Intensive English Program (IEP)


University of the Cumberlands only grants admission to students who seek to pursue a degree within the regular academic program of the university.  For international students with limited English skills, the Intensive English Program (IEP) provides an opportunity to make a successful transition into the undergraduate program of the university. 

The IEP program is intensive in nature.  As such, it provides the student with the opportunity to enhance their English skills at an accelerated rate.  Students who enter the program at the intermediate or advanced levels may require only one to two semesters of remedial coursework within the Intensive English Program before enrolling in regular undergraduate courses.  

Depending on their performance on the English entrance exam, students may only be required to enroll in selected IEP courses necessary to further develop some skill areas while also enrolling in a limited number of courses within the regular undergraduate program.


The Intensive English Program (IEP) at University of the Cumberlands provides four courses to address different aspects of English language skill development (Grammar, Reading and Vocabulary, Writing, and Listening and Conversation) at three levels of instruction (Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced).

Students are placed at a level of instruction equal to their skill level as determined by their performance on an English placement exam at the time of entry into the program.  Students have the opportunity to pass on to the next level each term. Each level may be repeated once if needed.

Each class meets for 3 hours of instruction weekly.  Students placed in the the full IEP program will receive a minimum of 12 hours of personalized instruction, within small classes, so students may receive the necessary assistance to help them be successful once they are enrolled in regular academic classes.

Students who may be enrolled in the regular undergraduate program, may also benefit from enrollment in selected courses (as determined by their performance on the English Entrance Exam) in order to further develop their English language skills.


Extracurricular Activities

In addition to in-class instruction each week, students will also have the opportunity to spend time using interactive media in our language lab, practice spoken English with a conversation partner, and attend various International Program and campus-wide functions.

Students are encouraged to “learn by doing” and truly take advantage of this unique opportunity for English language learning