The mission of the Intensive English Program (IEP) is to offer leveled English language courses to prepare non-native English speakers, including international students, for success in degree programs at the university and other academic and community settings. The IEP is committed to facilitating cross-cultural understanding and supporting the university’s values of academic excellence and inclusion.

The Washburn University Intensive English Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period August 2021 through August 2022 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.

CEA Accreditation


Academic Calendar

  • Fall 2022: August 22 to December 16
  • Spring 2023: January 17  - May 12

Tuition for 2021-2022

  • Out-of-state residents and international students: approximately $10,500 USD for 13 credit hours per semester, which is 18 hours in the classroom per week.
  • In-state residents: $1,261 USD for each 4-credit course per semester.

 

Apply for the Intensive English Program

Students whose native language is not English must meet Washburn's English Proficiency Requirement. Any of the following can be used to satisfy this requirement.

  1. English Test Scores
    • TOEFL iBT score of 72 (18 average of Listening and Speaking, 17 for Reading, and 19 for Writing)
    • IELTS of 6.0 or above with no section score below 6.0
    • PTE of 49 or above with no section score below 40.
    • SAT of 480 on the Evidence-based Reading/Writing section and an interview (can be online) with IEP Coordinator, International Programs Director, or International Programs Coordinator of Recruiting and Retention
    • ACT English section score of 22 or above and an interview (can be online) with IEP Coordinator, International Programs Director, or International Programs Coordinator of Recruiting and Retention
    • Duolingo English Test (DET) – Overall Score of 95 with no placement scores below 95 being calculated according to the following chart:

Writing Placement

Reading Placement Speaking/Listening Placement
Average of Literacy and Production scores Average of Literacy and Comprehension scores Average of the following sets of scores: (Conversation + Compression)/2 and (Conversation + Production)/2

  1. English test scores for graduate students:
    • TOEFL iBT score of at least 80 or 6.5 on the IELTS with balanced sub-scores for students from non-English speaking countries. Please note that certain departments may have higher TOEFL/IELTS requirements. Graduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree at a U.S. institution may be required to take a reading and research course.
  2. Completion of both Level III of all the Intensive English courses at WU with grades of "C" or better.
  3. Completion of an Intensive English Program at another U.S. institution comparable to Washburn's program. Washburn's IEP staff determine the compatibility.
  4. Proof of citizenship from one of the countries on this List of English Speaking Countries.
Testing: Please take one of the above tests before or at the time of application to WU.  Send scores directly to WU through the testing website or at the time of the test.  If you send unofficial scores to our office by email, you will need to send original soon after test or bring it with you and show upon arrival at WU.  For Duolingo English Test scores, please log in and send your results directly to Washburn University.  English proficiency test results are sent to WU before arrival.  Students who do not have test scores upon arrival will enter the Intensive English program at Level 1 of the 3 levels.  

Please also note:

Students who cannot meet the English proficiency requirements will be admitted to the Intensive English Program and placed in classes according to test scores and transcripts. Intensive English course requirements must be taken first before other academic courses. Certain departments may have higher TOEFL requirements needed when you apply to admission for their programs, such as Nursing.

Students meeting some but not all section score requirements, see IE Student Guide for more details.

Students who have completed Freshman Composition at another U.S.- based institution are not automatically exempt from Intensive English courses. They may be required to take the reading or speaking/listening course if needed.

Table of Scores needed for direct undergraduate admission (Students not meeting these scores can take Intensive English classes first)

iBT TOEFL

IELTS

Duolingo 95+

PTE - 49+

Average of Listening and Speaking Subtest Scores

18

6.0

 

>40

Reading Subtest Scores

17

6.0

 

>40

Writing Subtest Score

19

6.0

 

>40

A more detailed table can be found in the IE Student Guide.

Three levels in each of the three areas are available in spring and fall semester: Speaking and Understanding, Reading Comprehension, and Academic Writing.

Language in Context, a seminar, is required of all full-time degree-seeking Intensive English students.

All classes follow the University schedule and meet five hours per week in class each semester (16 weeks). Students can utilize the Writing Center and the tutoring service, which may be one-on-one instruction provided by or associated with the University free of charge to the students. A full-time student typically takes four courses and receives 16-18 hours of instruction for 12-13 hours of credit. In addition, students have full access to other University services and facilities, such as the health center, computer labs, libraries, and athletic events/facilities, free of charge.

IE204 is recognized as a Humanities General Education course. IE202 and 203 are recognized as general electives for non-native English speaking students and are applicable toward the undergraduate degree programs at Washburn.


