Intensive English Program (IEP)

Our Mission

The mission of the Texas A&M University-Texarkana (TAMUT) Intensive English Program (IEP) is aligned with the university’s mission, which is to provide students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, abilities, and skills to become leaders in their chosen profession and to prepare for the opportunities of serving in a global environment. The TAMUT's IEP Program seeks to provide global, international experiences for TAMUT students and faculty as reflected in its mission. For international students and scholars, the program seeks to offer academically challenging, engaging, and rewarding educational experiences by offering quality English as a Second Language(ESL) teaching and student support services. Through personal attention, our IEP administration and faculty strive to assist participant students in developing linguistic, academic, and professional skills, which will aid in their acquisition of the cultural adaptation skills necessary to function and succeed in a global society in which English is the primary language of communication.

Program Description

The Intensive English Program (IEP) prepares international students for success in academic programs or professional careers by offering academically challenging, engaging, and rewarding educational experiences and student support services. It offers opportunities for studying in small group environment with access to all campus resources. The program focuses on developing the English language domains necessary for effective written and oral communication and critical reading and listening. It also targets the mastery of study and research skills, as well as proficient intercultural communication, required for optimal second language development.

Course Description

The IEP offers courses that have a logical progression from the beginning to the intermediate to the advanced to the college preparatory level. The beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels focus on developing fundamental English skills. Coursework emphasizes skills that are necessary for developing effective written and oral communication. Instruction at this level covers the study of vocabulary, language structures, and essential elements in the development of the four language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking). The College Preparatory level is expected to be comprised mainly of students seeking full admission to the university’s academic programs. In the college preparatory level, students continue to develop English language proficiency, with an emphasis on fluency and accuracy. Coursework at this level focuses on reading comprehension of academic texts, academic writing, and the development of critical reading and listening skills. It also targets the refinement of study skills and the development of critical thinking and research skills.

Program Highlights

  • Length of Study: 8 week-terms during the summer, fall (2 terms) and spring (2 terms) and 16 week-terms in the fall and in the spring semester.
  • Proficiency levels: Beginning to advanced levels focusing on developing fundamental English skills and college preparatory targeting the development of English language skills required for admission to regular degree programs. Students are placed into levels based on their placement test scores.
  • Small classes with highly qualified faculty provide instruction 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday, tutoring, and personalized academic support.

Core Courses

Reading and Vocabulary, Grammar and Writing, Communications. Courses are offered in three blocks as follows:

  • 8:00am-9:15am Communications
  • 9:30am-10:45am Reading and Vocabulary
  • 11:00am-12:15pm Grammar and Writing


The housing application fee is $100. The $100 housing application fee is non-refundable. The University requires all students to live on campus unless the student meets one of the exemptions below:

  • Has reached the age of 21 prior to the first class day of class each semester (fall/spring)
  • Has completed 60 or more semester credit hours prior to the first day of class each semester (fall/spring)
  • Is enrolled in 9 or fewer semester credit hours for the fall or spring semester(student must file exemption for each semester enrollment is 9 or less semester credit hours)
  • Lives with parent or legal guardian within 30 miles of campus
  • Is married or has dependent children
  • Hardship exceptions are approved by the Office of Residence Life

Students should not apply for housing until the acceptance letter and all the legal documentation for the application to the visa have been received by mail.

Program taught in:
  • English
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