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We are still accepting applications for the April 25 -June 21, 2019 session of the Intensive English Program. 

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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. 

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 must be open to accepting a morning or afternoon schedule as assigned by the director.

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


March 1-April 26, 2019

  • Application and re-enrollment deadline: February 1
  • Placement test: March 1
  • Orientation: March 4
  • Classes: March 8-April 26
  • Staff development day (no classes): April 12
  • Spring holiday: April 19

April 25-June 21, 2019

  • Application and re-enrollment deadline: March 29
  • Placement test: April 25
  • Orientation: April 26
  • Classes: May 3-June 21
  • Memorail Day holiday: May 27


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Student Document Request

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