North Carolina State University - Intensive English Program (IEP)

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $1,000—$5,000 Semester

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    English Language (ESL), English for Academic Purposes, Intensive English as a Second Language

  • Setting

    City, Suburban

  • Accreditation and Certification


  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment

  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 50+, IELTS: Band 5.5+

  • Social Media

Students in the Intensive English Program (IEP) at North Carolina State University (NC State) learn the academic, cultural, and technological skills essential for smooth transitions to university and professional success. The IEP is a full-time, non-credit program offering intermediate to low-advanced levels of English language instruction.

Average Class Size: 15 students
Course Levels: Intermediate, High-Intermediate, Low-Advanced
Course Lengths: 15 weeks (fall, spring), 10 weeks (summer)
Hours of Instruction: 23-25 hours (per week)
Application Requirements: High school graduate, minimum intermediate English level (TOEFL iBT 50, IELTS 5.5)
Visa Information: I-20 form issued upon admission

Learn more on the IEP website,

Program Highlights

  • Study at North Carolina State University, a top 100 American university.
  • Conditional admission is available to undergraduate programs and specific graduate programs.
  • Receive FREE tutoring from specially trained academic coaches.
  • Live in beautiful Raleigh, North Carolina, a city consistently rated as one of the best and safest places to live in the United States.

Intensive English Program

  • Affordable, high-quality English instruction with experienced teachers
  • Courses in Reading/Vocabulary, Conversation/Presentation Skills, Writing/Grammar, and Listening/Note-taking
  • Classrooms with the latest technology
  • Opportunities for students to get involved in events and student organizations on-campus as well as in the Raleigh community.
  • Dedicated student advisor for academic, personal, or professional questions
  • Full access to NC State facilities, including the recreation center, health center, and libraries
  • Opportunity to join any of NC State’s hundreds of student organizations and clubs
  • Housing available nearby in off-campus apartments


Fall term (15 weeks) - early August to early December
Spring Semester (15 weeks) - beginning of January to end of April
Summer (10 weeks)* - middle of May to middle of July

*Only the upper two levels are offered during the summer. Email for more information.

North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University, the largest public university in North Carolina, is globally recognized for its strength in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as design, textiles, and veterinary medicine.  More than 35,000 students enroll in more than 120 different degree programs. NC State graduates are leaders in their fields and embody the university’s "Think and Do" spirit.

Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, is consistently rated among the best places to live and work in the United States. Many of the United States’ leading Fortune 500 technology, research, and pharmaceutical companies are located nearby in the Research Triangle Park (RTP).

  • #1 among the best places for business and careers (Forbes, 2014)
  • Best big city in the Southeast (Time, 2016)
  • Vibrant cultural scene, international restaurants, and sporting events
  • Moderate temperature with all four seasons (average: high 21℃, low 10℃)
  • Located two hours away from both the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains

Fast Facts


Approximate TOTAL cost (including tuition and mandatory university fees)

Fall: $6,400
Spring: $6,400
Summer: $4,300

Conditional Admission

Students should apply directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions or to the Graduate School to be considered for conditional admission. The minimum scores required to be considered for conditional admission are TOEFL 50/IELTS 5.5 for undergraduate studies and TOEFL 60/IELTS 6.0 for graduate studies.  Students who are conditionally admitted to North Carolina State University are automatically enrolled in the Intensive English Program and do not need to submit an additional application. 

Conditionally admitted undergraduate students with at least a TOEFL iBT 70 or an IELTS Academic 6.0 are eligible to apply for the NC State Pathway Program. In the Pathway Program, students take a combination of IEP courses and undergraduate credit courses at the same time. One and two-semester options are available.

Note: Admission to the IEP is separate from degree admission to NC State and does NOT guarantee admission to degree programs.




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North Carolina State University - Intensive English Program (IEP)

Intensive English Program
2526 Hillsborough Street
Suite 200
Raleigh NC 27607
P: +1 919-515-4002
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