Intensive English Courses


Program Description

There's no substitute for learning English immersed in the language and culture!

The Pittsburg State University Intensive English Program provides a variety of specific language and cultural services to international students. The main objectives of the IEP are to raise students' English language level, through quality classroom instruction and to prepare students to pursue their academic degree programs at Pittsburg State University. Furthermore, IEP strives to provide opportunities for students to experience and learn about American culture.

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a full-time program featuring two 15-week semesters (Fall and Spring) during the academic year and one 9-week session during the Summer. Classes are offered at two levels, intermediate and advanced. Students spend approximately 18 hours per week in class, taking courses in grammar, reading, listening/speaking, writing, and academic preparation. The program is flexible, and every effort is made to meet individual student needs. 

The successful completion of the Advanced Level of the Intensive English Program (Academic Preparation Course) is the equivalent of a 79 TOEFL score and can be substituted for the TOEFL requirement for many undergraduate and graduate programs at Pittsburg State University. 

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Skill Development Resources

All PSU students have free access to these additional English skill-building resources and support services: 

  • Writing Center
  • Conversation Partners
  • Student Success Center
  • PSU Library Services
  • Toastmasters
  • Pitt Pal Program
  • Friendship Family Program

Cultural & Language Activities

The Intensive English Program organizes activities each semester to help students learn about the United States and to practice your English. These activities may include holiday celebrations, parties, bowling, trips to museums, trips to local places of interest, shopping trips, picnics, and trips to a major metropolitan area or attraction. 

IEP students may use the recreational facilities at PSU, such as racquetball courts, basketball courts, swimming pool, recreation center, gym, and a weight room. In addition, concerts, sporting events, and other campus activities are open to IEP students.


Below are the estimated expenses for one semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer) based on the 2018/2019 academic year. 

One semester non-resident rate

Tuition & Fees $6514
Living Expenses $3889
Health Insurance $713
Books & Supplies $500
Orientation/Compliance $55
Total $11,671

One semester resident rate (Kansas-Paraguay Students)

Tuition & Fees $3649
Living Expenses $3889
Health Insurance $713
Books & Supplies $500
Orientation/Compliance $55
Total $8,806


The Intensive English Program is offering up to a $1000 scholarship per semester while funding is available.  

Payment Plan 

Payment is due during the first week of classes. A payment plan is available for you to make four monthly installments during the semester. 



  • Fall Semester (August-December)
  • Spring Semester (January-May)
  • Summer Session (June-July)

For those students wanting to attend IEP for 8-weeks only, you may join in January, March, June, August or October with special permission. This is for the Intermediate Level only. Students will be responsible for all prior course content. 

Step 1

Submit an application for admission and pay the application fee. 

  • IEP Application: 
    • Online Application (Preferred)
    • Printable Application PDF
  • Pay the $60 application fee (non-refundable)

Step 2

Submit the following documents:

  • Certified bank statement or financial guarantee
  • Financial Statement of Support form
  • Mailing Address & Mailing Fee form
  • Copy of passport (if available) 

These documents can be emailed to 

For conditional admission into an academic program, you will also need to submit school transcripts/academic records (and English translations).

Step 3

Take the online Duolingo English Test for pre-assessment purposes. 

Please take this online test from any computer with Internet access, webcam, and microphone/speakers. The test can be taken anytime at your convenience and will take about 45 minutes to complete. The test scores will be sent to PSU in 48 hours. Select Pittsburg State University when registering for the test. The cost is $49. Once you arrive at PSU and enroll in IEP, the $49 test fee will be refunded to you in the form of a tuition waiver with proof of receipt. 

You may also submit a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score for pre-assessment purposes only. 

IEP Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must have completed high school to be admitted into IEP.
  • For conditional admission, applicants must meet the admission requirements for the academic program. Only one application is needed. Please complete the undergraduate or graduate application process for conditional admission. 
Last updated May 2020

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