About the Program

How does the IELP work?

Classes are offered in 8-week sessions. There are five 8-week sessions offered throughout the year. Students take a placement test and enroll in the number of sessions necessary to achieve their desired English language level. There are seven levels of English offered, from basic to university-ready advanced.

Language Levels

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Short-term Study Available

In addition to 8-week sessions, if students are interested in shorter courses, the IELP offers ten 4-week sessions throughout the year.

Courses

Full-time students study 20 hours per week, which includes two core classes and one elective course.

Core Courses (16 hours)

  • Listening/Speaking (8 hours per week)
  • Reading/Writing (8 hours per week)

Elective English Courses (4 hours)

  • Elective courses include Business English, English for Science and Engineering, American Pronunciation & Accent Reduction, Conversational English, Grammar, Academic Vocabulary, American Film, American Music, and more.

Part-time students can choose to study 4–16 hours per week.

Conditional Admission to UAlbany

IELP students who successfully complete the IELP program are NOT required to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score for admission to all Undergraduate programs and some Graduate programs.

Who is eligible:

  1. Students who meet academic requirements of the desired degree program.
  2. Students who do not have the required TOEFL or IELTS score.
  3. Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

To learn more, visit Conditional Undergraduate Admissions or Graduate Admissions.           

Choose your Pathway Program into UAlbany

1. Fast-Track Pathway with Conditional Admissions
The fastest way for conditionally admitted IELP students to enter the university is to complete the IELP successfully at the Advanced 2 level. This is the most common pathway through the IELP and into UAlbany. Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more. 

Students may also receive pre-placement in the IELP at the Advanced Level with submitted scores of 5.5 on the IELTS or 61 on the iBT. Conditionally admitted students can finish the IELP in just one semester and then enter UAlbany for Undergraduate studies.

2. Guided Pathway (Starting your Academic Program with guided support and services while an IELP student)
IELP provides a chance for students to take an academic class as advanced IELP students for one semester for credit with assistance, support, and guidance from IELP faculty. Contact IELP@albany.edu for more information.

3. UA-USA Experience (Concurrent Enrollment)
Another popular pathway is for IELP students to be concurrently enrolled. Current Enrollment allows non-degree students to take IELP classes and UAlbany courses at the same time to experience the American University educational system. Contact IELP@albany.edu for more information.

4. Academic and Language Skills Boot Camp
This four-day intensive course is designed for International Students who will begin their academic studies at UAlbany in the fall or spring. Students learn the key skills that promote success in university study for a broad range of majors. Learn more.

How much does the Intensive English Language Program cost?

Costs are subject to change at any time, without notice.

8-Week Session

IELP Program Fee (Tuition) IELP Service Fee Total IELP Application Fee (one-time)
$2,100 $175 $2,275 $130
University Comprehensive Service Fee * International Health & Emergency Assistance Insurance    
$328 $117.90 per month  

* University Comprehensive Service Fee covers most health center services, access to technology, bus service and parking facilities. 

Other Fees - New students who arrive late will need to pay a late testing fee of $50. Students who transfer their I-20 to another program or school before beginning at least one session at UAlbany will pay a $500 Transfer without Enrolling fee.

4-Week Session

IELP Program Fee (Tuition) IELP Service Fee Total IELP Application Fee (one-time)
$1,575 $131.25 $1706.25 $130
University Comprehensive Service Fee * International Health & Emergency Assistance Insurance
$164 $117.90 per month

* University Comprehensive Service Fee covers most health center services, access to technology, bus service and parking facilities.

Other Fees - New students who arrive late will need to pay a late testing fee of $50. Students who transfer their I-20 to another program or school before beginning at least one session at UAlbany will pay a $500 Transfer without Enrolling fee.

Housing
Students have many housing choices: UAlbany residence halls (dormitories), homestays with American families, and off-campus apartments. Download a summary of housing options.

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