University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Intensive English Institute

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the top-ranked universities in the world.

The University of Illinois

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of the top-ranked universities in the world. With over 39,000 students from 100 countries, the university offers a diverse, rich cultural experience. The U of I provides undergraduate and graduate education in over 150 fields of study and conducts extensive theoretical and applied research. Champaign-Urbana, where the U of I is located, is a small, safe and picturesque college town of 100,000 people with an active international community. Among its attractions are beautiful parks, diverse ethnic restaurants, and art and historical museums. Champaign-Urbana is within easy travel distance of three major cities -- Chicago, St. Louis and Indianapolis. Students at the U of I enjoy the best of what urban and rural life have to offer.

The Intensive English Institute Program

The University's Intensive English Institute (IEI), established in 1967, has helped thousands of students improve their English language abilities. The goal of the IEI is to assist students in developing their English language proficiency as much as possible so that they can enroll in US degree programs or improve their professional careers.

  • Academic listening and speaking/reading and writing
  • Listening and communication strategies/everyday reading and writing
  • Film and fiction
  • Business communication
  • Current events
  • Grammar
  • Conversation skills
  • Pronunciation
  • TOEFL strategies

IEI Student Life

Life as an IEI student is more than just going to class everyday. Special IEI activities, such as trips and social events, provide exciting opportunities to have fun, explore American culture and use English in a natural setting. IEI students also have access to a wide variety of campus and community activities, events and facilities. IEI students also enjoy:

  • Convenient and affordable housing in dormitories, private apartments, or homestays
  • Use of all university recreational facilities
  • Access to state-of-the-art computer facilities on campus, including free Internet access
  • Individualized international student advising
  • Conversation Partners with American students

Admission Requirements:

  • 17 years of age or older
  • Equivalent of a US high school diploma


$1,000—$5,000 Semester

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Intensive English Program

  • School Size

  • Student Body Gender

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

    Small/College town
  • Accreditation and Certification

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment, Dormitory

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