Intensive English Program Advanced Certificate

Students take an Intensive English course

Program Code: 908613

The Intensive English Program (IEP) at NWTC is designed to prepare students for the academic language demands of college-level coursework. The IEP offers two levels of full-time English instruction: Intermediate and Advanced. Dependent upon the student’s success in the IEP Advanced level, one or two IEP transitional courses may be required, IEP College Reading & Writing and/or IEP College Listening/Speaking. The full-time IEP students attend class 16 hours per week, Monday-Thursday in Listening/Speaking and Reading & Writing courses. Students also have access to the language lab for independent study and practice in the afternoon. The IEP instructors have many years of experience and have lived and/or taught extensively in other countries. The benefits of participating in the NWTC Intensive English Program (IEP) are: Attending an IEP program located in a college environment which provides student support services for academic success; Academic language skills necessary for success in college-level courses; Acclimation to the US college experience prior to enrolling in full-time college-level programs; Ease of transition into post-secondary programs at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; or, transfer to other state colleges or universities within the United States; Nearly twice as much instruction for the cost as compared to other US Intensive English Programs. This program also offers a six-week Summer Academy with integrated curriculum for intermediate students. The Summer Academy will provide early preparation for further intensive English study. For further information on the Intensive English Program including the Summer Academy, visit:

Approximate Certificate Costs


Tuition: $2,278

Books: $361

Certificate Completers will be able to

  • Speak with standard English pronunciation in both formal and informal settings
  • Maintain extended spoken discourse in both formal and informal settings
  • Develop arguments for debates
  • Use American English writing conventions to produce coherent academic essays
  • Analyze text structure and organization
  • Use a variety of verb tenses and aspects to express complex ideas in spoken and written academic discourse
  • Perform academic research

Requirements for Certificate Entry

  • Students must have a minimum TOEFL score of 450 (pbt)/45 (iBt), or IELTS 5.0, or CaMLA/MEPT 45 to enter the IEP. Please note that admission to the IEP does not guarantee admission to the College.
  • At the beginning of the program, students will take an English placement test (CaMLA/MEPT) to determine which level of language instruction they need. Placement decisions are based on a combination of TOEFL or IELTS scores, or CaMLA/MEPT test scores.
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  • To progress from IEP advanced level to transitional IEP and college level coursework, students must have completed all advanced level coursework with a grade of “B” or better in advanced level or “C” GPA and CaMLA/MEPT score of 63, or instructor approval.
  • This certificate will take a minimum of sixteen weeks of instruction prior to transitioning into college level courses.