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International students studying at Eastern University through our early college initiatives are either exempted from English preparation (by IELTS or TOEFL score) or are placed into our Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) program. Placement is based on the student’s English proficiency. Students with an adequate English proficiency test score will move directly into Eastern’s English-based BA/BS programs and will receive a full year of full-time instruction and academic credit (usually between 30-36 credits). Students who require additional English preparation will enter our intensive English program (IESL). These students can expect to earn 24 credits towards their undergraduate program before successfully completing the IESL program.

The Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) Program with Earned Undergraduate Credit

The aim of this program is to help international students acquire English competence while advancing them toward their degree objectives at the same time.

A. Program Contours:

1. The Intensive English sequence includes three levels of English and is taught by native English speakers. The sequence includes four English language courses at three distinct levels of instruction. This is a Pass/No Credit program, which means students will not receive a Failing grade, but rather no credit. Only passing the Advanced level and the payment of the one-time conversion fee will result in the student being awarded 12 undergraduate credit hours in four electives:

2. Once students are accepted into the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) program, they may take the New York Language Proficiency Exam (at Eastern University) to test the proficiency in their home language. The NYU Language Proficiency Exam offers proficiency exams in over 50 languages and students who score high enough on the exam can earn up to 9 undergraduate language credits.

  • INST 101 – Intercultural Communication Skills (3.0)
  • INST 102 – US Educational Culture (3.0)
  • INST 103 – Introduction to the Basic Tenets of Christianity (3.0)
  • INST 216B – Heritage and Culture of the US (3.0)

Therefore, students who pay the one-time conversion fee and who take the NYU Language Proficiency Exam (at Eastern University) can leave the IESL program and enter their undergraduate degree programs with up to 21 undergraduate credits already completed.

** Students should expect to need two semesters in order to complete one IESL Level and must pass both with an average GPA particular to each Level as well as the SPT score particular to each Level