Intensive English Program

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Introduction to the Intensive English Program

Prospective students interested in attending Benedictine University who do not meet the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) requirements for regular admission may attend the Intensive English Program. The program is designed to prepare students for success in an academic environment. Students will attend 20 hours a week of intensive full-time instruction, in addition to participating in campus activities outside of the classroom. The program credit hours fulfill the full-time enrollment requirements for students studying on an F visa. Students who meet program requirements can begin studying academic coursework while still completing their intensive English courses, providing a pathway to a degree. For more information, please contact admissions@ben.edu or (630) 829-6300.

Intensive English Program (IEP)

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a two-semester program with opportunities to earn undergraduate degree credit during the second semester.  Classes are limited to 15 students, and after successful completion of the program, students can waive the language proficiency requirement.

  • Full-time intensive language instruction with opportunities to participate in undergraduate degree courses
  • All instructors hold a master’s degree
  • The program allows access to a variety of courses in English language and American culture, strategies for test-taking, and study skills, and opportunities to attend university events
  • Successful completion of the intensive English courses provides a pathway to a degree

Admission Requirements: 46 TOEFL iBT (450 paper-based) or 5.5  International English Language Testing System (IELTS)