Intensive ESL Program

  • FAQs about Intensive ESL

    How long is the Intensive ESL Program?

    For the Intensive Program, fall and spring semesters are approximately 14 weeks long. During the summer session, we offer a choice of sessions which are about 5- or 10-weeks-long.

    How many levels does IELI have?

    There are 8 levels of instruction at IELI from advanced beginner to high-advanced. Sometimes students from two different levels may be combined in the same class. Students with no English skills will be placed at the level closest to their ability, based on their placement test results.

    How will my progress be evaluated?

    At the end of each semester, instructors in each class write an evaluation of students’ progress to decide whether they are ready to move up to the next level or if they need more practice.

    Will I receive a certificate at the end of my course?

    When you complete a semester and receive satisfactory evaluations from your instructor(s), you will receive an official Worcester State University Certificate of Achievement.

    How far is Worcester State University from New York City or Boston?

    Can I attend the Intensive Program part-time?

    Yes, you can take classes 1 to 5 days depending on your immigration status. If you are here on an F-1 visa, you must take classes all 5 days.

    Where can I live? Can I stay in the dormitories on campus?

    Occasionally, dormitory rooms are available to IELI students on the Worcester State University campus. Please check with about possible availability.

    Additionally, IELI students often find apartments for rent in the Worcester area. For rental listings online, please visit: Worcester Craigslist, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, or search for: "apartments in Worcester, MA"