Most U.S. colleges and universities require international students to take a standardized test — such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) — to demonstrate their English-language skills. Students are also expected to be able to speak, read and write in English with little difficulty.
But if your English skills are not up to a school’s standards, that doesn’t mean you won’t be admitted. Some schools offer conditional admissions plans. Through such programs, students may be pre-approved for admission to an undergraduate- or graduate-degree program of their choice even if they have not yet met the English-language proficiency requirements for admission to these institutions. The students must enroll in an Intensive English Program (IEP) to improve their English-languge skills. Once they meet the university’s requirements — usually by achieving the required score on an English-language proficiency test — the students can be admitted into their chosen academic programs.
How to find IEP programs:
Intensive English USA Online is an interactive database from the Institute of International Education that helps international students find intensive English programs throughout the United States. Students can search geographic regions as well as desired academic programs.