Structure of the Intensive English Program

IEP students build practical English skills for general, academic or professional purposes. Following the learning objectives outlined by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), the IEP offers English courses at seven levels, ranging from elementary to advanced – that is, from basic to proficient user. While Levels 1-4 concentrate on General English, there is a deep focus on English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at Levels 5-7.

Levels 1-4

In Levels 1-4, students concentrate on developing fundamental English skills in an interactive classroom setting. Course work emphasizes those skills necessary for effective oral and written communication. Instruction covers all areas of language development: practical vocabulary, basic language structures, and the essentials of reading, writing, listening and speaking, and grammar.

Levels 5-7

In Levels 5-7, students continue to develop fluency and accuracy. Course work focuses on both comprehensive skills and learning English for Academic Purposes (EAP). This includes the fundamentals of essay writing and the development of critical reading, listening and note-taking skills. On successful completion of levels 5 and 6, IEP students are considered meeting the English proficiency requirement for NPU bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, respectively.


Each level is comprised of 4 courses (Listening & Speaking, Reading, Writing and Grammar), and each course consists of 5 hours of classroom instruction per week, making a total of 20 hours.