IEP Courses

The Intensive English Program is designed to assist non-native speakers of English in improving their academic English-language skills. Students are required to attend 20 hours of instruction per week. Core 1 and 2 classes provide instruction in all language skill areas: reading, writing, speaking, listening, public speaking and presentation, and academic research and writing (15 hours per week). Core 3 Courses are offered in areas such as TOEFL and IELTS Preparation, Grammar, Conversation, and Vocabulary. (5 hours per week)

IEP Instructional Levels

IEP instructional levels: Foundation level, Academic Skills levels 1 - 5, University Bridge.Based on the results of the placement exam students take when they enter the Intensive English Program, students may begin their studies in one of the following IEP levels:

  • Foundation (beginning) – for students who need to build basic English-language skills
  • Academic Skills (intermediate) – core skills for university-study preparation
  • University Bridge (advanced) – transitional courses from the IEP to the university and for students who plan to receive a TOEFL waiver* for undergraduate and graduate studies

Taking University Classes (TUC): Students enrolled in Academic Skills level 3 or higher who are academically eligible may substitute university credit courses for one or more IEP courses. This feature allows students to begin working on their undergraduate or graduate degrees at CSUN while they are enrolled in IEP.

*Students who meet certain qualifications are eligible to enter an undergraduate or graduate degree program at CSUN – or a partnering institution – without taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination. See IEP with Conditional Admission.

Successful Completion of the Intensive English Program

Successful completion of the CSUN IEP program is strongly recommended to support the academic success of international students who enroll in degree programs at CSUN. Read more details outlining the Successful Completion of the Intensive English Program.

Enrollment Verification of Intensive English Program

All IEP courses are graded and included on the official CSUN transcript. A transcript can be requested via the CSUN Admissions & Records office. If you have any questions regarding obtaining transcripts, please contact us at

Students may also request a letter verifying enrollment, by contacting us at

IEP Support Programs

In addition to regular IEP classes, which are held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, students can receive additional, supplemental instruction after class.

Test Preparation

Students enrolled in the IEP are required to take one afternoon class, five hours per week. Those who plan to take the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS exam may enroll in a test prep course as required core and course. These classes are held Monday through Thursday from 1-2:05 p.m.

Practice Tests

In addition to the TOEFL/ IELTS test prep courses, student have the opportunity to take the following:

  • Complete practice TOEFL iBT test
  • Cambridge IELTS Pretest


The Tutoring Center is a free service offered only to the currently enrolled IEP students with the primary purpose of guiding students to become independent readers, writers and speakers of English. Tutors, university students studying linguistics or a related field, facilitate student learning by providing one-on-one assistance and support in a comfortable, non-threatening atmosphere where students can express their concerns about their skills. Through questioning, modeling and discussion of various strategies and techniques, tutors will help students gain confidence in their English language abilities.

What The Tutoring Center Can Do To Help You:

  • Understand your homework or essay assignments
  • Recognize and learn how to correct your most common grammar and punctuation errors and offer Tutoring Center materials to help you learn more about these errors
  • Practice pronunciation in general and for class presentations
  • Practice reading skills
  • Find a focus on a topic and brainstorm some ideas to begin your essay
  • More fully develop your thesis and ideas for your essay topic
  • Integrate resources and documentation of your research paper
  • Clarify the structure and organization of your essay

Activity Classes

These classes provide students with opportunities to study subjects of interest and practice their English in areas such as American Films and Culture, TOEFL preparation, Writing for the IEP newspaper, and more. These classes are taught primarily by CSUN graduate students who are finishing degrees in appropriate fields. Course duration is five weeks. Students may sign up for multiple classes.


Sample tutoring & activity classes
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
2:15-3:15 p.m. 2:15-3:15 p.m. 2:15-3:15 p.m. 2:15-3:15 p.m.

Movies and American Culture

Internet Research Grammar IEP Newspaper





3:15-4:15 p.m. 3:15-4:15 p.m. 3:15-4:15 p.m. 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Presentation Skills Seminar Conversation TOEFL Practice IELTS Practice





4:15-5:00 p.m. 4:15-5:00 p.m. 4:15-5:00 p.m. 4:15-5:00 p.m.





IEP ETS Official Testing Center

IEP is an official Certified Testing Center for the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Therefore, students can take the official TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and/or the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) exam at the IEP site.

TOEFL and TOEIC exams are offered on campus monthly for IEP students.

For information on how to register for these tests, please contact the IEP office.

IELTS Testing Center

Students can take the official Cambridge IELTS exam on the CSUN campus 5 times a year.

For more information on how to register, please contact us.


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