Intensive English for Internationals


Program Description

Our Purpose

The Intensive English for Internationals (IEI) program at the University of Memphis offers a comprehensive study of the English language to students from around the world. Because of the highly academic nature of the curriculum, IEI prepares students for entry into graduate and undergraduate programs throughout the United States. Additionally, the IEI program offers courses to international professionals living in the Memphis area to improve their working knowledge of English. Students have many varied opportunities to interact with other participants in a friendly and professional learning environment and to become an integral part of the university community.

Our Program

The University of Memphis offers non-credit intensive English language study for university-bound students as well as others who wish to become proficient in English. We offer five 8-week sessions during the academic year with starting dates in January, March, May, August and October. Classes are small and designed to develop communication and academic skills in English through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

We offer five levels of instruction, from basic to advanced. However, students are expected to have a basic knowledge of English upon entering. New students are tested at the beginning of each session and placed in the appropriate level. Full-time students study 23 hours per week. F-1 students must enroll full-time; students who do not have an F-1 visa may attend full- or part-time. The Director can help such students choose appropriate classes.

Reading/ Writing and Grammar classes meet every morning Monday through Friday. Afternoon classes, which meet Monday through Thursday, include listening/ speaking classes and modules. The program is designed to be rigorous and challenging, and students are expected to work diligently to improve their English. However, there is also time for fun and friendship, including field trips to area sites.

IEI Curriculum

Our goal is to prepare students for academic and professional settings by providing instruction that helps them develop:

  • fluency and accuracy in English by engaging in content matter and developing metalinguistic awareness
  • skills necessary for success in academic contexts, including writing from sources, study skills, and appropriate habits of mind

At lower levels, we focus on connecting grammar and writing, writing sentences and paragraphs, developing foundational vocabulary, and listening and speaking in informal conversational contexts. In general, topics across classes are more personal in nature, but students are introduced to academic texts and skills such as summarizing.

At upper levels, we focus on the relationship between reading and writing, using readings as springboards and as source material and developing strategies for reading adapted and authentic texts for different purposes. Students write different types of essays and practice paraphrasing and summarizing. They also develop research skills and note-taking and formal presentation skills. In general, class content is more academic in nature.

The Advanced Integrated Skills and Advanced Communication Skills courses are designed to strengthen students' academic English skills by providing integrated language instruction and practice in the context of academic content study. The academic content varies from session to session, and includes World History, Children's Literature, Leadership, Local History and Culture, and Social Psychology. Students earn recommendation to undergraduate or graduate study as they demonstrate mastery of higher-level academic English language skills as described in the Pearson Global Scale of English.

Student Evaluation

Students in Levels 2-4 receive a letter grade for each class at the end of each session. They must receive a grade of C or higher to progress to the next level. Students in the Basic and Advanced levels receive a final grade of MP (Making Progress), R2, RU or RG (Ready for Level 2, Ready for Undergraduate, Ready for Graduate) or F (Failure to Make Progress). All grades reflect achievement, attendance, and cooperation. A certificate of achievement is awarded to participants who successfully complete each IEI level.

IEI follows The University of Memphis guidelines with respect to student conduct and discipline. Class attendance is required. Students who have poor attendance records, who do not prepare designated assignments or who break University rules and regulations are subject to dismissal from the IEI program.

Tuition Fees (each 8-week session)

Full-Time 23 hours/week; required for F1 students $1850
Reading/Writing 9 hours/week $725
Grammar 6 hours/week $485
Listening/Speaking 4 hours/week $320
Module 4 hours/week $320

Session Dates

Daytime Intensive Program

Fall 1 2019 August 21 - October 17
Fall 2 2019 October 18 - December 13
Spring 1 2020 January 15 - March 11
Spring 2 2020 January 9 - March 7
Summer 2020 May 13 - July 10
Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

Located in a vibrant neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee, the UofM is a major research institution. What you learn here builds a sense of intellectual engagement that will empower you to make a differe ... Read More

Located in a vibrant neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee, the UofM is a major research institution. What you learn here builds a sense of intellectual engagement that will empower you to make a difference in life and throughout your career. Founded in 1912, we welcome more than 21,000 students to campus every year. Diversity is one of our strengths. Students and faculty come from all over the world to be a part of the UofM experience. Read less