About IELP

Intensive English Language Program

The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) is a full-time program focusing on academic English language skills training for non-native speakers. The IELP is designed for students who wish to improve their English in order to gain admission to an American college or university and also for those who need to use fluent English in their professional lives.

Classes are communicative, integrating all language skills, and are taught at all levels, from high-beginning to advanced. There are 20 instructional hours per week, supplemented by test preparation sessions and homework assignments. Cultural activities and speakers are added to expand each student's ability to use English in a variety of situations.

The IELP runs year round. Intakes occur 5 times per year in Fall, Spring, and Summer in 8-week sessions. Comprehensive academic language preparation gives students skills, contacts, and experiences which help them enter their university of choice.

In addition, IELP offers a 4-week Summer Academic Institute for new graduate and undergraduate students beginning full-time study at University at Albany in the fall semester. This preparation enables many new students to get higher grades in their first semesters and improves their chances of qualifying for higher levels of study.

Program Highlights:

  • Opportunities for Conditional Undergraduate Admission to the University at Albany
  • Seven levels, from High Beginning to Advanced
  • 20 class hours per week covering academic Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation
  • Excursions, cultural activities and guest speakers
  • Professional, dedicated faculty, all of whom have Masters degrees or PhDs in Education or Linguistics
  • English-only teaching method speeds language acquisition
  • Certificate upon successful completion
  • Instruction takes place on the University at Albany's Uptown Campus, with easy access to the full range of university facilities, including libraries, computer labs, restaurants, athletic facilities and dormitories
  • Students may choose to live in university dormitories, in off-campus rental accommodations, or with homestay families 
  • Easy access to the amenities of the New York Capital Region, including free use of the public bus service
  • Member UCIEP, the consortium of top university-based English language programs