Intensive English Program Admission Policies, Levels, and Courses
Juniata's Intensive English Program offers a high quality education. The instructors are highly experienced and certified in Teaching English as a Second Language. All of them have lived and worked in other countries and understand the transition process that international students experience when studying in a new country.
Admission and Placement
Prospective students must be a minimum of 18 years old. A minimum official TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Academic PTE score is required for admission to the IEP, as we do not offer beginner courses. It is the student's responsibility to make sure official test scores are sent to Juniata College. Under no circumstance will any student be admitted without official test scores.
If you wish to enter Juniata College as a degree seeking student, you must apply directly through the enrollment office. Contact Mr. Rylan Good, the Associate Dean of Admission, for details. You will not have to re-apply to the IEP if you need ESL courses.
Upon arrival at Juniata, all international students with a TOEFL score below 80 (or the equivalent IELTS/Pearson Academic PTE) will be tested and placed into courses according to their English proficiency level. The Intensive English Program offers academic English courses at two levels:
All international students who are non-native speakers of English and do not meet the minimum English proficiency test scores will be tested to determine their English proficiency upon arrival. Students who have "English-Conditional" admittance will be enrolled in appropriate ESL courses and will need to progress through the ESL program according to the current IEP policy. Students who have been accepted based on non-conditional admission standards may still request English language testing and support through ESL courses and/or tutoring.
As all ESL courses carry Juniata College credit which can be applied toward graduation requirements, the IEP follows Juniata’s policies regarding academic advancement which allows students with a passing grade of 60% or higher to move to the next level. As language skills are vital to academic success, however, every effort should be made by students in their ESL courses to achieve the highest level of skills and knowledge possible as this will provide the foundation for all future academic courses.
To view the full policy, please refer to the Juniata Student Manual.
The program encourages English fluency, both in class and outside of class, through projects, surveys and interviews with Americans. You must take a minimum of 12 credits per semester. This is a full-time load, as IEP courses give credit which can be used for graduation requirements. You will focus on developing language skills and building self-confidence in using English. The courses emphasize:
- Strengthening speaking ability through discussions with international and American students, staff and faculty, and interviews with local people
- Practicing listening to and understanding academic lectures in real university classes
- Developing university-level writing and research skills
- Expanding vocabulary and increasing reading speed
- Developing the self-confidence to use English in a professional or U.S. university setting
- Interacting with American culture and the expectations at a U.S. college/university
Note: Not all courses are offered each semester
ESL 100 Intermediate Writing and Composition
ESL 101 Intermediate Listening and Speaking
ESL 102 Intermediate Reading and Study Skills
ESL 103 Intermediate Grammar in Speaking and Listening
ESL 150 High Intermediate Academic Writing
ESL 151 High Intermediate Conversation & Discussion
ESL 152 High Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary Development
ESL 153 High Intermediate Grammar in Writing
ESL 155 Clear Speech (1 credit)
ESL 170 High Intermediate Academic Writing II
ESL 200 America: A Nation of Immigrants (Intermediate)
ESL 201 From Egg to Ancestor: A Study of Cultures (High Intermediate)
ESL 211 Advanced Listening and Speaking Seminar - linked with a course in another academic department
ESL 212 Advanced Reading
ESL 250 Advanced College Writing
Tutors are available for students who need extra help. Tutors are often Juniata students who are in training to become teachers.