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 without previous instruction in English, but with several years' permanent residence in the United States, may qualify for admission.

We review applications and admit qualified students throughout the year for the fall and spring semesters.

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, vocabulary, writing, structure, and listening/speaking.

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 and written fluency and to practice the language needed in professional interactions such as discussions and presentations.

Applications for both the full-time IELP program and 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