times for academic reasons.
- 15 weeks per semester (fall and spring semesters)
- Up to 25 hours per week (Monday through Friday)
- Optional level 5 and level 6 summer session (8-9 weeks)
IEP Attendance Policy
The majority of Intensive English Program students have clear academic goals and want to move into undergraduate degree programs at NC State. This requires dedication and hard work – and coming to class is an essential part of their success in the IEP program.
IEP students are issued an F-1 student visa for study at NC State University. As F-1 students, attendance is mandatory and monitored. The IEP attendance policy currently stands as follows:
First attempt at a level
- Students who miss more than 35 total hours in one semester (20 hours in the summer semester) will have to repeat all of their classes in the following semester.
- Students who accumulate more than 50 hours of absences in one semester (35 hours in the summer semester) will be dismissed from the Intensive English Program, and will have their I-20 terminated.
Second/Third attempt at a level
- Students who miss more than 35 total hours in one semester (20 hours in the summer semester) will be dismissed from the Intensive English Program, and will have their I-20 terminated.
Note: IEP students can repeat a level one time ONLY if they surpass the attendance requirements.
IEP Grading Policy
IEP students must reach a high level of English proficiency to be successful in undergraduate classes. Therefore, IEP policy states that students must pass each class with a grade of B (85%) or higher to move to the next level, or they must leave the program. A student can repeat each level (4,5 and 6) two times for academic reasons only to achieve a grade of B or higher. These three semesters must be consecutive(e.g. Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015). Students who fail to pass the same level after three semesters are not eligible to continue in the IEP, and their SEVIS record will be terminated. At that time, conditionally admitted students will also lose their acceptance to NC State.
Students who are offered conditional admission from the NC State Office of Undergraduate Admissions will be enrolled in a degree program after they have successfully completed IEP Level 6 with a grade of B or higher and have met all other exit criteria.