Intensive English Program

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The Intensive English Program (IEP) welcomes students with English Language levels from beginner to pre-academic. This 3 to 18-month long program focuses on developing listening, speaking, reading and writing skills while providing a true American college experience. The program is also flexible to accommodate students who would like to come just for the summer months to improve their English skills.

Program Highlights

  • Small classes so you get personal attention 
  • Instructors with advanced degrees and years of teaching experience
  • Our Center for International Education offers comprehensive support before coming to campus, including pre-arrival information, new student orientation, and immigration advisement
  • Airport pick up
  • On-campus housing options
  • Full access to University clubs, activities, resources and services, including the library, student recreation center and health services as well as events and social activities provided by the English Language Institute
  • Conditional Admission is available for students who successfully complete the ELI program, pass an internal exit exam, and meet the Rider University requirements for admission

ELI Session Dates for 2020-2021

Term Arrival Dates Orientation Session Dates Year
Spring A January 23 January 24 January 27 - March 14 2020
Spring B March 18 March 19 March 23 - May 8 2020
Summer A May 14 May 15 May 18 - July 1 2020
Summer B July 2 July 3 July 7 - August 18 2020
Fall A August 29 August 30 September 9 - October 23 2020
Fall B October 24 October 25 October 26 - December 11 2020
Spring A January 21 January 22 January 25 - March 12 2021
Spring B March 17 March 18 March 22 - May 7 2021
Summer A May 13 May 14 May 17 - July1 2021
Summer B July 2 July 2 July 5 - August 19 2021
Fall A September 6 September 7 September 8 - October 22 2021
Fall B October 25 October 25 October 25 - December 10 2021



From Beginner to Pre-Academic levels, the Grammar courses prepare students to master basic English sentence structures, practice written and verbal usage of grammar forms and rules, and integrate the function of grammar as it impacts the development of reading, writing, listening, speaking, and vocabulary skills. 


From Beginner to Pre-Academic levels, the Reading/Writing courses prepare students to master simple sentence and paragraph structures, develop vocabulary and grammar skills to improve writing, and practice writing academic paragraphs and short essays that respond directly to assigned readings.  


From Beginner to Pre-Academic levels, the Listening/Speaking courses prepare students to develop listening and speaking skills related to themes and ideas introduced in class and assigned text units. TED Talks, interviews, lectures and other genres are used to address authentic language.


From Beginner to Pre-Academic levels, the Pronunciation courses prepare students with intensive practice in the pronunciation of spoken English focusing on vowels, consonants, rhythm and stress, developing the speaking and listening skills necessary for classroom discussions, and developing the pronunciation and communication skills necessary for participation in academic presentations and college level discourse.


This course is designed for advanced students to provide clearly defined strategies to improve test scores including diagnostic pre and post-tests and exercises for all skills for test preparation. The course focuses on listening, structure, reading, vocabulary, and integrated skills.

GMAT Verbal and Writing

Students will develop test-taking strategies for all English language sections of the GMAT including Intensive Problem Solving, Reading Comprehension, Writing, and Critical Reasoning. 


In the News
This class focuses on listening and speaking fluency as students learn to comfortably discuss current news events and develop their skills in giving speeches and debating their opinion.  Students will have the ability to develop oral fluency, cultural knowledge, pronunciation, and the organization of ideas for better communication. This class is for High Intermediate levels and above.

Current News
This class focuses on reading and writing about current events. Students will learn how to summarize and analyze current events through discussion and formal writing. Students will have the ability to develop organizational skills, cultural and social knowledge, and analytical skills.  

Number of Hours

18 hours per week (part time study is also available for qualified students)

Entrance Requirements

Students are encouraged to submit scores from TOEFL, IELTS, or other language exams, but there are no academic requirements to enter the program.  Students will be placed into an appropriate level determined by an entrance exam.

Start Dates

Six times a year: September, October, January, March, May and July
View the academic calendar.


Tuition and fees

Sample IEP Student Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Writing Reading Writing Reading
Listening and Speaking Writing Listening and Speaking Writing Listening and Speaking
Grammar TOEFL Preparation Grammar TOEFL Preparation Grammar
Pronunciation TOEFL Preparation Pronunciation TOEFL Preparation Pronunciation