What to Expect

After taking a placement test during orientation week, you will be placed in one of five levels based on your results: beginner, high beginner, intermediate, high intermediate, or advanced. Classes are held at UTSA’s Main Campus and are average sized giving you personalized attention.


The Intensive English Program offers a unique educational experience, including:

  • world-class, expert faculty, who have master’s degrees in teaching English as a second language.
  • a rigorous academic program, with clear learning objectives at each level.
  • a unique dedication from faculty and staff to help you succeed academically.
  • access to all services available at The University of Texas at San Antonio.


The Intensive English Program is for anyone who wants to:

  • fulfill a personal dream of pursuing a degree from a U.S. college or university.
  • achieve professional success in the U.S. or abroad.
  • gain a significant improvement in English language proficiency while enjoying a stay in beautiful San Antonio, Texas.
Additional Programs Offered to IEP Students

Spring 2021

Orientation week: January 11 – January 15, 2021

First day of class: January 19, 2021

Final day to register: February 3, 2021

Last day of class: May 12, 2021 (last day of class has been moved back due to inclement weather the week of February 15)


Fall 2021

Orientation week: August 16 – August 20, 2021

First day of class: August 23, 2021

Final day to register: September 8, 2021

Last day of class: December 1, 2021

I had a wonderful experience with the Intensive English Program. I feel more prepared and less stressed because the IEP helped me with my English. Plus, I like San Antonio and UTSA because I can meet people from all over the world.
Iskander, Kazakhstan

I learned a lot of things here in the United States. Before I came here, I didn’t know English - only the basic words - and IEP helped me progress to understand everything better. I also loved to learn about the Texan culture. IEP helped me understand things better here. I love Texas now! UTSA has people here from every country and they are very open to us.
Orcidio, Angola

Instruction Focuses on these areas
  • Reading / Vocabulary

    You will learn to read fluently and understand a variety of academic texts. You will also learn the definitions and contextual uses of many different words.

  • Writing / Grammar

    You will be able to perform academic writing tasks, demonstrating organizational skills suitable for undergraduate and graduate level writing assignments. You will be able to incorporate complex grammar structures into your writing.

  • Oral Communication

    You will learn to speak English fluently with ease and develop pronunciation skills that can transfer over time to professional settings. You will be able to understand a wide variety of styles, register, and speech that you will find in academic and professional contexts.

  • TOEFL Preparation

    You will build testing skills necessary to complete the tasks in the TOEFL PBT and TOEFL IBT using the skills you have obtained over the course of the ESL program.

  • Accent Modification

    You will learn English rhythm, melody and clear speech through knowledge of the rules about the way English pronunciation works and various in-class exercises ranging from mechanical to open and communicative.

  • American Culture

    You will learn to listen, speak, read, and write critically in English while learning about the American Culture.

  • Academic Skills

    You will build your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English as you learn how to navigate and thrive within the American Higher Education System. You will learn the skills necessary to succeed in any U.S. college or university.

Proficiency Scale

Student may be placed in any of the 5 levels of English study currently offered based on results of a placement test: beginner, high beginner, intermediate, high intermediate or advanced.


Requirements for the IEP


UTSA IEP age requirment

Must be 17 years old by the first day of class.

UTSA IEP age requirment

Must submit a photocopy of current passport and visa (if applicable).

UTSA IEP age requirment

Must be a high school graduate or equivalent.

UTSA IEP age requirment

International applicants seeking to apply to the program as F1 students must submit a bank statement showing at least $13,961.23 to pay for educational expenses during the fall semester.

Approximate Cost Per Semester

(prices are subject to change)

Tuition and Fees
Application Fee$60
University Fees$576
Living Expences
One year (Summer, Fall, Spring)$9,200
One Semester (Fall or Spring) $3,500
Meal Plan
One Semester (Fall or Spring)$1,900
Other Mandatory Expenses
Health Insurance - Fall 2021$1,338
Health Insurance - Spring and Summer 2022$2,124
Health Insurance - Summer 2022$805
Personal Expenses$1,000

*Please note that students who enroll in the Spring semesters will automatically be charged heath insurance for Spring and Summer

Financial Assistance

We offer a discount for students with connections to UTSA. Click here to learn more about our Refer-a-Friend Discount.