About the Intensive English Language Program (IELP)
|IELP at a Glance
Established in: 1964
Number of students:
ranges from 350-500, representing over 35 countries
6 levels of English instruction
18 hours/week of instruction
class size: 16-18 students
Credit classes available
minimum TOEFL score required
The TOEFL score requirement for PSU undergraduate
admission can be reduced upon successful completion of IELP level
Quarterly-term system classes begin
in September, January, March, & June
the PSU campus
Owned and operated by PSU
Since 1964, Portland State University (PSU) has offered academic English language
instruction to thousands of international students and non-native English speakers.
PSU's English language program is the largest university-based, English-as-a-second-language
(ESL) program in Oregon. We are also one of the oldest university-based
ESL programs in the western United States.
In any one term, PSU's Intensive
English Language Program (IELP) enrolls between 350-500 students from over 35
countries. Students from over 92 countries have studied in our program.
IELP offers academic English language (ESL) courses for students seeking admission
to PSU, and other U.S. universities and colleges, as well as for students, adults,
and professionals of all levels of ability who are seeking to improve their general
English skills for travel, work, or personal enrichment.
Credit courses available
Students who are admitted to PSU but are restricted to ESL courses, receive PSU academic credits for ESL courses taken in the IELP. Up to 24 credits earned in Levels 4 and 5 of the Academic Preparation program options can be applied as general education credits towards an undergraduate degree at Portland State University.
Special Admission to PSU for IELP level 5
Successful completion of IELP level 5 courses along with recommendation by the IELP Student Academic Advisor is recognized as proof of English language proficiency (equivalent to the TOEFL requirement) for admission to PSU undergraduate degree programs. Students must still meet PSU’s academic requirements for admission to PSU.
Upper Level Program Options
It’s easy to find the program that’s right for you in the upper levels of the IELP. If you want to apply to a U.S. university as an undergraduate student, you should take classes in the Undergraduate Track. If you already have an undergraduate degree and want to continue your graduate studies in the U.S., you will find what you need in the Graduate Track. For students who want to experience American culture, improve communication skills, and develop confidence in speaking and listening, the Communication and Culture Track is the right choice for you.
IELP students enjoy complete immersion and integration
on the PSU campus. ESL classes are held in regular PSU classrooms located throughout
the campus. As students walk between classes, eat in the cafeteria, study in the
library or computer lab, or play in the gym they intermingle daily with the mainstream
PSU student body.
All IELP students receive a PSU student ID card, and
have access to all university facilities,the new recreational center, student resources, activities, and events.
addition to keeping students informed of campus events, the IELP
Student Life Office plans numerous social and recreational activities for IELP
Professional and Experienced Instructors and
faculty and staff is comprised of 30 full-time teaching and administrative
faculty, several part-time instructors, full-time administrators (including
a Director, Student Life Coordinator, Student Academic Coordinator, International Student Advisor), and several multi-lingual student office assistants.
instructors hold advanced degrees in teaching English to speakers of other languages
(TESOL), or in related fields. They have many years experience teaching international
students at the university level. Additionally most IELP instructors have traveled
extensively, lived, worked, or taught English abroad.
PSU's Intensive English Language Program is within the Department
of Applied Linguistics.
The Intensive English Language Program (IELP)
provides an on-campus laboratory and practicum environment for undergraduate and
graduate students enrolled in the Department of Applied Linguistics TESL
Certificate and MA TESOL Programs. PSU students in the TESL Certificate and
MA TESOL Programs serve as conversation partners, tutors, and teaching assistants
in the IELP.
The IELP Office and IELP International Student Advisor work
closely with the Office
of International Affairs, PSU Admissions
office, and other departments throughout campus to provide the fullest range
of support services possible for IELP students.