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 of arts in teaching English as a second language degrees.
  • 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.

Spring 2020

Orientation week: January 13-17, 2020

First day of class: January 21, 2020

Final day to register: February 5, 2020

Last day of class: May 13, 2020


Summer 2020

First day of class: June 1, 2020

Final day to register: June 10, 2020

Last day of class: August 7, 2020

(Please contact eslservices@utsa.edu for more information about online classes in the summer).


Fall 2020

Orientation week: August 24-28, 2020

First day of class: August 31, 2020

Final day to register: September 9, 2020

Last day of class: December 11, 2020

I had a wonderful experience with the Intensive Language 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 Texas 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 the definitions and contextual uses of many different words. Some may sound very similar, but have small differences in their spellings and pronunciations.

  • Writing / Grammar

    You will learn to apply a wide array of advanced vocabulary to writing assignments.

  • Oral Communication

    You will learn to speak English fluently with ease and develop pronunciation skills that can transfer over time to professional settings.

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

  • American Culture

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

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 $10,323.00 to pay for educational expenses during the summer or $12,693.00 for the fall semester.

Approximate Cost Per Semester

(prices are subject to change)

Tuition and Fees
Application Fee$60
University Fees$563
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- Summer 2020$800
Health Insurance-Fall 2020$1,270
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

Refer-a-Friend Discount