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Intensive English Program (IEP)

cea-accredited-web-largeThe University of Tulsa is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period August 2016 through August 2021 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 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (707) 665-3400,

Program Organization

The IEP is organized into five levels of study ranging from elementary to advanced levels of proficiency. All incoming students are required to take the Michigan Placement Exam, the results of which determine their appropriate level of placement. Students are required to take all classes within a single course level regardless of higher demonstrated achievement in a particular skill area. Course sessions are conducted over a period of eight weeks, of which seven are dedicated to in-class instruction. Final exams are given in the eighth week of each session for all levels in order to assess students’ achievement of learning outcomes.

Classes meet weekly from Monday to Friday for a total of 23 contact hours. Daily classes include instruction in the functional areas of Reading, Writing, Structure (grammar), and the combined skills of Listening and Speaking. Levels four and five are required to take an additional course focusing on assessment and study skills, particularly those pertaining to the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Students in levels one through four are required to attend a regular language laboratory class four days a week to work on computer-based exercises supplementary to the general curriculum. Students are given access to the language laboratory classroom outside class hours to continue relevant course work.

EIIS Intensive English Program Proficiency Scale

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In order to be admitted to the IEP, a student must have academic admission to the University of Tulsa. A list of admission requirements can be found here.


In order to be considered for admission to the IEP, students must submit the following information:

  • A properly completed application for international students
  • A $50 application fee (non-refundable)
  • Proof of completion of a secondary school program with transcripts
  • A properly completed and certified Confirmation of Financial Resources form
  • A copy of your passport

Accurate submission of all the above material is essential to enable the admissions office to process your application in a timely manner.

Session Schedule

The IEP offers eight-week sessions throughout the school year. The dates for each session are as follows:


Fall 2018
August 16 Institutional TOEFL
August 17 Placement Exam
August 20-October 11 Classes
October 12 Placement Exam
October 15-December 13 Classes
Spring 2019
January 3 Institutional TOEFL
January 4 Placement Exam
January 7-February 28 Classes
March 1 Placement Exam
March 4-May 2 Classes
Summer 2019
May 24 Placement Exam
May 28-July 18 Classes


TUITION & FEES (2018-19)
Tuition $2,935 $14,675
International Fee $72 $360
Health Insurance $327 $1,632
Books $320 $1,600
Housing * $1,599 $7,995
Food ** $1,181 $5,905
Personal Expenses $910 $4,550
Total Living Expenses $4,010 $20,050
Total Tuition, Fees & Living Expenses $7,344 $36,717

Estimated expenses are in U.S. dollars.

* Cost is based on a double room in William F. Fisher – cost is per student

** Cost is based on a university meal plan with 12 meals per week (plus 400 Dining and 50 Game Day Dollars)

English Institute students must provide proof of private health insurance or purchase the eight-week United health insurance plan provided through The University of Tulsa. Students should understand that the United plan is valid only for the eight weeks of the session they are currently enrolled in.Students who will bring a spouse and/or children with them to the U.S. must provide the following information for each person so we may include them on your immigration document:

  • Full name
  • Relationship
  • Date and Country of Birth