IE 091 / 092 Language in Context Seminar (0-2 hrs
This course gives international students unique opportunities to experience language in local cultural contexts and challenge their application of the English language. Students will go on field trips and hear guest speakers from diverse backgrounds on relevant topics to the international student. Students will be required to complete a project and write a journal with reflections on their experiences. IE091 is offered in the fall and IE092 is offered in the spring. These courses meet for two-three hours per week but do not count toward the 120 hour baccalaureate degree requirement. Full-time Intensive English students are required to enroll in this course for 1 credit hour. No prerequisite.

Reading Comprehension
IE 072 Reading Comprehension for Academic Purposes I (4 hrs)
Students focus on learning the 1000 most common words in English and begin to do sustained content reading at a high beginning level using strategies to help them increase comprehension and gain fluency and vocabulary. Students will be able to apply grammar points presented in this course at an A2 Level. (Move from CEFR A1 to A2)

IE 102 Reading Comprehension for Academic Purposes II (4 hrs)
Students will become active readers of content in English at an intermediate level using knowledge of 2000 most common words of English and further develop their strategies for vocabulary learning and reading fluency to increase their comprehension and understanding of text organization. Students will be able to apply grammar points presented in this course at an B1 Level.

IE 202 Reading Comprehension for Academic Purposes III (4 hrs)
Students will develop academic vocabulary from AWL or New AWL, reading fluency, comprehension and strategies to become active readers and monitor and adjust their strategies to meet the demands of academic reading for university courses. Students will be able to apply grammar points presented in this course at an B2 Level.

Speaking and Understanding
IE 073 Speaking and Understanding for Academic Purposes I (4 hrs)
Students will understand and use words and phrases needed for everyday social situations and will acquire survival skills for the American college classroom. Students will be able to apply grammar points presented in this course at an A2 Level.

IE 103 Speaking and Understanding for Academic Purposes II (4 hrs)
Students will understand and use intermediate English in everyday situations, classroom interactions, short lectures on general subjects, and basic discussions. They will also give a short speech on a general subject. Students will be able to apply grammar points presented in this course at an B1 Level.

IE 203 Speaking and Understanding for Academic Purposes III (4 hrs)
Students will give an organized presentation on a college-level subject applying American rhetoric patterns and will actively participate in class discussions. They will use and understand idioms that are prevalent in the American academic and professional environment. They will also take accurate and organized notes on short academic lectures. Students will be able to apply grammar points presented in this course at an B2 Level.

Academic Writing
IE 074 Writing for Academic Purposes I (4 hrs)
Students develop the ability to compose, (i.e., comprehend, select, plan, draft) and produce essay length texts on diverse general education academic topics by applying appropriate writing strategies with basic knowledge of how to use other sources and cite without plagiarism. Students will be able to apply grammar points presented in this course at an B2 Level.

IE 104 Writing for Academic Purposes II (4 hrs )
Students will develop skills in writing intermediate-level academic paragraphs of the following types: definition, description, opinion, explaining processes. Students will be able to apply grammar points presented in this course at an B1 Level.

IE 204 Writing for Academic Purposes III (4 hrs)
Students develop the ability to compose (i.e., comprehend, select, plan, draft) and produce essay length texts on diverse general education academic topics by applying appropriate writing strategies with basic knowledge of how to use other sources and cite without plagiarism. Students will be able to apply grammar points presented in this course at an B2 Level.

Vocabulary you should learn: 

http://www.uefap.com/vocab/select/selfram.htm

Most Common 2000 Words in English - http://www2.elc.polyu.edu.hk/cill/generalServiceList.htm

Academic Word List – a list of 570 words used in all majors http://www.uefap.com/vocab/select/awl.htm


To study vocabulary: 

www.quizlet.com  Use with Flashcards+ App

www.learnersdictionary.com  Free online dictionary that is very good for learners like you!  The App is available for iPhone for $4.99 and is well worth it!


For listening and reading:

www.manythings.org/voa/scripts/


Writing and Tutoring Center at Mabee Library:

http://www.washburn.edu/student-life/tutoring-writing-center/index.html  


Grammar help:

Irregular Verb list - http://www.englishpage.com/irregularverbs/irregularverbs.html

General Grammar Help - englishpage.com

Spelling Rules - https://www.englishclub.com/spelling/


For using sources in APA format:

Writing Center

American Association of Intensive English Program

GET IN TOUCH WITH International Programs

Office of International Programs
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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