You have big plans for your future, and a good place to start is improving your language skills. We've been helping students from all over the world for more than 40 years!

The Intensive English Program (IEP) at Southeast Missouri State University offers high-quality English language instruction to students all around the world. With highly qualified instructors, affordable tuition rates, and multiple learning platforms, IEP has something for anyone.

Programs Available

You can choose the location, focus and length of study in our Intensive English Programs.

Study academic English with the same curriculum and teachers as our Premier Immersion program. Whether you want to study at a U.S. university in the future, take your English to the next level with full-time study, or focus on a few specific skills, we have a combination of convenient live classes plus on-demand learning to fit your schedule.
  • Courses in this program offer flexible scheduling with a mix of both real-time and asynchronous coursework. Instructors will work with all the online program students to schedule any real-time activities at a time that works for all participants.
  • Students will interact with professional teachers during video classes. They will also practice conversations and take part in social activities through virtual means.
  • Academic and cultural advisors are available to students.
  • Conditional Admission to Southeast Missouri State University is available

Learn more about the dates and costs of the program.

Our high-quality program offers a life-changing cultural experience in beautiful Cape Girardeau. Be part of a safe and welcoming university community and focus on English language skills to meet your academic or professional goals. 
  • Study more than 20 hours each week and see real results quickly.
  • Academic and cultural advisors are available to students.
  • Students will get conversation practice and take part in social activities.
  • The program is accredited by CEA.
  • Conditional Admission to Southeast Missouri State University is available

Learn more about the dates and costs of the program.

This program is offered both online and on campus.

  • You can study the topic of your choice for 3-6 weeks.
  • Flexible schedules and costs to meet your goals.
  • Contact the IEP Director to learn more.

What You'll Study

Full-time language students take placement exams to measure their skills and make an academic plan. Students can move quickly through the program because they practice each skill at exactly the right level.

  • Continuously develop vocabulary including words used for familiar, daily activities; academic vocabulary; and idiomatic expressions
  • Can identify the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Improve reading fluency through directed readings and extensive reading
  • Answer wh- questions about short texts
  • Differentiate between details and main ideas
  • Differentiate between facts and opinions
  • Match cause to effect
  • Infer meaning from text
  • Synthesize information from multiple texts
  • Use headings and subheadings to understand the structure of texts
  • Can identify point-of-view
  • Can make connections between ideas in one or more readings
  • Evaluate reliability and identify evidence of bias in texts

  • Use the simple past and past progressive
  • Use the future with will and be going to
  • Use perfect, progressive, and perfect progressive verb forms to make affirmative and negative statements, questions, answers, and imperatives
  • Use time clauses
  • Use prepositions of time and place
  • Use count and non-count nouns with appropriate articles
  • Use modals, gerunds, infinitives, and passive constructions
  • Use adjective, adverb, and noun clauses
  • Use comparative and superlative structure

  • Identify main ideas and details in short messages and media programs
  • Speak about their dreams, hopes, and expectations
  • Use a variety of techniques to take notes on lectures and presentations
  • Deliver presentations on personal, academic, and professional topics
  • Answer questions about the content of extended speech, including lectures
  • Use flexible and precise language to present descriptions of complex subjects
  • Infer connections between ideas in extended speech that is not clearly structured
  • Verbally cite sources in researched academic presentations

Special Topics class is on a rotating schedule. Students will improve both linguistic and academic skills by studying a variety of topics, such as pronunciation, keyboarding and word processing skills, community service, or leadership. This class is not an option for Grad CAP.

  • Recognize the letters in the English alphabet and use patterns to decode words
  • Recognize basic affixes and use them to understand word meanings
  • Respond to wh-, questions related to illustrated text
  • Match visual representations to words and phrases
  • Write and use words with a variety of sounds and spelling patterns (Dolch List)
  • Write simple sentences about the present and present progressive
  • Use present verb tenses to make affirmative and negative statements, questions, answers, and imperatives
  • Have a basic understanding of the parts of a sentence: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and prepositions
  • Ask and answer basic questions and make simple statements about concrete and familiar topics
  • Listen for keywords/phrases and specific information (names, dates, reasons, explanations)
  • Deliver basic presentations on selected topics

The IEP is more than just a language program!

  • High Quality Education

    The Intensive English Programs support the internationalization goals of Southeast Missouri State University by preparing English language learners for success in undergraduate or graduate study through high-quality instruction in the English language and cultural orientation activities. The Intensive English Programs emphasize the linguistic skills, cultural awareness, and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed at an American university.

  • No TOEFL iBT Required

    The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) is not required for admission to the Intensive English Program at Southeast Missouri State University.

