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 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

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 (levels 1-5)
  • 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 in order to improve skill areas where they feel they need additional assistance (i.e., TOEFL/IELTS writing) or they can choose to attend selected courses for fun (such as "Movies and American Culture"). In addition, they can receive assistance on their assignments in one-on-one tutoring sessions, intensive practice in TOEFL/IELTS Boot Camp, and practice for the TOEFL iBT exam by taking one of the three complete practice tests offered every session.

Test Preparation

Students enrolled in the IEP program are required to take one elective class, one hour per day, five days per week. Those who plan to take the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS exam may enroll in a test prep 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, students have the opportunity to take three complete practice TOEFL iBT tests per session. By taking these exams, students are able to receive feedback regarding the examination areas in which they need to improve.

Activity Classes

Free Activity Classes are offered to Intensive English Program students to supplement regular program courses. 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. Students may sign up for multiple classes and take from three to 12 hours of activity classes per week.

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 class schedule
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.

Eat Healthy! Nutrition Workshop

Internet Research Grammar IEP Newspaper

TUTORING IEP Office Library

TUTORING IEP Office Library

TUTORING IEP Office Library

TUTORING IEP Office Library

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

TUTORING IEP Office Library

TUTORING IEP Office Library

TUTORING IEP Office Library

TUTORING IEP Office Library

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

TUTORING IEP Office Library

TUTORING IEP Office Library

TUTORING IEP Office Library

TUTORING IEP Office Library


AP Class Procedure: Students can attend as many activity classes as they like. Signing up for a class signifies commitment. Each one-hour class is held once a week for five weeks = 5 hours.

*These classes are subject to change.


Free after-school tutoring is also available to all IEP students for one-on-one assistance with assignments and English-language advancement.

The IEP Tutoring Center Mission Statement

The Tutoring Center is a free service offered only to IEP students with the primary purpose of guiding IEP 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.

Tutor Center Hours:

Monday – Thursday 2:15-5 p.m.

How to Schedule an appointment:

  • Come to the IEP office between 8:15-8:45 a.m. or 12:15-12:45 p.m. to schedule an appointment.
  • You will sign in at the IEP counter for your appointment time.
  • You will be given one 15-minute time slot for a homework assignment and two 15-minute time slots = 30 minutes for an essay assignment.
  • You can make an appointment for conversation practice between 4-5 p.m.

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

For online resources and practice, visit the CSUN Barbara Ann Ward Language Center.

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.

IEP Boot Camp

The TOEFL and IELTS Boot Camp is designed for IEP students who would like to

  • improve their TOEFL/IELTS test-taking skills
  • reduce test-taking anxiety and build confidence
  • accelerate the testing (and score-receiving) process

The IEP Boot Camp is offered during the breaks between the regular eight-week IEP sessions. Each Boot Camp day consists of two parts, as follows:

  • Part I (9 a.m. to 12 noon): Taking of full test for practice
  • Part II (1 to 5 p.m.): Reviewing test-taking skills and improving strategies


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