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UCIEP Member Publication TESOL Quarterly: "If I Don't Do It, Somebody Else Will”

From Member Program Director and UCIEP Board Member, Dr. Jason Litzenburg, Pennsylvania State University "If I Don't Do It, Somebody Else Will”: Covert Neoliberal Policy Discourses in the...

UCIEP Member Publication: Achieving Accord in the Status Discord of English Language Teaching

Member Program Director and UCIEP Board Member, Dr. Jason Litzenburg, authored an article on the status of ESL teaching professionals that was recently published in TESOL's Program Administration Interest...

UCIEP Past President Quoted by Inside Higher Ed

A recent NAFSA presentation by Patti Juza, Past President of the University and College Intensive English Programs consortium, was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed article. Click the link below to view the...

UCIEP Member Highlighted in Sports Illustrated

Basketball star Rui Hachimura is not only successful on the court, he's also a successful English language learner and an alumnus of Gonzaga's English Language Center. Read more in this Sports Illustrated...


UCIEP is an independent consortium of university and college-administered intensive English programs in the United States. Founded in 1967, UCIEP's purpose is to advance professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs at universities and colleges in the United States. Our member programs are committed to the consortium's effort to ensure that students receive the highest quality intensive English instruction from trained, professional teachers.

Our Mission

UCIEP supports and strengthens university-governed intensive English program leadership through collegial engagement, applied research, IEP advocacy, and the active promotion of the highest professional standards. 

Our Vision

The vision for UCIEP is to be the industry leader for university-governed intensive English programs.

Our Promise

UCIEP members are committed to ensuring that students receive the highest quality intensive English instruction from trained, professional teachers.


Our History

In 1967, the University and College Intensive English Program organization was born out of a group of directors from 13 Intensive English Programs (IEPs) who met to discuss challenges and provide leadership in their growing field. From the very beginning, UCIEP members have been committed to setting and achieving high standards in Intensive English programs, educating institutions about the importance of supporting English language learners in order to facilitate their preparation for success in their academic studies, and providing a forum for IEP directors to exchange ideas, information, and experiences.

Our Values

Integrity:  Exemplifying honesty, trust, respect, and transparency
Excellence:  Promoting ethical and professional practices and high standards for students, faculty, and staff
Collective Wisdom:  Sharing knowledge to inspire and advance innovation and academic entrepreneurship
Collaboration:  Working with members and stakeholders to analyze issues, respond proactively to trends, and identify creative solutions



integrated into large research universities as well as small private colleges.



without compromising the central vision of excellence.


"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

Nelson Mandela

Contact UCIEP

c/o Sheryl Meyer
UNC Charlotte
PO Box 6012
Charlotte, NC  28223

Students may write to student@UCIEP.org

Overseas Advisors may write to advisors@UCIEP.org

Prospective UCIEP Members may write to prospect@UCIEP.org