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Intensive English - 10 weeks

Students have been coming to the University of California, Davis to learn English since 1977. Here in California they fulfill their dreams and create their futures. This 10-week program is offered year-round—in fall, winter, spring and summer quarters—and includes a total of 200 hours of instruction at eight different levels of proficiency. It is ideal for those wanting to learn English for academic, professional or social purposes.

Participants must have a high school diploma or be at least 18 years old to enroll in this program. Students under the age of 18 may want to consider one of our Youth Programs.

The IEP Mission

The Intensive English Program in UC Davis Extension’s Center for International Education provides high-quality English instruction to international students seeking to improve their linguistic proficiency and attain their academic, professional, social and/or personal goals. This program offers a positive and enriching intercultural experience that builds students’ knowledge, awareness and critical thinking skills, enabling them to succeed and become leaders in global, English-speaking environments.

The IEP Program

  • Eight levels—from beginning to advanced
  • Level determined by placement exam
  • 20 hours of instruction per week, including one - two hours of self-paced work in the International Learning Center (ILC)
  • Small classes (approximately 12-18 students)
  • Free paper-based TOEFL test at the end of each quarter
  • Highly qualified and experienced instructors
  • Daily recreational, cultural and social activities with UC Davis student leaders
  • Midterm, paper-based TOEFL test
  • Optional weekend trips may include Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley, San Francisco and Los Angeles

Wide selection of elective courses:

  • Intermediate and Advanced TOEFL Preparation
  • Everyday Expressions and Idioms
  • Vocabulary Enrichment
  • Volunteer Experiences and Service Learning
  • Public Speaking Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Business Communication classes
  • Pronunciation
  • Academic Listening
  • Film Studies
  • English Through Drama
  • U.S. Culture and Society
  • Advanced Media and Discussion
  • University Seminar

Core classes depend on proficiency level and include:

  • Grammar
  • Composition
  • Reading and Vocabulary
  • Listening and Speaking
  • Critical Thinking

Study Alongside American Students

With approval, 800-level students can audit and/or take one or two undergraduate courses for credit on the UC Davis campus. The university offers classes in more than 100 departments, from psychology to engineering to art.

Partial-Term Enrollment

Students can attend the first part of any 10-week session as long as they give advance notice to the IEPP office. They must attend a minimum of four weeks of the 10-week session.

Access to Academic Support

Students receive academic advising, including help with university applications. Lectures, workshops, individual meetings and information sessions are offered quarterly to ensure successful adaptation into U.S. academic culture.

Topics have included Time Management, Preparing for Exams, Applying to U.S. Universities and Resume Writing.

Placement by English Language Ability

Intensive English Program students are placed in one of eight proficiency levels based on a written and oral evaluation. Basic- and intermediate-level students focus on core grammar, listening and speaking skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary and composition courses in addition to a learning resource component for more extensive skills practice. High intermediate students can choose from elective courses, such as Intermediate Communication Skills, American Slang and Idioms, Drama, Pronunciation, U.S. Culture and Society, and Intermediate TOEFL Preparation. More advanced English-speaking students choose from among various core classes and electives, such as Advanced Reading, Advanced Media Discussion, Public Speaking, Current Business Trends, Advanced Writing and TOEFL Preparation. Some students choose to take courses for credit on the UC Davis campus or at UC Davis Extension.

Some students stay up to a year, progressing through greater levels of mastery. Students who plan to attend graduate school in the United States or work in an American setting often spend at least one quarter improving their English skills in the Intensive English Program in order to prepare.

Field Trips

Each quarter, optional trips are planned to scenic, cultural and historic places like San Francisco, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, the Napa Valley wine region, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles. The field trips (which vary each quarter) offer a unique opportunity to see California and experience American culture with fellow students and Recreation Program Leaders.

Sample Intermediate Level Intensive English Program Schedule

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9 - 9:50 a.m. Grammar (daily)
10 - 10:50 Composition (daily)
11 - 11:50 Reading and Vocabulary (daily)
Lunch Break  
1:40 - 2:30 TOEFL Preparation (Mon. - Thurs.)
2:40 - 3:30   ILC Lab   ILC Lab  
3:30 - 5:00 Bowling Lecture Series Conversation Partners Movie and Popcorn Ice Cream Social and Outdoor Games

To apply, complete an application for enrollment now.

10-week Intensive English Program Dates and Costs*

Session Dates Tuition
Summer 2018 June 28 – Sept. 7, 2018 $3,800
Fall 2018 Sept. 27 – Dec. 7, 2018 $3,800
Winter 2019 Jan. 3 – March 15, 2019  $3,800
Spring 2019 March 27 – June 7, 2019 $3,800
Summer 2019 June 27 – Sept. 6, 2019 $3,890
Fall 2019 Sept. 26 – Dec. 6, 2019 $3,890

20-week Intensive English Program Save $300

Dates Tuition
June 28 – Dec. 7, 2018 $7,300
Sept. 26, 2018 – March 15, 2019 $7,300
Jan. 3 – June 7, 2019 $7,300
March 27 – Sept. 6, 2019 $7,390
June 27 – Dec. 6, 2019 $7,480

30-week Intensive English Program Save $650

Dates Tuition
Sept. 26, 2018 – June 7, 2019 $10,750
Jan. 3 – Sept. 6, 2019 $10,840
March 27 – Dec. 6, 2019 $10,930

Other program costs*

Fee Cost
Application fee and express mail fee (nonrefundable) $200 (one-time fee)
Student Services fee (includes general advising services, housing assistance, free end-of-the-quarter paper-based TOEFL test, access to computer labs and the International Learning Center (ILC), UC Davis library card, UC Davis email account and wireless Internet access, city bus pass, social events and afternoon activities, end-of-quarter, paper-based TOEFL test) $250 per quarter
Medical insurance $40 per week
University application advising $450 per quarter

*Prices and program dates are subject to change.