Intensive English Language Program

Full-Time Intensive English Study

The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) at NDSU is designed to help non-native speakers achieve English proficiency. Enrollment for IELP students is limited to English classes. To be considered for degree-seeking admission with IELP, please review conditional admission information. 

An admission decision is typically returned to the applicant within two to three weeks of the receipt of all materials. The online application for admission and all required materials must be received by NDSU by the deadlines posted below. 

Admission Deadlines  
Fall Semester (August – December) Spring Semester (January – May)

Students outside the United States – May 1

Students inside the United States – August 1

Students outside the United States – October 1

Students inside the United States – December 1

IELP Admission Requirements

Applications are evaluated on an individual basis. The university uses selective admission criteria to ensure adequate preparation, which will enable students to be successful in their academic pursuits. NDSU reviews the following criteria:

  • Academics – All applicants should have a secondary school educational background in the core curriculum of laboratory science, mathematics, social science and English to be considered for admission. Post-secondary coursework is also reviewed. A secondary or high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (4.0 scale), or the equivalent in core subjects, is recommended. Students who do not meet these minimum guidelines will still be considered for admission if there is evidence in the student's academic record that demonstrates a high probability of success. 
  • English Proficiency – All applicants must demonstrate English proficiency for admission consideration (see IELP Admission Procedures below). 
  • Financial Support – All applicants must submit official documents as evidence of financial support showing available funds equivalent to IELP estimated costs for one year of attendance. 
IELP Admission Procedures

To be considered for admission, you must submit the following documentation.

  1. Online Application for Admission – You will need your NDSU Insider Username and Password, or you can create a new account. 
  2. Nonrefundable application fee – The $35 fee can be paid online at the time you apply or paid online at a later date. An admission decision is not made until the fee is paid. 
  3. Official academic records for all institutions attended and national exams completed –Required documentation is based on the following:

    • U.S. institution – request official transcript(s) be sent directly to the NDSU Office of Admission from your institution
    • Non-U.S. institution – apply for an official World Education Services (WES) evaluation report. Review the steps to request this report.


  4. ​​​​​English test scores – All applicants must submit an official test score or completion report meeting one of the posted levels (see chart below). All test scores are valid for two years and score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admission.
    TOEFL (school code 6474) 40 IBT or 433 PBT
    IELTS 4.0 Overall
    Pearson's (PTE) Academic 38
    ELS Language Center Level 103 completion
    Previous English Study 1 year with 70% average
  5. Copy of official financial documentation – Documentation from a bank official or sponsoring government showing available funds equivalent to IELP estimated annual costs for one year of attendance must be provided. Please refer to acceptable forms for a detailed list of requirements. 


  6. Copy of passport and other immigration documents, if applicable.

    Send all materials to:

    Postal Mail Courier/Express/Priority Mail
     Office of Admission
     North Dakota State University
     Dept. 2832 - P.O. Box 6050
     Fargo, ND 58108 USA
     Office of Admission
     North Dakota State University
     1301 Administration Avenue
     Ceres Hall 114
     Fargo, ND 58102 USA