Early Bird: $1549 - Valid until April 19, 2024

Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is designed for those who want to learn or improve their English language skills. Our program offers levels from Low Beginning to Advanced focusing on an integrated and immersive learning approach in grammar, speaking and listening, reading, and writing skills. Courses are taught by experienced, dynamic instructors. If the level is not available, program staff will advise on available options.

  • Classes are scheduled Monday – Thursday from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM.
  • At the end of each session, participants receive a final evaluation of their performance in the program, and those who successfully complete the requirements receive a Certificate of Completion.

Admission Requirements
  • Participants must be 18 years or older and have completed high school or equivalent.
  • U.S. Citizens or Resident Aliens should bring their birth certificate, resident alien card, or employment authorization letter.
  • International Students must apply for an F-1 visa.

Application and Payment
  1. Submit Program Application
  2. Upon application completion, you will receive a link to process the English Placement Test (EPT) payment, $100 Fee, Non-Refundable. EPT test is valid for 6 months.
  3. Upon completion of the English Placement Test you will be placed in a level based on your results. You will receive a link to complete tuition payment via TouchNet.
  4. If the level is not available, program staff will advise on available options.
  5. Textbook fees vary depending on level. Information will be sent via email after tuition has been completed.
Meningitis Vaccine
  • All new participants under the age of 22 must submit evidence of receiving the meningitis vaccine or booster shot (administered within the past five years) or evidence of exemption before they can enroll. Participants must provide proof of vaccination 10 days before the first day of the program.

Program Details:

I-20 Eligibility Requirements
  • Statement of account with sufficient funds to cover tuition, books, housing, and health insurance.
  • Copy of passport (must be valid for at least 6 months)
  • If requirements are met, an email with your I-20 form will be sent by one of our Designated School Officials.
SEVIS 1-901 Fee
  • The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requires all foreign students to complete an 1-901 fee before making an appointment at the U.S. Consulate.
  • Fee $350
  • Please save and print your payment receipt.
Student Visa Medical Insurance
  • The Board of Regents of The UT-System schools requires that all international students have medical insurance every session. The Board of Regents has also granted an exception for Mexican Nationals attending the Language Programs.
  • Once you are approved for your F-1 visa, UTRGV PEWD will send an email with detailed information to purchase your medical insurance.
  • Fee varies by session.
UTRGV English Language Proficiency
  • Please note that participants enrolled in the Intensive English Program who successfully complete the Advanced Level may request a waiver for the English Proficiency Requirement to attend UTRGV. Please contact your UTRGV Admissions Advisor to request further information.
  • In order to gain admission to an American university, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required by most universities. UTRGV offers the TOEFL test several times a year. For further information on taking the TOEFL please contact the University Testing Center at (956) 665-7570 or (956) 882-8875

Session Transfers
  • Transfers to another session are Not Allowed without prior approval.
Refund Policy
  • We require a written request emailed to pewd@utrgv.edu three business days prior to the start date of the course.
  • It takes five to seven business days to process refunds for credit/debit card payments.

Ms. Alma Seong

Ms. Blanca Duarte

Program Levels:

The beginner levels are designed for participants who have limited or no English language skills. Participants will be able to absorb the fundamentals of the language and gain confidence in their ability to speak and interact in an English-speaking environment. Participants who complete and meet the course requirements can move up to intermediate levels.

  • Low Beginning
  • Beginning
  • High Beginning

The intermediate levels are designed for those who can speak and understand the English language but who may need to continue building their English language skills. Participants will be able to express themselves in everyday situations, continue to acquire additional vocabulary skills, read more complex passages and answer questions about them, and construct paragraphs with correct punctuation. Participants who complete and meet the course requirements are prepared to progress to advanced levels.

  • Low Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • High Intermediate

The advanced levels are designed for participants who are relatively fluent and experienced in the use of English, but who may need help with fine-tuning their skills. These levels are designed to help participants express themselves effectively and successfully for academic degree work and in business settings.

  • Low Advanced
  • Advanced
  • Elective


Course Information

For more information, book an online appointment with an advisor today!

Registration Deadline:
May 15, 2024 at 4 p.m

May 20 - July 11, 2024

8 Weeks

New Student Orientation:
May 15, 2024

Monday - Thursday 8:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m

Summer 2024

Upcoming Session Start Dates:

  • August 19, 2024
  • October 21, 2024
  • January 13, 2025
  • March 24, 2025
  • May 27, 2025

Program Modality:

Edinburg CESS Building
- Beginning
- Intermediate

- Ms. Alma Seong
- Ms. Blanca Duarte

$ 1599 (Textbooks are not included in cost)

* The early bird fee of $1549 is valid until April 19, 2024

Students requiring accommodation should contact our office pewd@utrgv.edu to learn about the process.

Application in English