Programs


The Intensive English Program at UGA offers programs for a number of different types of students. Please consult the sections below for more information on our different programs to find the one that is right for you!

Full-Time Students

Full-time students take 18 hours of coursework per week. If you are interested in applying to become a full-time student with the IEP, please consult the eligibility requirements below and follow the steps to apply by clicking the APPLY NOW button below. 

 

Eligibilitiy Requirements
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Language proficiency: We take students from the high-intermediate to advanced level. If you are not sure about our level, you can contact us at iep@uga.edu and ask to take our online placement test.  That test will give you an approximate idea of your level.  After you arrive in Athens, you will take another test to further refine your placement level.

Age: We accept students who are 18 and older. You can apply when you are 17, but you must be 18 years old when you arrive in Athens to start the program. We welcome older students: no one is too old to study in this program!

Visa type: We provide the documents students need to apply for an F-1 visa to attend our program.  If necessary, it is also possible to study on a J-1 visa. Students who apply for a visa to attend our program must study 18 hours a week. You cannot study on a B-1 or B-2 visa. You should contact the coordinator for more information. 

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The IEP has 5 sessions each year beginning in January, March, July, August, and October.   In spring and fall, our sessions are 7.5 weeks long.  In summer, students can apply for a 4-week July session. Please see important dates for more information about session dates!

 

Estimated Costs for Each Spring/Fall Session

Duration per Session: 7.5 weeks

Program Costs:
One-time application fee (non-refundable) $150
Full-time tuition $1990
Full-time fees $160
Textbook cost (Estimate—actual cost could be lower) $150
Medical insurance (Average cost, individual rates vary) $170
Total program costs paid each session
$2460
Living Expenses:
Food (estimate) cost varies depending on option chosen $400 - $1000
Rent (estimate) cost varies depending on option chosen
$760 - $2000
Total living costs for one 7.5 week session
$1160 - $3000

The above costs are based on full-time study, which is 18 hours of class a week.

Living expenses: Various options are available for housing, from a small shared apartment off campus to a luxurious hotel room near campus. Food costs range from the cost for purchasing and cooking one’s own food to purchasing the UGA meal plan.

Personal spending money (for entertainment, toiletries, etc.) is NOT included in the above estimates.

 

Estimated Costs for Summer Session

Duration per Session: 4 weeks

* Please note that the costs for the 4-week program for new graduate students are different because that program includes some extras that are not a part of the regular program.*

Program Costs:
One-time application fee $160
Tuition $1100
Student fees $80
Books (Estimate based on cost in U.S.) $80
Medical insurance (Average cost, individual rates vary) $100
Estimated Total Program Costs
$1640

 

 

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Part-Time Students

Local community members (those who already have a visa that permits language study (for example J-1 or J-2 visa holders, F-2 visa holders, and those who are permanent US residents or citizens) can take part-time classes. If you are interested in applying to become a part-time student with the IEP, please consult the eligibility requirements below and follow the steps to apply by clicking the APPLY NOW button below.

 

Eligibilitiy Requirements
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Language proficiency: We take students from the high-intermediate to advanced level. If you are not sure about our level, you can contact us at iep@uga.edu and ask to take our online placement test.  That test will give you an approximate idea of your level.  After you arrive in Athens, you will take another test to further refine your placement level.

Age: We accept students who are 18 and older. You can apply when you are 17, but you must be 18 years old when you arrive in Athens to start the program. We welcome older students: no one is too old to study in this program!

Visa type: Part-time students who are already Athens residents (such as dependents of UGA students) should have an F-2, J-1, or J-2 visa. Part-time students study between 4 and 16 hours a week.  Some other visa holders are also eligible to study; however, you cannot study on a B-1 or B-2 visa. You should contact the coordinator for more information. Part-time students are required to submit a copy of their visa when applying. 

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The IEP has 5 sessions each year beginning in January, March, July, August, and October.   In spring and fall, our sessions are 7.5 weeks long.  In summer, students can apply for a 4-week July session. Please see important dates for more information about session dates!

  

Estimated Costs for Each Spring/Fall Session

Duration per Session: 7.5 weeks

Program Costs:
Part-time registration fee $80
Cost per 4 hour course $400
Cost per 2 hour course $200
Textbook cost per course (Estimate—actual cost could be lower) $40
Medical insurance Not required for part-time study

 

Estimated Costs for Each Summer Session

Duration per Session: 4 Weeks

Program Costs:
Part-time registration fee $40
Cost per 4 hour course $200
Cost per 2 hour course $100
Textbook cost per course (Estimate—actual cost could be lower) $40
Medical insurance Not required for part-time study

 

 

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Conditionally Admitted Graduate Students

The UGA Graduate School will accept successful completion of Level 6 in the Intensive English Program as one way to satisfy the language proficiency requirement for applying to the Graduate School. Students must pass both their Level 6 courses and the Level 6 exit exams to successfully pass the level. For more information, contact the program coordinator at iep@uga.edu

When students successfully complete their program, the IEP will inform the UGA Graduate School, and the Office of Global Engagement will send students an I-20 for their graduate degree.The Office of Global Engagement will also answer VISA related questions.

