Why Choose the IEP?

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The IEP meets the specific language needs of students, particularly those preparing for study at a U.S. college or university. 

Our Mission

The Intensive English Program (IEP) of the English Language Institute (ELI) provides high-quality intensive English instruction, pre-academic training and cultural orientation to international students preparing for university study in the United States; the program also welcomes individuals who wish to study English for personal and professional reasons. 

Making a Difference

The Intensive English Program offers 25 hours of in-class instruction each week in all skill areas. Classes are small and are taught by highly qualified faculty. Special classes and extracurricular activities increase students’ opportunities for learning and developing their skills.

For Students Applying to UB and Other Schools

IEP students seeking admission to the University at Buffalo or another U.S. college or university receive academic advisement and assistance with applications.

A Reputation for Quality and Excellence

The largest and most comprehensive English language institute in the State University of New York (SUNY), the ELI has trained more than 30,000 students from more than 100 countries since 1971. Over the years, many ELI graduates have referred colleagues, friends, and family members to the IEP; in fact, some of those who studied English in the program in its early years have sent their university-age children to the ELI.

The excellent reputation of the program worldwide is also due to the ELI's presence overseas through branch programs it has developed over the past 25 years in Bosnia, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Latvia, Malaysia, Sweden, and Taiwan.

The IEP at ELI is fully accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), which is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reliable authority concerning the quality of education or training offered by the English language institutions and programs it accredits. The ELI is also a longstanding member of the leading professional associations of IEPs in the U.S.— the Consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) and English USA: the American Association of Intensive English Programs (EUSA).

Here are just some of the features and benefits that set the IEP apart from other programs:

  • Small class size and individual attention
  • Highly qualified and experienced instructors
  • Full access for IEP students to the facilities, services, and activities of the University at Buffalo
  • Extracurricular activities and campus events designed to familiarize students with American culture and the local area
  • Visits to local points of interest, including Niagara Falls , U.S.A. shopping centers, festivals and theater
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