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Frequently Asked Questions

No. We accept students with any level of English.
Applications can choose “conditional admission” for academic programs at SEMO. That means that they meet the academic requirements to apply for a SEMO degree. Students with conditional admission will meet the English proficiency requirement by completing IEP levels. Applying for conditional admission does not guarantee that the student will be accepted to study their major.

You do not have to apply for the scholarship. Students who qualify will receive the scholarship automatically. You can read more on the Southeast Scholarships page.

The total cost will depend on the number of terms you study with us. You can read about the total cost, including tuition, housing, and personal expenses here.

You can begin in August, October, January, March, or June of each year. Learn more on the IEP Calendar.

If you are an undergraduate/bachelor’s student, you will finish one level in 8 weeks, and study until you are ready to begin your major. Most students spend 1-2 semesters (4-6 months ) before they are ready for a bachelor’s program. Students who place into academic level 1 will spend about 1 year studying English.

If you are a graduate/master’s student, you will need to complete Grad CAP. These classes are 4 months long, and are only offered in fall (August-December) and spring (January-May). You can begin Grad CAP after you complete level 5 or meet the undergraduate test requirement (TOEFL 61 or IELTS 5.5).

IEP has one level called Foundations for beginning students of English, and 5 academic English levels for intermediate students. Students who finish level 5 will satisfy the English proficiency requirement for undergraduate/bachelor’s study at SEMO. After level 5, another advanced level called Grad CAP satisfies the English proficiency requirement for graduate/master’s study at SEMO.

Foundations and levels 1-5 are 8 weeks each. The advanced level for graduate students is longer—16 weeks.

After you arrive in Cape Girardeau, you will take some tests to check your English levels. The tests measure your skills in English reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary.



International Village Admin Building 101

Intensive English Programs
One University Plaza, MS 2000
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701