English Overview

The University of the Pacific Intensive English Program (IEP) helps you improve your English-language proficiency in writing, reading, speaking and listening to meet your academic, personal and professional goals. Our international students benefit from an immersive curriculum, expert instruction and a flexible start.


The UOPI, English Language Institute, provides rigorous, student-centered English language instruction that fully prepares international students to succeed in their university studies. It creates a welcoming environment for both learning and living in a new culture, where all feel safe and supported. The UOPl ELI is dedicated to maintaining best practices in TESOL instruction and building sustainable educational programs through regular review and improvement.

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UOPI’s Extended Accelerator and Accelerated Accelerator integrate the IEP into their curriculum through an immersive 16-week study experience that combines language, culture and academics. Click here to learn more about our Accelerator programs.
Set the foundation for your academic study in the U.S. with this 16-week program

Program Details

Course Length
Program Duration
Program Curriculum
Progression Requirements
Progression Into
16 weeks
Varies based on students' English scores. Students could be required to take 1, 2, or 3 sessions of English before progressing into their Accelerator Program.
Planned – all courses exclusive to Accelerator students
Successful completion of the Pre-Sessional English Program
Extended Accelerator Program or the Master's Accelerator Program
Entry Requirements 
Students who score at or below the scores listed below will be placed into Pre-Sessional English. The number of semesters required will be determined based on their English proficiency.
Minimum TOEFL®
Minimum IELTS™
50 or below
5.0 or below
3.0 or below
General English is not part of an academic track. Students may enroll in General English courses to strengthen their English language skills for social and cultural settings.

Program Details

Program Length
Credits Earned Toward Degrees
Sample Coursework
8-week session
Presentation Skills
Trends in American Pop Culture
English Through Art
Conversation Skills and Techniques
English for Business

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UOP International’s English programs are available for both Undergraduate and Graduate level students. Visit the appropriate admissions page to learn more about how to apply.

16-Week English Programs Accredited by CEA

The University of the Pacific UOPI English Language Institute is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period August 2020 through August 2025 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.

Learn more about the CEA accreditation process.

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