Please consult the eligibility requirements below and follow the steps to apply by clicking the APPLY NOW button below. 

 

Eligibilitiy Requirements
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A department may request admission to the Graduate School for international students whose TOEFL speak score is 18 or higher and whose overall TOEFL score is at least 80. This admission decision will be subject to all other requirements for admission to graduate programs. The Graduate School will decide upon admission after considering all factors in the student’s folder, in addition to just the speak test score. The students must contact the coordinator of the IEP to obtain permission to enroll in the summer English program. The department and the student will both need to indicate they understand the conditions.

Minimum Requirements for Graduate Admission under This Program:

  • Obtain a TOEFL speak of 18 or better and other favorable admissions indicators.
  • Enroll in the July summer English program.
  • Follow the advice of the coordinator at the end of the program for further work in the fall.
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New conditionally-admitted graduate students pay non-credit tuition and fees directly to the IEP. The IEP will also accept payment from departments who want to provide financial support for students. Please see important dates for more information about session dates!

 

Estimated Costs for Summer Session

Duration per Session: 4 weeks

* Please note that the costs for the 4-week program for new graduate students are different because that program includes some extras that are not a part of the regular program.*

Program Costs:
One-time application fee $100
Program fees ($100) and lab fees ($100) $200
Tuition $1100
Books (Estimate based on cost in U.S.) $80
Estimated Total Program Costs
$1480

 

 

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Visiting Scholars

J-1 scholars who do not have a qualifying TOEFL score, or who have not earned a degree from an institution that teaches in English, must have an English proficiency video interview with UGA’s College of Education. Scholars who receive a score of A1 or A2  on the video interview are required to take one or more sessions of IEP courses after they arrive.  According to UGA’s policy,

  • The scholar will be required to enroll in English language classes through UGA’s Intensive English Program. This enrollment must begin as soon as is practical given the scholar’s dates of travel and must continue either for the duration of the scholar’s academic program or until the scholar has successfully completed the Level 3 class in the Intensive English Program.

This policy applies to scholars located on the main UGA campus in Athens as well as those located on other campuses like Griffin or Tifton.  So that we can serve scholars on all campuses, the UGA Intensive English program offers two options, online courses and individual tutoring, that scholars can take to meet the English proficiency requirement.

 

Option 1: Online Course for Visiting Scholars
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When and how does the class meet?

The class meets twice weekly online at a time that is convenient for most students.  After you register for the course, the instructor will contact you to tell you how to access the online class.  You will receive an invoice to pay for your course in the first week of class.

How much does the course cost?

The course costs $200 plus a $40 registration fee for 16 hours of class over 8 weeks.  Students in the course will complete half a level in 8 weeks (half a semester). 

How many courses do I have to take?

The number of sessions you take depends on the level in which you are placed. To complete a whole level, scholars must take the course for two 8-week sessions.  After scholars successfully complete a whole level (16 weeks of study), they can apply to be re-tested if they wish (and pay the required testing fee), or they can continue to take the course until they successfully complete level 3 as outlined by UGA’s policy.

How do I apply to take a course?

Click on the link below to fill out the registration form.  After you have completed the form, you will be registered in the course.  We will send you an invoice so that you can visit our website to pay for your course in the first week of class.

 

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Option 2: Tutoring for Visiting Scholars
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In addition to the online course, scholars can choose an individual tutoring option. Scholars can meet online with an IEP instructor for individual tutoring. 12 hours of tutoring will be considered equivalent to one 16-hour class. The cost for individual tutoring is $40 per hour, and scholars will need to pay for 12 sessions before beginning the tutoring. After completing 24 hours of tutoring (equivalent to a whole level of classes), scholars can apply to be re-tested if they wish (and pay the required testing fee), or they can continue to take the course until they successfully complete level 3 as outlined by UGA’s policy.

 

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Other Courses for Visiting Scholars
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Visiting scholars often find that it is helpful to take additional IEP courses while they are staying in the United States, so many scholars whose English test places them above the A1 or A2 level choose to take classes in the Intensive English Program as part-time students. These classes meet face-to-face on the Athens campus. For more information, see the Part-Time Student section above. 

 

Thank you for your interest in the Intensive English Program. Shorter (4-week) programs may be available at other times by special arrangement.  Also, we are happy to make arrangements for group programs. Please contact us at iep@uga.edu if you have questions.