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 English instruction: Intermediate and Advanced. Students attend class 4 hours daily in Listening/Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Grammar. Students also have access to the language lab for independent study and practice in the afternoon.
Short-term Cultural Immersion (3 weeks)
This program is designed to give students an immersive language experience, and the daily schedule is the most structured. The cost includes the 3-credit English Program, Books, Housing, 2 Meals/Day, and Cultural Excursions. This program is tailored for lower-intermediate English speakers. Please email InternationalAdmissions@nwtc.edu
if you would like the latest information on when this program will be offered.
Estimated Total Cost: $2,200
Summer IEP (6 weeks)
This 6-credit IEP, although intensive, goes at a slower pace than our Short-Term Cultural Immersion. Students can expect a more traditional U.S. college feel, with classes during the day and more personal time in the evenings and weekends. Students have the option to live in the on-campus housing. This can be a good option for students who are looking to improve their English skills quickly and potentially begin an academic program in the Fall semester. This program is designed for intermediate-advanced English speakers.
Estimated Total Cost (tuition, on-campus housing, books & supplies): $3,700
Semester IEP (15 weeks)
This IEP falls within our regular academic year, so students will be attending classes at the same time most NWTC students take their classes. This is the most traditional path for students, and is especially recommended for students needing to improve their English skills before beginning an academic program in the U.S.
Estimated Total Cost (tuition, on-campus housing, books & supplies): $7,200
*These costs are estimates. If you will be living with friends or family in the community, the cost will be significantly less.
Admission to the IEP
(6-week Summer/15-week Semester Programs)
To enter the 6-week Summer IEP or the Semester IEP students must demonstrate that they already possess basic English language proficiency.
Standardized test scores, including TOEFL (400 PbT or 32 IbT0, Pearson's PTE (26), or IELTS (4.0) can be used to demonstrate proficiency. Alternative means of demonstrating can also be used, including previous participation in English language training or through online assessment offered by the NWTC Assessment Center. If you would like more information about demonstrating English proficiency or details about Short-Term Cultural Immersion program, please email InternationalAdmissions@nwtc.edu
International students will need to complete the online international student application and be accepted before we are able to send documentation to obtain your student visa.
Students will be given an English placement test, the Oxford Online English Test (OOPT), to determine which level of language instruction they need.
We recommend that IEP students live at The Orchards. This is an apartment complex located on the NWTC campus, which makes it a convenient option. Students are in charge of making their own housing arrangements.