Intensive English Program Intermediate Certificate

Program Code: 908612

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

  • Demonstrate control of basic grammar structures
  • Maintain spoken discourse in both formal and informal settings
  • Speak with intelligible English in both formal and informal settings
  • Follow basic academic lectures and take accurate notes
  • Use reading strategies to increase comprehension of academic texts
  • Apply critical thinking skills to short, academic articles and extensive texts
  • Construct clear, coherent multi-paragraph essays

Requirements for Certificate Entry

  • Students must have a minimum TOEFL score of 400 (pbt)/32 (iBt), or IELTS 4.0, or CaMLA/MEPT 35 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 intermediate level to advanced level, students must have completed all intermediate level coursework with a grade of “B” or better in intermediate level or “C” GPA and CaMLA/MEPT score of 45.
  • This certificate will take a minimum of thirty-two weeks of instruction prior to transitioning into college level courses.