The Intensive English for Internationals (IEI) program, through the Center for International
Programs and Services at the University of Memphis, offers comprehensive study of
the English language to students from around the world. Due to the highly academic
nature of the curriculum, IEI prepares students for entry into graduate and undergraduate
programs throughout the United States. Additionally, the IEI program offers courses
to foreign professionals living in the Memphis area to improve their working knowledge
of English. Students have many varied opportunities to interact with other participants
in a friendly and professional learning environment and to become an integral part
of the university community and its urban setting.
The University of Memphis offers non-credit intensive English language study for university-bound
students as well as others who wish to become proficient in English. We offer five
8-week sessions during the academic year with starting dates in January, March, June,
August and October. Classes are small and designed to develop communication and academic
skills in English through speaking, listening, reading, and writing.
We offer seven levels of instruction, from beginning to advanced. However, students
are expected to have a basic knowledge of English upon entering. New students are
tested at the beginning of each session and placed in the appropriate level. Full-time
students study 23 hours per week. F-1 students must enroll full-time; students who
do not have an F-1 visa may attend full- or part-time. The Director can help such
students choose appropriate classes.
Reading/ Writing and Grammar classes meet every morning Monday through Friday. Afternoon
classes, which meet Monday through Thursday, include listening/ speaking classes and
modules. The program is designed to be rigorous and challenging, and students are
expected to work diligently to improve their English. However, there is also time
for fun and friendship, including field trips to area sites.