Intensive English Language Program


The Department of English of the College of Arts and Sciences of the University of Louisville offers a full-time program of post-secondary English for international students who expect to enroll in an academic program at the University of Louisville or another university.

Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) Program accepts applications from students who have completed secondary school and whose academic records suggests readiness to undertake an accelerated learning environment. The course is intensive and prior formal instruction in English is a prerequisite.  Applicants must also submit official results of TOEFL iBT or IELTS (scanned copy is acceptable)

IESL reviews applications and admits qualified students for the fall and spring semesters. Also, conditional admissions is available for students who meet undergraduate admissions requirements but do not meet English proficiency. Students admitted conditionally must enroll in IESL. For more information, visit the Admissions web page for international students (

During the semester, students attend classes for 20 hours a week (Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.) in reading, writing, structure, and listening/speaking. There are two levels of instruction--intermediate and advanced. IESL does not offer a beginning level.

We also offer Communication in English (CIE), an evening class designed to help non-native speakers of English (high-intermediate to advanced proficiency) become more effective communicators. Classroom activities are designed to give participants the opportunity to improve conversational skills and to practice the language needed in professional interactions such as discussions and presentations. Applications for the evening class are accepted throughout the year for enrollment in the fall and spring semesters.

We are located in Strickler Hall, Room 207 (West Wing). To request an application or information about the application process, please contact at 502-852-5901 or email .

For additional information, please contact Anne Griner, IESL Program Director, at