The University of Massachusetts Amherst
 

Intensive English Program

Welcome to the UMass Amherst Intensive English Program!

Are you looking to improve your English so that you can study at a university in the U.S.?  We can help you achieve your goals!
The mission of the UMass Amherst IEP is to ensure that English as additional language learners successfully reach their language learning goals, specifically those goals related to pursuing higher education within the United States or English-medium contexts. We offer year round (Fall, Spring, and Summer) non-credit classes in Academic English (EAP), American Culture, TOEFL, GRE, and more. Our courses are based on measurable student learning outcomes and incorporate best practices, including student-centered learning environments, task-based language teaching methods, and innovative technologies. Our faculty are trained EAP professionals and will help you improve your academic language skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as your academic study skills, all leading you to achieve your goals!
  • Program Overview

    Levels & Course Information

    At the UMass Amherst IEP, we offer four levels of instruction (see table below). If you arrive at a low intermediate level, you should be able to achieve an advanced level within one year of instruction. Placement exams will be administered to each student to determine incoming level, regardless of whether an IELTS or TOEFL score was submitted.

    Level

    CEFR Levels

    (upon completion)

    TOEFL Score

    (upon completion)

    IELTS Score

    (upon completion)

    Placement Exam

    (iTEP AcademicPlus)*

    Hours of Instruction

    60 – Advanced

    C1+

    87+

    7 and up

    3.5+

    250-300 per level

    50 – High Intermediate

    B2

    57-86

    6.0-6.5

    3.0-3.4

    40 – Intermediate

    B1-B2

    44-56

    5.0-5.5

    2.5-2.9

    30 – Low Intermediate

    A2-B1

    30-43

    4.0-4.5

    2.0-2.4

    *Students progress at different levels and will be retested at the beginning of each semester to determine their level of proficiency; if a student is highly motivated and progresses rapidly, they may be able to skip a level.



    Each semester, students will enroll in three courses with a total of 22 hours of instruction per week. In addition, students will have access to a variety of language learning software in the LLC Language Teaching & Research Lab. Course descriptions are listed below.

    • Academic Written English (10 hours per week)

    Focuses on developing students reading and writing skills with a focus on academic genres and academic vocabulary. English grammatical structures will be fully integrated into the course and taught in context. Students will work on tasks and projects throughout the course that require reading and writing skills.

    • Academic Spoken English (10 hours per week)

    Focuses on developing students listening and speaking skills with a focus on academic interactions. English grammatical structures will be fully integrated into the course and taught in context. Students will work on tasks and projects throughout the course that require them to demonstrate their oral communication skills.

    • Additional course*(2 hours per week)

      • American Culture:

    Focuses on invisible elements of American culture (including university culture) that directly impact communication. Students will learn about discourse practices and pragmatics as a means to better accomplish their goals within an American cultural setting.

      • IELTS/TOEFL/GRE/SAT Prep (Each offered depending on interest):

    Focuses on test-taking strategies related to specific tests relevant to pursuing admission to U.S. or English-medium higher education institutions.

      • Focus on Grammar:

    Focuses on English sentence structures relevant for a given proficiency level. The course will be task/project-based to enable meaningful application of content.

      • Focus on Pronunciation:

    Focuses on the production and perception of English sounds, including prosodic features that occur above the sound/word level. This course will be offered at given proficiency levels, and will also be task/project-based to enable meaningful application of content.

    *Additional courses are offered based on student interest.

    All classes take place on the UMass Amherst campus and are offered from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Evening classes may also be offered depending on need. Below is a sample schedule:  

     

     

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    9:00-11:00

    Academic Written English

    Academic Written English

    Academic Written English

    Academic Written English

    Academic Written English

    11:00-Noon

    Language Lab

     

    Language Lab

     

    Language Lab

    Noon-1:00

    Break

    1:00-3:00

    Academic Spoken English

    Academic Spoken English

    Academic Spoken English

    Academic Spoken English

    Academic Spoken English

    3:00-4:00

    Language Lab

    American Culture

    Language Lab

    American Culture

     
  • Dates and Deadlines

    Term

    First Day of Class

    Last Day of Exams

    Application Deadline

    Summer 2019

    June 30

    August 9

    May 1

    Fall 2019

    September 3

    December 6

    July 15

    Spring 2019

    January 21

    April 24

    December 1

  • Program Fees and Expenses

    Fee Type

    Summer 2019

    Fall 2019

    Spring 2020

    IEP Program Fees

    $6,500

    $6,800

    $6800

    Housing

    Included

    $4,600

    $4,600

    Meals

    Included

    $1,625

    $1,625

    Health Insurance

    Included

    $300

    $300

    Visa Processing

    $350

    $350

    $350

    Total

    $6,850

    $13,675

    13,675

    Please note, semester IEP Program Fees do not include room, board, and additional expenses. The table indicates estimates for the Amherst area.

  • How to Apply

    Applicants must have a minimum TOEFL score of 32 or IELTS score of 4.5. 

    Apply online to UMass Amherst's Intensive English Program (IEP). The application requires:

       •     Written statement of interest

       •     A copy of your secondary school diploma

       •     Non-refundable application fee: $75

    Begin Application

  • For Secondary School Students

    For students ages 15 - 17, UMass offers EducationUSA Academy, a 4-week academic program that provides English language courses, college preparatory content, tours of diverse colleges and universities, and cross-cultural activities. For details and to apply, click below:

    EducationUSA Academy

  • Custom Program Inquiries

    UMass Amherst welcomes students from all over the world each summer to study topics ranging from sport management to mechanical engineering and everything in between! If your school or government is interested in custom designing a program for a cohort of students, please contact Sarah Craig, Director of Summer Programs, to discuss the academic and co-curricular programming you desire.

    Sarah Craig
    Director of Summer and Short-Term Programs
    sccraig@umass.edu
    +1 413 577 4276