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About the IEP


The mission of Texas Christian University (TCU) is to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community.

The mission of the Intensive English Program (IEP) at TCU is to equip individuals to communicate thoughtfully and actively in English.

About the IEP

The aim of the IEP at TCU is to help students advance rapidly toward their academic, professional or personal English language goals. Advanced-level IEP students may enroll in TCU courses for degree credit while in the noncredit, certificate program. (Undergraduate degree program candidates should visit the TCU Admission page at Successful completion of the Advanced-level IEP allows applicants to the undergraduate program to waive the TOEFL admission requirement.)

An IEP student begins at his/her own level and studies intensively at least 20 hours each week. This assumes that the individual starting into the IEP is indeed already a good “student” and that her or his “level” starts with some prior work in and study of the English language. Moreover, the program classes of instruction are limited intentionally to 18 “clock hours” weekly to allow for the students to spend at least 2 additional hours outside of classes studying. Outside of class, IEP students work in a computer learning lab, take standardized English exams, and meet one-to-one with conversation partners (native English speaking TCU students, staff or faculty members who speak with the IEP students in English and sometimes in another language known by the IEP student and being studied by the partner). Classes are organized into teams of 15 or fewer students. The average class size is 12 students.

The IEP sessions begin in January, March, May, July, August and October.   For more information about applying to the IEP, please click on the admissions tab.