International students researching study opportunities in the US

Step 1: Research Your Options

English Language

The first step to English language study in the United States is researching your options to find a program that best fits your needs.  

The United States is the most popular destination for international students interested in learning English or improving their English skills. Consider a variety of factors and make sure you find the right Intensive English Program (IEP) for you. 

Curriculum
Courses range from a beginning level for those who have never studied English, to advanced courses for students who are preparing to enter a college or university in the United States. The typical curriculum is designed to improve your understanding and use of English in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

Some language programs focus exclusively on English for academic purposes. Other programs concentrate on preparation for examinations such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) and the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic.

If you are accepted into an SEVP certified U.S. university or college degree program, it may not be necessary for you to find a separate IEP. In this case, your host institution will assess your English skills (either through a standard exam, such as those listed above or by using their own English language assessment) and offer English language courses to you if you need them before the start of the program.  

Some IEPs offer "bridge" options into degree programs.  If you plan to continue on to a college or university degree program in the United States, be sure to research options for continuation before deciding on a program.

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