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The Intensive English Program (IEP) was established as part of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1970.

International students from all over the world choose this university-based program for its excellent teaching and outstanding student services.


The mission of the program is to provide intensive English language instruction and academic training for international students who intend to enter American universities or improve their ability to use English for professional purposes.


IEP instructors at Xavier University are trained and dedicated professionals who are well qualified to help international students master English and adjust to life in the United States. All IEP faculty at Xavier University have obtained graduate degrees in TESOL, applied linguistics, or a related specialty and have several years of professional experience.


The Intensive English Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period August 2016 through August 2026 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the US. For further information about the accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400,

The Intensive English Program is also a member of The American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP).


Students who complete the Intensive English Program are prepared to use English in academic and professional settings.

Students who complete the advanced level of the Intensive English Program with grades of "B" may waive the standardized English examination requirement for undergraduate admission at Xavier University.
About Xavier

Xavier University is a private, Catholic, Jesuit University established in 1831. Xavier University has been recognized for the past several years as one of the nation's best Midwestern colleges and universities by US News and World Report. The University has 6,450 students, including nearly 4,000 full-time undergraduates. In addition to the ESL Program, the University offers more than 75 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in 10 areas, including an accredited MBA program. For more information about the University or degree programs, please see to Academics/Programs of Study.

ESL students at Xavier have full access to campus facilities, including libraries, computer labs, dining services and recreational facilities. The Office of International Student Services provides students with arrival assistance, immigration advising, adjustment and personal assistance, as well as programs and activities.

About Cincinnati

Xavier University is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, a beautiful, historic city on the Ohio River. The population of greater Cincinnati is 1.9 million people, a size that allows for the cultural attractions of a large city and the friendliness of a smaller town. The city's strong economy, many cultural and recreational activities, varied ethnic groups and relative safety have contributed to Cincinnati's reputation as one of the "Most Livable Cities in North America."


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