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Online Intensive English Programs

The Intensive English Programs (IEP) at Southeast 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.

We now offer our exceptional English language instruction to students anywhere in the world!  The Online IEP Program gives students access to the same highly qualified instructors as the Premium Immersion program, but learner are allowed to be more selective of courses and participation time.  Completion of IEP's Online courses also meets the English language requirement for conditionally admitted students into a Southeast Bachelor's or Master's degree program.  For more information, please read below. 

The IEP has 6 academic levels: 5 levels for undergraduate students and another level called Grad CAP for graduate students. 

Students may take the Grad CAP courses if they: 

  • have a bachelor’s degree, and 
  • have completed the undergraduate IEP program of study, or have a TOEFL of 61 or an IELTS 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

# weeks

Description (adapted from the CEFR level descriptors)




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.




Can initiate, maintain, and close simple interactions, and can produce some simple text, when the topic is related to familiar or personal matters.




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.




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.




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



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 # Weeks Description (adapted from the CEFR level descriptors)
Pre-A1-A1+ 8* Can understand and use familiar expressions. Can communicate in simple interactions when the other person talks slowly and clearly.

*Because English Foundations covers multiple CEFR levels, it is possible that a student may need to repeat this course.

Students in IEP’s Online program take several placement exams at the beginning of each new session to measure their language proficiency in speaking, listening, writing, and reading; and their knowledge and use of vocabulary and grammar. A committee of IEP teachers reviews all exam scores to decide the best levels for each student to study IEP classes. Students can move quickly through the program because they practice each skill at exactly the right level. 

In Reading and Vocabulary class, students 

  • 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 

In Writing and Grammar class, students 

  • 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 structures 

In Listening and Speaking class, students 

  • 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 required for Grad CAP students. 

In English Foundations class, students 

  • 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 

International students in online only programs are not eligible for F or J student visas.  That means there are no restirctions on the number of courses they can be enrolled in each session.  Online students have an opportunity to receive up to 22 hours of language instruction each week in four classes: 

  • Listening & Speaking 
  • Reading & Vocabulary 
  • Writing & Grammar 
  • Special Topics 

IEP Online courses offer flexible scheduling with a mix of both real-time and asynchronous coursework. IEP instructors will work with all the Online program students to schedule any real-time activities at a time that works for all participants.   

Conditional admission for bachelor's (undergraduate) students 

If a student meets all admission requirements for a Southeast bachelor's (undergraduate) degree program except demonstrated language proficiency, they are eligible for conditional admission. Students with undergraduate conditional admission can meet the English language proficiency requirement by completing Level 5 of all four IEP content areas.  The Bridge program is not available to IEP Online program students. 

Conditional admission for master's (graduate) students 

If a student meets all admission requirements for most Southeast master's (graduate) degree programs except demonstrated English proficiency, they are eligible for conditional admission. Students with graduate conditional admission can meet the English language proficiency admission requirement by successfully completing the Graduate Conditional Acceptance Program (Grad CAP).  Grad CAP is taught in one full sixteen-week semester beginning in either August or January (Grad CAP is not offered during the summer session). A conditionally admitted student who completes Grad CAP with an average grade of B or better and no grades below C will have met the University’s English language admission requirement.  Full-time enrollment in the Online Grad CAP program is required in order to meet the conditional admission requirements.   

Conditional Admission is possible for the following Graduate Programs:

Master of Arts Master of Business Administration Master of Science Master of Natural Sciences Master of Public Administration
  • English
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Management
  • Financial Management
  • General Management
  • Health Administration
  • Industrial Management
  • International Business
  • Sport Management
  • Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Nutrition and Exercise Science
  • Technology Management (separate deadline)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Applied Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Biology (separate deadline)
  • Chemistry (fall only admission, separate deadline)
  • Mathematics
  • Public Administration

Estimated Cost for Online Intensive English Program

  1 Session
8 weeks; per class
1 Session
8 weeks; full-time
 Tuition and Fees  $615.00 $2,306.25
 Estimated Ebooks and Materials  $50.00  $150.00
 Total Estimated Cost  $665.00 $2,456.25


Program Standard Online Part-time Online
Who Students who want a full course of English language study from home Students who want to focus on one or more skills from home
Pricing USD Starting at
per term
Starting at
per course
Program duration 8 weeks for each level A1-B2
16 weeks for level B2+-C1
8 weeks per course
Lessons per week 20-23 hours - 4 Classes 3-6 hours
Qualified University teachers
Learn about U.S. Culture
Placement test
Earn SEMO credit on your transcript
Dedicated study advisor
Certificate for each CEFR level completed
Lessons in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking varies
Conversation Partner online
Conditional admission to SEMO available
Tutoring online
CEA Accredited Curriculum
Qualifying students may bridge to SEMO classes during last semester
Access to SEMO clubs, recreation center, cultural events
Student/visitor visa documents and visa interview training


International Village Admin Building 101

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