The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Year-Round 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!
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.


    CEFR Levels

    (upon completion)

    TOEFL Score

    (upon completion)

    IELTS Score

    (upon completion)

    Placement Exam

    (iTEP AcademicPlus)*

    Hours of Instruction

    60 – Advanced



    7 and up


    250-300 per level

    50 – High Intermediate





    40 – Intermediate





    30 – Low Intermediate





    *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 18 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 (8 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 (8 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:  









    Academic Written English

    Academic Written English

    Academic Written English

    Academic Written English

    American Culture


    Language Lab


    Language Lab


    Language Lab




    Academic Spoken English

    Academic Spoken English

    Academic Spoken English

    Academic Spoken English

    American Culture


    Language Lab


    Language Lab


  • Dates and Deadlines


    First Day of Class

    Last Day of Exams

    Application Deadline

    Summer 2019

    June 30

    August 9

    May 1

    Fall 2019

    September 3

    December 6

    June 1

    Spring 2020

    January 21

    May 7

    November 1

  • Program Fees and Expenses

    Fee Type

    Summer 2019

    Fall 2019

    Spring 2020

    IEP Program Fees












    Health Insurance




    UMass Visa Processing








    *Please note, semester IEP Program Fees do not include room and board. The above table indicates estimates for off campus housing in the Amherst area. Expenses will vary by availability.
    **Estimate based on an individual participant with standard international student insurance plan.
    ***Please note that in addition to the UMass processing fee, particiants will be responsible for fees related to their visa application including the  F-1 visa application fee and SEVIS fee. Please check with the U.S. State Department website for current information regarding SEVIS and visa application fees: Fees for Visa Services
  • 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
    +1 413 577 4276