  • Choose Your Own Path

    Southeast’s Intensive English Program (IEP) offers six academic levels for students with varying levels of English proficiency: five levels for undergraduate students and another called Grad CAP for graduate students. Courses for all IEP levels are available both in-person (Premier Immersion program) and Online.

  • Learn On-Campus or Online

    Practice specific skills in the U.S. or study online for University admission. Study 1-1 or in small groups to improve specific language skills like writing, giving presentations or networking for business. In tutorials, workshops, and short-term programs, you’ll spend a few weeks focused on language and cultural topics on-campus. Or enjoy a combination of convenient live classes with your teacher and classmates, plus on-demand learning that fits your schedule. Get connected virtually through conversations and activities.

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Cost of the Program

The cost of the program includes lessons per week, tutoring, and access to SEMO clubs, the recreation center, and cultural events.

One Program - Two Ways to Learn

Southeast’s Intensive English Programs (IEP) offers six academic levels for students with varying levels of English proficiency: five levels for undergraduate students, and another called Grad CAP for graduate students. Courses for all IEP levels are available both in-person (Premier Immersion program) and Online.

Students are eligible for Grad CAP if they:

  • have a bachelor’s degree, and
  • have completed the undergraduate IEP program of study, or have a TOEFL iBT of 61 or an IELTS Academic score of 5.5 or greater, or by departmental permission.

IEP levels range from high beginning to advanced on the CEFR scale.

IEP Level CEFR Level Number of Weeks Description (adapted from the CEFT Level)
1 A2 8 Can understand and use some familiar expressions. Can interact in a very simple way provided the other person talks very slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
2 A2+ 8 Can initiate, maintain, and close simple interactions, and can produce some simple text, when the topic is related to familiar or personal matters.
3 B1 8 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
4 B1+ 8 Can understand most main ideas on more complex academic text. Can interact with some hesitation, produce connected text related to events, and give some simple reasons and explanations.
5 B2 8 Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.
Grad Cap B2+ - C1 16 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.

For students who do not place into the academic English levels because their English skills are at an A1 level or lower, the IEP also offers a pre-academic program called English Foundations. In this integrated-skills class, students advance at their own rate and can begin the academic 6 level IEP once they have achieved a satisfactory course grade and the student learning outcomes.

CEFR Level Number of Weeks Description
Pre A1-A1+ 8 Can understand and use familiar expressions. Can communicate in simple interactions when the other person talks slowly and clearly.

Dates and Deadlines

Schedule SPring A 2022 Spring B 2022 Summer 2022 Fall A 2022 Fall B 2022
Orientation January 12-14, 2022 March 17-18, 2022 June 9-10, 2022 August 17-19, 2022 October 13-14, 2022
8-week session January 18-March 8, 2022 March 21-May 10, 2022 June 13-August 2, 2022 August 22-October 11, 2022 October 17-December 13, 2022

Hear from our students!

"I love IEP at SEMO! I came to US and my English language was very bad. Then, I enrolled at IEP and I finished the graduate level. Indeed, I got my master degree in TESOL at SEMO, too. Today, I have become a very good English teacher because of the IEP. Moreover, all the staff and English teachers were always smiling, so I feel like it is a little family. Hence, I'm not only saying that IEP the best place to improve your English skills, but also to make your dreams come true, and I am one of them. Thank you IEP!"

Hussain S. Al-ghawi, Saudi Arabia

Hussain S. Al-ghawi, Saudi Arabia


Conditional admission is for students who meet the academic requirements for admission, but don’t have an exam score that meets the English proficiency requirement. If you apply for conditional admission, you’ll take English classes until you’re ready to start your academic program. Students with conditional admission don’t need to take the IELTS Academic or TOEFL iBT exams. 

All Southeast’s undergraduate programs, and most graduate programs, offer conditional admission. Be sure to check the other admission requirements for your program before you apply. 

Yes! Apply for “IEP only” and study 

Your total study time will depend on your goals and your scores on placement exams. You can expect to complete 1 level in 2 months (8 weeks) for English Foundations and academic levels 1-5. Grad CAP is 4 months (16 weeks), and not available in summer. Most students complete their program in about six months. We can develop short-term programs to work with your group’s schedule. 

IEP has a special rate for each 8-week session. Read more here. We can develop short-term programs to work with your group’s budget. 

When you arrive, you will take a placement test to find the best level for you. IEP students never have to take standardized tests like TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic, even if they are conditionally admitted to Southeast Missouri State University. 

Learn more here.

IEP's Premier Immersion English Language Program is accredited by CEA (The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation) and is a proud member of EnglishUSA (AAIEP), both of which promote professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs.

The Premier Immersion English Language Program at Southeast Missouri State University is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period April 2017 through April 2021 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400,

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