International Education - Intensive English Program (IEP)

Pierce College's Intensive English Program provides an excellent way to learn English quickly. It is a first-rate program with dedicated, qualified, and dynamic instructors who love teaching international students. In fact, most instructors and staff have lived and worked overseas themselves and speak Japanese, Korean, Chinese, French, Spanish, German, and more!

Full-time IEP students study English for 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday. The program is divided into four levels of instruction, from beginner to advanced. Classes are offered in grammar, writing, reading, listening and speaking. The sessions run for 10 weeks, but students may register for fewer weeks. (Students who do not enroll in a full session will have their tuition and fees pro-rated.)

How long a student spends in the program depends on a number of factors, including:

  • How much English they knew when they started.
  • Their goals.
  • How much effort they put into their studies.
  • Participation in extracurricular activities, such as theatre or International Club.
  • Whether they live alone, with an American family, or with friends from their country.

Many students need just one quarter in the IEP before they are ready to enter regular college classes. However, some may need three to six quarters to complete the program, depending on the above variables and other factors. For course information please follow this link:

Degree and Course Information - International Education

Additional information and updates about IEP are available on the
Intensive English Program (IEP) blog.


Admission information

To be eligible for Pierce College's IEP, students must be high school graduates or admitted to Pierce College's High School Completion program. Students who have not yet graduated from high school may enroll in the IEP only during summer quarter (June-August).

Students who complete the IEP have guaranteed admission to Pierce College's University Transfer or Professional/Technical programs.

*Please note that individual groups can arrange special summer programs by contacting our Special Programs Manager, Cindy MacKersie.

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