Intensive English

Intensive Program Info

The Language Institute offers five intensive (eight week) English programs every year at our Edinburg and Brownsville sites. Ten levels of English are available from Basic to High Advanced. Also, a 3 week Special Summer Program is offered for students 15 years or older.

Intensive Program Calendar 2018-2019
Session Course Dates Registration
Tuition (USD)
Fall I 2018 Aug. 27 – Oct. 18 Jul. 27 Aug. 10 $1,550.00*
Fall II 2018 Oct. 22 – Dec. 13 Sep. 21 Oct. 5 $1,550.00*
Spring I 2019 Jan. 7– Feb. 28 Dec. 7 Dec. 14 $1,550.00*
Spring II 2019 Mar. 4 – May. 2 Feb. 1 Feb. 15 $1,550.00*
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  • Grammar
    • The LI teaches grammar as a foundation for communication.
  • Listening and Speaking
    • Conversation, discussion and structured listening practice help students gain confidence speaking and understanding English in everyday situations.
  • Reading and Writing
    • Students improve their ability to read and remember more, as well as learn how to write paragraphs and compositions.
  • Vocabulary and Idioms
    • The LI teaches students the words needed to communicate clearly. Learning idioms helps students express themselves naturally in English.
  • Academic Preparation
    • The High Advanced levels teach important test-taking strategies and language skills such as advanced grammar, reading, writing, listening and speaking skills needed to succeed in an American university.

Additional Information

  • Language Laboratory
    • The LI offers a variety of audio and video tapes that help students practice and improve their listening skills. Students use the laboratory all week with their instructor.
  • Student Grade Report
    • At the end of each term, the LI sends all students a final evaluation of their performance in the program.
  • Certificates
    • At the end of each session, students who successfully complete the requirements of the LI receive a Certificate of Participation. Also, Students with Perfect Attendance receive a Certificate.
    • In order to gain admission to an American university, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required by most universities. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley offers the TOEFL test several times a year. For further information on taking the TOEFL please contact the University Testing Center at (956) 665-7584 or (956)665-7585.
    • Please note that students enrolled in the Intensive English program at the Language Institute who complete the highest upper Advanced Level, may request a TOEFL waiver to attend UTRGV.