FAU Intensive English Institute

Established in 1995 and now housed in the Center for Global Engagement, Florida Atlantic University’s Intensive English Institute provides instruction in all areas of the English language for international students, scholars, and professionals. IEI students learn English for business or a career or for study at an American university and may choose from a variety of study options depending on goals and available study time.

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

The IEI provides two academic study tracks depending on the goals of the student and one Continuing Education track for students who wish to study only in the evenings or on Saturdays.

Conditional Admission to Florida Atlantic University

Advanced-level English students who plan to attend FAU and satisfy all academic requirements for university admission except those related to English ability have the option of applying to the IEI Conditional Admission Track (formerly called Program for Academic Readiness, or PAR), a two-level conditional admission program. Qualified students who are accepted into this program apply to the program and to FAU simultaneously and are granted conditional admission to degree programs at FAU based on successful completion of the IEI Conditional Admission program. Students who exhibit the appropriate level of English may enter the Conditional Admission program directly. Those who require greater assistance with English skills may start in the Intensive English Track and then move to the Conditional Admission Track when they qualify.


Intensive English Track: Learning English for Academic, Professional, and Personal Purposes

Students and Professionals who wish to learn English to advance in their careers, to achieve academic goals, or to reach personal goals may register for the Intensive English Track.

Full-time English Instruction from Beginning to Advanced Levels

Intensive English Track courses are taught by highly qualified and experienced instructors who teach classes from beginning to advanced levels (Levels 1-5). For students with different levels of ability in different subjects, we allow split placement as well. We work to provide a welcoming and supportive learning atmosphere. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am until 3:20 pm and Friday from 9:30 am until 12:20 in the fall and spring terms (summer schedules vary slightly).  Students receive instruction in the following areas:

  • Grammar
  • Reading
  • Writing and composition
  • Listening comprehension
  • Conversation and pronunciation
  • Vocabulary development
  • TOEFL and IELTS preparation (schedules vary)

In addition, students may attend tutoring sessions in the Learning Lab to receive one-on-one help for grammar, reading, and writing issues. The Lab is open from 3:15 until 4:30, Monday through Thursday to full-time students.

Part-time Study Options on the Intensive English Track

Part-Time, Morning Only Option: Available in the Fall and Spring Semesters

14 weeks; M-F, 9:30 - 12:30 pm daily (15 hours per week)

*Summer 2017 Schedule: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Students who are interested in studying during the mornings only at the Intensive English Institute can apply for our part-time program on the Intensive English Track. Classes run from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.*, Monday through Friday, and include instruction in grammar, reading, and writing. Extra-curricular activities, TOEFL/IELTS preparation, and Learning Lab tutoring are NOT included in this program.

Students who  qualify for this program must be 18 years of age or older and must have graduated from high school. In addition, they are typically U.S. citizens, U.S. residents, spouses/adult family members of international students and visiting scholars at the IEI and at FAU (F2, J2 visas), and other temporary residents whose visa does not restrict study. Please consult with the IEI or International Services for additional information.

Mini-Session Option: Available in the Fall, Spring, and Summer Semesters

7 weeks; M-F; 23 hours per week

*Available starting in Fall 2017

Students who wish to attend for only half of a term  can do so by starting at the mid-session point. Students apply to the Intensive English Institute and must satisfy all requirements as students who attend the full session. Mini-Session students attend grammar, reading, writing, conversation, and listening classes; TOEFL/IELTS test preparation classes are not available to mini-session students. Mini-session students may attend all extra-curricular activities.




Extra-Curricular Activities

To complement the academic aspect of both the PAR and Intensive English Tracks, we provide extra-curricular opportunities such as non-academic electives, field trips, cultural events, and intramural sports. Field trips to local places of interest and organized cultural events such as Independence Day and Thanksgiving gatherings help students learn more about life and customs in the United States. Participation in these activities and sports gives our students the opportunity to interact with classmates from around the world in a casual way, further fostering language acquisition.  

English as a Second Language Evening and Saturday Classes

Students who are unable to attend our daytime courses may register for general ESL classes and English for Specific Purposes classes (Business English, Accent Reduction, and more depending on demand) which take place on the Boca Raton Campus in the evenings and on Saturdays. These classes have a slightly less academic focus and are perfect for students who live and work in the area and need to improve their level of English for their daily life.


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