Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program (IEP) offers high-quality, student-centered instruction and advising that prepares international students for success at Colorado State University (CSU), or other universities in the United States. The IEP creates a welcoming environment for both learning and living in a new culture, where all feel safe and supported. The IEP is accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA).

Application and admission to the IEP is easy. There are no application fees and the process only requires:

  • Proof of school leaving certificate and/or proof of graduation
  • A copy of your academic transcripts
  • A copy of your passport

If you are interested in joining the IEP, we encourage you to fill out the free application today.



The IEP is for students who have basic English skills, but need more English instruction and improvement to be successful in a U.S. higher education setting. We do not offer a program for students who have no English experience.

Highlights of being an IEP student are that:

  • You will improve your English language skills.
  • You will receive academic and personal support to ensure a smooth transition to your degree-seeking plan and goals.
  • You will study alongside students from around the world who are improving their English language skills.
  • Once you successfully complete the IEP experience, you can transition directly into your degree-seeking academic courses.
  • Many students complete the Intensive English program in 1-2 semesters (one full academic year). You will be placed in the appropriate IEP level during new student orientation based on an English placement exam.

As an undergraduate student, the IEP is right for you if you fall into the following categories:

  • TOEFL (IBT) score of less than 72
  • IELTS Academic score of less than 6.0
  • Duo Lingo score of less than 100
  • ACT English/Reading scores of less than 20
  • SAT evidence-based reading and writing score of less than 520
  • No test score, but some experience with English in school or life setting
  • View the additional English proficiency requirements or waivers.

As graduate students, the English proficiency scores and requirements vary by program. Please work directly with your program. To learn more, visit the Graduate School’s website.

Students that meet or exceed the English requirements listed above may apply directly to CSU. To get started, please visit this webpage.


The IEP program is an intensive, immersive language experience that is either one, two, or three-semesters long, based on the needs of each individual student. When students start the program, they will receive personalized testing and feedback that places them in the right level of English instruction. The faculty are highly experienced and have earned advanced degrees in teaching English as an additional language. IEP courses are not CSU credit-bearing courses but rather are specifically designed for IEP students before advancing into CSU or another university. Classes are scheduled every day throughout the semester and are designed to focus on the important skills needed to be a successful university student:

  • Reading and Writing
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Grammar
  • Academic study skills

Special programs and fun events are organized throughout each semester to help IEP students connect with other students, the CSU campus and community, and enjoy the beautiful Rocky Mountains. You will love this PLACE!

Semester-Long Program Info

Semester-long IEP sessions are structured by level (1, 2, or 3) and scheduled on semester basis following the CSU academic calendar.  Students can start their IEP program at any semester. The upcoming session dates are:


Summer 2023: May 15, 2023
Fall 2023:
August 21, 2023 (orientation begins August 17)
Spring 2024: January 16, 2024 (orientation begins January 11)

Estimated IEP Costs

The IEP is very affordable and the application is free and easy. Here is a breakdown of costs per year:

PLACE Estimated Costs: Fall/Spring

Estimated expenses for Fall/SpringPer Semester
IEP program fee (tuition)*0-6 credits: $2,500
7-12 credits: $4,400
13+ credits: $6,200
CSU fees** (based on max 21 credits)$1,470
Living and personal expenses**$6,835
Other expenses (books and supplies)$300
Health insurance (Fall/Spring)**$686/$745
Term/semester total project cost (based on 13+ credits in Fall/Spring)$15,491/$15,550

PLACE Estimated Costs: Summer

Estimated expenses for Summer
IEP program fee (tuition)*$6,200
CSU fees** (based on max 21 credits)$1,053
Living and personal expenses**$4,558
Other expenses (books and supplies)$300
Health insurance**
(not applicable if attending in Spring term)
Term/semester total project cost$12,515

* This includes all tuition and fees for fully enrolled IEP students.
** Refer to this page for a more detailed breakdown of costs.

How to apply

The application for our Intensive English Program is free and easy. To get started, please follow these steps:

  1. Create your application using the ‘Apply Now‘ button below
  2. On the application page, click “Create an account” under the section titled First-time users
  3. Enter your information, including email address, name, and birthdate. You’ll then be asked to create a password.
  4. Once your account is activated, select Start New Application. Select the term (date) you wish to apply for and select the Non-Degree option (example: Fall 2023 Non-Degree). Do not select any other options. Once you have selected the Non-Degree option, you can begin your application and choose your entry term:
    1. Intensive English – 1st Session (begins in August for the Fall term and January for the Spring term)
    2. Intensive English – 2nd Session (begins in October for the Fall term, March for the Spring term)
  5. Complete each section and submit your application!

Applications are processed on a rolling basis, as they are received. If you have any questions about your application or need help with getting started, please contact

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Mid-Semester Foundational Programs

Our mid-semester foundational programs are designed to help students get acclimated to the Intensive English Program while also learning more about U.S. culture, Colorado State University, and the classroom setting in general. These 8-week programs often start during the middle of the CSU academic semester and will help prepare students to advance to the full IEP program.

Contact the PLACE admissions team for more information about upcoming foundational programs.


The foundational IEP program is affordable and the application is free and easy. If you are interested in getting started with a foundational course, we encourage you to contact us today.

Estimated expenses for 2022-2023Per 8 Weeks
IEP program fee (tuition)*$3,000
CSU fees** (based on max 21 credits)$1,470
Living and personal expenses**$3,418
Other expenses (books and supplies)$300
Health insurance**$372
Term/semester total project cost$8,560

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Sponsored Students

We work with many government and private sponsors worldwide to provide English language to small and large student cohorts. We always work with our sponsors to make sure that students are meeting credit hour requirements, progressing within our coursework, and maintaining their standing at CSU. If you work with a sponsoring organization and would like to discuss partnership opportunities, please contact us at

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