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. 

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. 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. Learn more about the requirements. 

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. Your official academic records for all institutions attended and national exams taken: 

    • Request that official secondary marks/transcripts be sent directly from your institution to NDSU [see below for mailing address]
    • If records are not in English, be sure to include a certified English translation
    • If we are unable to verify your educational records, we reserve the right to request an external credential evaluation report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member such as Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). Follow these instructions on how to request this report. In future, if you do decide to apply as a degree-seeking student to NDSU, please be aware that you may be required to submit an external credential evaluation at that time.


  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 International Student and Study Abroad Services.
    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
Submit Your Documents

Please mail all materials to the Office of International Student & Study Abroad Services. Click here for mailing addresses and other ways to contact us.