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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


October 23-December 19, 2018

  • Application and re-enrollment deadline: September 28
  • Placement test: October 23
  • Orientation: October 24
  • Classes: October 30-December 19
  • Cultural Activity: November 14
  • Thanksgiving holidays: November 21-23


January 3-February 28, 2019

  • Application and re-enrollment deadline: November 20
  • Placement test: January 3
  • Orientation: January 4
  • Classes: January 10-February 28
  • Martin Luther King Jr. holiday: January 21

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Student Document Request

Request for Change of Placement