Learn English at a top state university known for excellence, impact, and affordability!
The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) is designed for international students who want to improve their English language skills. The IELP has many great options for you! After successfully completing the IELP, many students enter one of UAlbany’s world-famous degree programs. Join us!
Choose your Pathway Program into University at Albany:
Fast-Track Pathway with Conditional Admission
Guided Language and Academic Pathway
UA-USA Experience with Concurrent Enrollment
Academic and Language Skills Boot Camp short-seminar pathway
The Intensive English Language Program Advantage:
Conditional Admission & TOEFL Waiver
Small Class Size
All Teachers have Master’s Degrees or Higher
English for Specific Purposes
8- and 4-week Sessions
Social and Cultural Activities & Language Clubs
New York State & New York City
The IELP, established in 1978, has trained 10,000 ESL students. The IELP is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs and University and College Intensive English Programs.
How does the IELP work?
Classes are offered in 8-week sessions. There are five 8-week sessions offered throughout the year. Students take a placement test and enroll in the number of sessions necessary to achieve their desired English language level. There are seven levels of English offered, from basic to university-ready advanced.
Short-term Study Available
In addition to 8-week sessions, if students are interested in shorter courses, the IELP offers ten 4-week sessions throughout the year.
Full-time students study 20 hours per week, which includes two core classes and one elective course.
Core Courses (16 hours)
Listening/Speaking (8 hours per week)
Reading/Writing (8 hours per week)
Elective English Courses (4 hours)
Elective courses include Business English, English for Science and Engineering, American Pronunciation & Accent Reduction, Conversational English, Grammar, Academic Vocabulary, American Film, American Music, and more.
Part-time students can choose to study 4–16 hours per week.
Conditional Admission to Undergraduate Programs at UAlbany
IELP students who successfully complete the IELP program are not required to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score for admission to all undergraduate programs.
Conditional Admission to Graduate Programs at UAlbany
IELP students who successfully complete the IELP program are not required to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score for admission to some graduate programs, including the following:
MA and Ph.D. Economics
MS and Ph.D. Physics
MS Geographic Information Science
Master of Regional Planning
MA Liberal Studies
MS Biodiversity, Conservation, and Policy
MA and Ph.D. Latin American, the Caribbean, and US Latino Studies
MA and Ph.D. Anthropology
Educational Policy and Leadership
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MS Educational Psychology and Methodology
If your Graduate major is not listed here, please contact the Graduate program directly. Some Graduate programs will accept conditional admission.
Who is eligible:
Students who meet the academic requirements of the desired degree program;
Students who do not have the required TOEFL or IELTS score.
Conditional Bridge Admission in One or Two Semesters
Students with a 61 iBT, 5.5 IELTS, or 85 Duolingo can place into the Advanced 1 Level of the IELP. Students with a 44 iBT, 5.0 IELTS, or 75 Duolingo can place into the Intermediate 2 Level of the IELP.
Choose your Pathway Program into UAlbany
1. Fast-Track Pathway with Conditional Admissions
The fastest way for conditionally admitted IELP students to enter the university is to complete the IELP successfully at the Advanced 2 level. This is the most common pathway through the IELP and into UAlbany. Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.
Students may also receive pre-placement in the IELP at the Advanced Level with submitted scores of 5.5 on the IELTS or 61 on the iBT. Conditionally admitted students can finish the IELP in just one semester and then enter UAlbany for Undergraduate studies.
2. Guided Pathway (Starting your Academic Program with guided support and services while an IELP student)
IELP provides a chance for students to take an academic class as advanced IELP students for one semester for credit with assistance, support, and guidance from IELP faculty. Contact IELP@albany.edu for more information.
3. UA-USA Experience (Concurrent Enrollment)
Another popular pathway is for IELP students to be concurrently enrolled. Current Enrollment allows non-degree students to take IELP classes and UAlbany courses at the same time to experience the American University educational system. Contact IELP@albany.edu for more information.
4. Academic and Language Skills Boot Camp*
This four-day intensive course is designed for International Students who will begin their academic studies at UAlbany in the fall or spring. Students learn the key skills that promote success in university study for a broad range of majors. Learn more.
*The Boot Camp may be offered as an online course.
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One of America’s Top Colleges – Excellent Rankings
UAlbany, the Oldest SUNY (State University of New York) school is a comprehensive research state university. Called one of the “Best Universities” and “a Top-100 Best Value,” it’s no surprise that UAlbany combines excellent education with an affordable value. With UAlbany’s national rankings and groundbreaking education, students are prepared for the future.
One of the “Top Universities in the World” – QS, 2015
One of the “Best Business Schools” – Princeton Review
One of the “Best Universities in the U.S.” – U.S. News & World Report (2015)
One of “America’s Top Colleges” – Forbes Magazine
#1 MBA Job Placement – U.S. News & World Report (2013 & 2014)
Your campus – your home!
Welcome to New York, Albany, UAlbany, and the IELP! The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) is located in the heart of the UAlbany campus. From the moment you arrive in UAlbany, you realize what an amazing and special place it is. The buildings were designed by one of America’s most famous architects. The campus is filled with water fountains, and beautiful forests surround the entire campus. A large pond on campus offers a natural habitat and walking trails to enjoy. Experience a world-class university!
Activities and Trips
The IELP hosts social and cultural activities and events for students. These activities help students learn and use language, meet new friends, explore new and exciting places, experience American culture, and become part of a community. At UAlbany students have the chance to enjoy beauty, diversity, history, culture, and world-famous places.
Every eight weeks, IELP students enjoy an All-Day Field Trip to World-Famous Destinations:
New York City
Students also enjoy many other popular activities in the area:
Lake George, “The Queen of American Lakes”
Cruises on the Hudson River
Adirondack Park (Created in 1892 by the State of New York, the park is greater in size than Yellowstone, the Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined.)
National Basketball Hall of Fame and National Baseball Hall of Fame
Thacher State Park
Winter Sports: Downhill and Cross Country Skiing, Snowboarding, and Skating
Summer Concerts: Washington Park, Jennings Landing, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
IELP Language Clubs and Services
IELP students use English outside of class and are surrounded by opportunities to make new friends, practice English, and meet American students.
TOEFL Preparation Workshops
Albany is close to more great Northeast American and Canadian cities:
Online English Eco-System
Language Activities Wherever You Are is an Online English Eco-System for students outside the language classroom. Use language, explore culture, form friendships, and become part of the UAlbany Community. Join others with LIVE language chats and VIRTUAL cultural immersion, Wherever You Are and Whenever You Want.