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UCIEP and Other Organizations Send Letter on Joint Statement of Principles

UCIEP, TESOL, NAFSA, and EnglishUSA sent a joint letter to the U.S. government urging the inclusion of English language programs in the international student recruitment strategy.

UCIEP Member Publication "Supporting nonnative English speakers at university: A survey of faculty and staff" by Peters & Anderson

Abstract: This study reports on a survey designed to understand the experiences of faculty and staff who work with nonnative speakers of English (NNESs) at a U.S. public research university. Over 1,500...

UCIEP Joint Statement with EnglishUSA and TESOL International Opposing July 2020 ICE Guidance

Joint Statement Opposing ICE Guidance on International English Language Program Students for Fall 2020

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 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 University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP)

c/o Sarah McGregor
International Gateways
San Jose State University
One Washington Square, CPGE-SU
San Jose, CA 95192-0215

Students may write to student@UCIEP.org

Overseas Advisors may write to advisors@UCIEP.org

Prospective UCIEP Members may write to prospect@UCIEP.org

Potential partners may write to partners@UCIEP.org