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The undergraduate curriculum is divided into eight levels of reading, of writing, grammar, and listening and speaking. Each level of reading, writing or grammar consists of one eight-week class in each area. 

Undergraduate IEP Courses

IEP students have more than 20 hours of language instruction each week in four classes:

  • Listening and Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar

This picture shows an example of the class schedule for a typical IEP student. (Students in the Grad CAP program may have a different schedule.)

Graduate IEP Courses

The Graduate Conditional Admission Program (Grad CAP) is designed to prepare qualified students in graduate level research and communication skills in the English language. Students take one semester-long reading course and one writing course. Upon completion of the Grad CAP coursework with a grade of “A” or “B” a student may enter the graduate school, and certain graduate programs, in lieu of satisfying a standardized language test requirement.

Students are eligible to take the Grad CAP courses if they:

  • have a bachelor’s degree, and
  • have completed the undergraduate IEP program of study, or have a TOEFL of 61 or an IELTS score of 5.5 or greater, or
  • by departmental permission.


The IEP provides undergraduate students with instruction in 8 levels of proficiency. Students may be placed in different levels for each class (Reading, Writing, Grammar, and Listening/Speaking). Individual placements for each skill area help our students move quickly through the program as they practice each skill at exactly the right level.

At the graduate level, IEP students study literacy, research, and communication skills necessary for success in graduate coursework. Grad CAP consists of one level.


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