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Glasscock School of Continuing Studies

Intensive English Program

The Rice University Intensive English Program is open to non-native speakers of English who have a serious desire to improve their language skills. This challenging program is useful to working professionals and to students preparing for university study or professional programs. Students from more than 115 countries have attended the program. The course of study is based on an integrated-skills approach with listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar components. Fluency and accuracy in both spoken and written English are emphasized.

In one year, students should be able to progress through the six-level core program. Classes average 12 students and allow participants a maximum amount of individual attention and an opportunity to develop conversational skills. Classes at any specific level will depend on sufficient enrollment. Students must be open to accepting a morning or afternoon schedule as assigned by the director.

Course Information

  • Six sessions of daytime classes are offered yearly; each session is seven weeks long with 20 hours of class per week
  • Classes meet Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. on the Rice campus

Students new to the program must take the placement test. See the calendar for scheduled test dates.

Program Instructors

Intensive English Program instructors are experienced teachers with advanced degrees who employ the most recent advances in second language methodology. They frequently incorporate current, culturally relevant articles and multimedia materials to supplement regular assignments.

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Intensive English Program Calendar

January 3-February 28, 2017

  • Application and re-enrollment deadline: November 22, 2016
  • Placement test: January 3
  • Orientation: January 4
  • Classes: January 10-February 28
  • Martin Luther King Jr. holiday: January 16

March 1-April 26, 2017

  • Application and re-enrollment deadline: February 3
  • Placement test: March 1
  • Orientation: March 2
  • Classes: March 8-April 26
  • Staff development day (no classes): April 7
  • Spring holiday: April 14

See full calendar

Student Document Request

Request for Change of Placement