The IEP at the University of Mississippi offers academic English courses from basic to advanced levels with a curriculum designed to prepare you to interact in the English-speaking academic, social, and professional world. As part of the IEP, you will have the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and participate in University organizations and activities.
Our faculty, staff, the Department of Modern Languages, and the greater Office of Global Engagement team are committed to helping you achieve your academic goals as well as providing you with an exciting international experience.
During the Fall and Spring semesters, the Intensive English Program (IEP) offers five levels of intensive English language instruction: beginning, intermediate, high intermediate, advanced, and advanced plus (which is also known as our bridge program).
Each level of instruction is designed to be completed in one semester and consists of courses in four core skill areas as well as content-based courses that have been designed to meet student needs. Language study is directed by a set of student learning outcomes (SLOs), which build on each other to ensure that IEP students are working toward the skills they will need at the university. These SLOs have been selected and organized based on research and recommendations for best practice in English language instruction.
Classes meet 3 or 4 days a week for a total of 18-20 hours of instruction per week. Students at each level of instruction (except for Advanced Plus) are required to take courses in Speaking & Listening, Reading, Writing, and Grammar, as well as two to three content courses. Content-based courses include, for example, courses in American Culture, Conversation, and Pronunciation. Students at the Advanced Plus level take six courses designed to introduce them to academic work in American universities, including English for Academic Purposes, English in the Sciences, Business English, and Literature Written in English. All courses incorporate modern technologies that assist in language learning,
Students at the University of Mississippi have a variety of housing options. Many of our incoming students choose to stay in our newly built, state-of-the-art residence halls.
Students are also eligible to live off-campus. There are several affordable options, both furnished and unfurnished, for individuals, families, and small groups.