Intensive English Program Goes Online this Fall

International students posing for picture in front of the Oviatt Library

Campus classrooms are quiet, but classes are more dynamic than ever! All programs offered through the Tseng College will run in a virtual format this fall.  That includes the Intensive English Program, which for the first time won’t greet students in person.  “IEP will be fully online in the fall,” said Vanessa Andrade, director of International Partnership and Program Development for the Tseng College.  

IEP classes prepare international students with the English language skills needed to attend CSUN or any U.S. college or university.  Despite the shift from the on-campus experience, enthusiasm for IEP remains high.  Classes start August 17, 2020.

Fall IEP will provide international students with the same comprehensive program as if they attended in person. “The online program is designed with a distance learning team,” Andrade said.  “It is a robust educational program that includes support services, tutoring, test preparation and all the college’s resources.”

The transition to virtual learning includes taking other time zones into account.  “We changed the class delivery time from the morning to 4-9 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, Monday through Thursday, to meet the needs of our international student population,” Andrade said.  “You attend live online classes at a time that fits your time zone.”  IEP students can attend class online and also view the class again on their computers.

For students enrolled in the IEP with Conditional Admission program, they can still pursue their studies at CSUN by enrolling in IEP.  “Nothing has changed in terms of international admission to CSUN,” Andrade said.  You can complete the IEP program and then enroll in a CSUN program in spring/fall 2021.  You can take the IEP program in the comfort of your home, saving the cost of living here, and still achieve your goal to attend CSUN as a degree-seeking student.”

Students with sufficient English skills also can take the IEP online program and undergraduate credit courses at the same time.  “That is a big benefit,” Andrade said.  “Opportunities are broad for IEP online students.  They continue to have the same benefits, with a full catalog of CSUN classes.”

Despite the COVID-19 disruption, virtual studies at CSUN continue uninterrupted.  “Don’t stop pursuing your goals,” Andrade urged.  “Pursue your goals and use our online IEP as a bridge to those goals.”

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