The IELP offers three distinct English language programs in order to meet the varying needs of international students.
The Intensive English Language Program (IELP)
This full-time intensive language program is intended especially for serious students who wish to either seek admission to an American college or university or to improve their English for business, personal or professional reasons.
The Intensive English Language Program is offered year-round. In addition to the fall and spring semesters, the IELP offers an eight-week summer session. There are 20 class hours per week. Courses are taught at the high-beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, and classes are purposely kept small so that students can receive individualized attention according to their needs. IELP students also engage in a variety of organized activities and cultural events to help ensure that they will experience the fullest possible use of the English language and increase their knowledge of American culture.
Summer Academic Institute (SAI)
The Summer Academic Institute is intended for graduate and undergraduate international students who have been accepted to the University for the Fall semester. This program gives students the opportunity to practice and improve English skills in a friendly environment before the Fall Semester begins. Students will then be able to start their studies at the University at Albany with confidence derived from familiarity with their new surroundings and knowledge of academic language skills.
ESL Courses for University Students
The Intensive English Language Program offers ESL courses for international students who are currently enrolled in the University. Oral Communication and Academic Writing courses are designed to give students the skills and practice they need to succeed in university level course work.