Courses & Levels


Courses

The UGA Intensive English Program offers a variety of courses for all English language learners — general language courses, more focused reading and writing courses, and electives — at the UGA main campus in Athens and at the Gwinnett Campus.

All courses offer engaging, supportive, and rigorous instruction to help English language learners improve their second language proficiency, gain cultural knowledge and understanding, and obtain practical communication skills for everyday, academic, and professional social situations. All courses use an integrated approach to second language learning where students can learn new vocabulary and grammar while practicing their listening and speaking skills at the same time.

Our student-centered courses are designed to help students develop the English language proficiency and cultural competency they need to participate in everyday conversations, succeed in American universities and colleges, and effectively position themselves on the American job market.

All courses meet 4 days per week — Monday through Thursday. General English courses are 2 hours long (2 x 50 minutes of instruction + 10 minute break); reading and writing courses are 1.5 hours long (2 x 40 minutes of instruction + 10 minute break); electives are 1 hour long (50 minutes of instruction).

In the table below, you can see what courses are offered on a regular basis. Courses for different proficiency levels are offered in an alternating rhythm so that students can continuously progress through the IEP levels if they make sufficient progress in their English proficiency.

IMPORTANT: IEP Level 1 & 2 courses (Beginner Level) will be offered starting in Spring 2024. They will not be offered in Fall 2023.

Course IEP Level

Sessions

(Courses are offered in ...)

Course Hours

(per week)

General English Courses
English for Beginners I 1 Fall I & Spring I 8
English for Beginners II 2 Fall II & Spring II 8
English for Everyday Use I 3 Fall I & Spring I 8
English for Everyday Use II 4 Fall II & Spring II 8
English for Academic and Professional Purposes I  5 Fall I & Spring I 8
English for Academic and Professional Purposes II 6 Fall II & Spring II 8
Reading & Writing Courses
Reading & Writing for Beginners I 1 Fall I & Spring I 6
Reading & Writing for Beginners II 2 Fall II & Spring II 6
Reading & Writing for Daily Communication I 3 Fall I & Spring I 6
Reading & Writing for Daily Communication II 4 Fall II & Spring II 6
Reading & Writing for Academic and Professional Purposes I 5 Fall I & Spring I 6
Reading & Writing for Academic and Professional Purposes II 6 Fall II & Spring II 6
Electives
American Culture & Current Events I 1 Fall I & Spring I 4
American Culture & Current Events II 3 Fall I & Spring I 4
American Culture & Current Events III 5 Fall I & Spring I 4
TBD 2 Fall II & Spring II 4
TBD 4 Fall II & Spring II 4
TBD 6 Fall II & Spring II 4
July Program for Conditionally Admitted Graduate Students
English for Academic and Professional Purposes 6 Every year in July 8
Reading & Writing for Academic and Professional Purposes 6 Every year in July 8
NativeAccent® English Speech Training (software lab) 6 Every year in July 2.5
Online Course for International Visiting Scholars

Visiting Scholars Online Course

3 - 6 At any point 2

 

Full-time vs. Part-time Study

Full-time students are required to take all three courses in each fall and spring session. Part-time students can select whichever course they would like to take.

July Program for Conditionally Admitted Graduate Students

To fulfill the English Language Proficiency Requirement for International Students from UGA's Graduate School, conditionally admitted graduate students must successfully complete all three courses in the July Program. In order to participate in the July Program, students must already have a fairly high level of English proficiency (approx. CEFR level B2).

Although the July Program primarily serves future international UGA graduate students, it is open to everybody.Everybody who wants to practice their English is welcome to participate in these courses. You can select whichever of these courses you would like to take and whether you want to complete the software lab.

Online Course for International Visiting Scholars

The Visiting Scholars Online Course is not tied to a specific session and can begin at any time. This course meets 2 days a week for 50 minutes online at a time that is convenient for most scholars. To complete a whole level, scholars must take two 8-week sessions.  After scholars successfully complete a whole level (16 weeks of study), they can re-take the "J-Check." If they do not pass the interview, they must continue to take the course in 8-week steps until they successfully complete Level 3 and the interview.

 

Language Proficiency Levels

Our courses cover all language proficiency levels from Beginner to Advanced. The table below shows at what approximate level IEP courses are taught. More information can be found in the IEP Student Handbook (PDF).

IEP Level Proficiency Level

CEFR Level

(more information here)

1 Beginner A1
2 High-Beginner A2
3 Intermediate B1
4 High-Intermediate B1 - B2
5 Low-Advanced B2
6 Advanced B2 - C1
7 High-Advanced / Professional C1 - C2

 

How will I be placed in an IEP level?

You will be placed in the Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced level based on your

  • TOEFL iBT total score (more information here), or
  • IELTS band score (more information here), or
  • Duolingo English Test scores (more information here).

If you do not have TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo test scores, you must take our free online placement test. You will then be placed in the appropriate IEP level based on your IEP placement test results.

 

Textbook Information

Our program uses a variety of textbooks for different courses. For some courses, you will be required to purchase textbooks. For others, reading materials may be provided to you. Listed below are the textbooks we will use for courses in future sessions.

IMPORTANT: Please keep in mind that you are responsible for obtaining the necessary textbooks before classes start. You are expected to have all necessary textbooks on the first day of class. We require that you buy physical copies of textbooks and bring them to class.  (If you take classes online, you can buy digital copies.)

When you buy your books in the Pearson eStore, type University of Georgia Intensive English Program in the box School/Program (under Shipping Address).

Course Textbook
Fall I 2023
English for Everyday Use I Connectivity Level 2: Student's Book and eBook [Link to Pearson eStore (free shipping); Link to Amazon US]
English for Academic and Professional Purposes I  Connectivity Level 4: Student's Book and eBook [Link to Pearson eStore (free shipping); Link to Amazon US]
Reading & Writing for Daily Communication I 21st Century Reading 1: Creative Thinking and Reading with TEDTalks [Link to Amazon US]
Reading & Writing for Academic and Professional Purposes I 21st Century Reading 3: Creative Thinking and Reading with TEDTalks [Link to Amazon US]
American Culture & Current Events TBD