Intensive English Program


The Intensive English Program's mission at North Seattle College is to provide conversational and academic English language training to students whose native language is not English. The purpose of the program is to prepare English language learners to succeed in an academic environment.

Costs per quarter:

  • Reading/Writing ($1485-tuition ONLY): 10 credits     
  • Grammar ($742.50-tuition ONLY): 5 credits       
  • Listening/Speaking/Pronunciation ($742.50-tuition ONLY): 5 credits
  • Questions about IEP classes? Email the Intensive English Program Associate Dean.


  • To develop the English language and study skills of international students in preparation for academic study at college.
  • To facilitate intercultural awareness and understanding among students in IEP classes.
  • To assist international students in their transition to American culture and the American education system.  
  • IEP’s instruction, services, and practices are in compliance with the standards of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and the Code of Ethics of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Program Outcomes:

  • Read and understand passages critically.
  • Write a well-organized, coherent essay that summarizes, paraphrases, and/or synthesizes reading.
  • Apply critical thinking to research and incorporate appropriate research into writing.
  • Take notes effectively while listening to academic lectures, use lecture notes to create detailed outlines, and discuss detailed lecture.
  • Use speaking skills to respond appropriately to longer, detailed academic questions.
  • Use intercultural awareness and understanding to transition effectively into American culture and the American education system.

Overview of IEP Curriculum:



Download IEP Chart:  Intensive English Program Chart

Program Details:

  • No TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for admission. Students are placed into the appropriate level based on scores on NSC’s placement test. See IP placement testing for more information.
  • The IEP has 6 levels, introducing English at level 1 to advanced academic English at level 6. You will study all aspects of the English language: grammar, writing, reading, vocabulary, speaking, and listening.
  • Tuition is $2,700 USD per quarter. See the cost page for a full description.
  • IEP class sizes are very small, so you have individual attention. They range from 10 to 18 students per class.

Reading/Writing ($1485-tuition ONLY): 10 credits     

Grammar ($742.50-tuition ONLY): 5 credits       

Listening/Speaking/Pronunciation ($742.50-tuition ONLY): 5 credits       

Eligibility for College Level Classes:

College Pathway:

Students in IEP level 5 Reading/Writing can take one 2-5 credit college class (with approval of the IP Associate Dean). Students in IEP level 6 Reading/Writing can take one to two 2-5 credit college classes (with approval of the IP Associate Dean). Upon completion of level 6 Reading/Writing, students will be placed into precollege (097 or 098) or college (99/101 or 101) level English with no placement tests. Click here for IEP level 6 grades needed for direct placement.

IELTS or TOEFL placement:

Students must meet minimum placement scores to register for college level classes. Click here for placement scores needed for precollege/college English.

Completion Certificates:

A week after each quarter ends, IEP students will receive Completion of IEP Level certificates.  These certificates will be available for pick up at the International Programs Front Office. 

  • IEP students who have completed IEP Level 6 will receive Completion of Intensive English Program certificates during the IEP Celebration. 
  • IEP Academic Calendar 2019
  • Winter Quarter 2019:
  • January 2 – March 8
  • Holidays: Jan. 21, Feb.18
  • Spring Quarter 2019:
  • April 1 – June 7
  • Holidays: May 27
  • Summer Quarter 2019:
  • June 24  – August 15
  • Holidays: July 4
  • Fall Quarter 2019:
  • September 23 – November 06
  • Holidays: Nov. 11, Nov. 28, Nov. 29