IEP Special Features
UCAELI Proficiency Certificate
If a student's English proficiency meets our requirements upon completion of the UCAELI program, we can issue an English Proficiency Certificate, which is accepted by the Admissions Office of the University of Connecticut in lieu of the TOEFL score of 550.
University Class Auditing
By arrangement with professors in various departments, upper-level students may visit or attend university classes in their area of interest without taking exams. This allows students to become familiar with the lecture and discussion format of regular university classes.
Advanced students conditionally admitted to a degree program at the University of Connecticut may undertake a combination of part-time English language training and part-time university courses. Students interested in this option should apply directly to the University of Connecticut.
With permission of the UCAELI director, advanced students can attend undergraduate and graduate classes in their area of interest. This helps students make a smooth transition into academic life. Students are advised on which classes will best meet their needs. Students who wish to formally register for these courses are charged a separate fee. The credits from these courses can be transferred once the student gains admission to a university.
Other English Programs
In addition to the regular intensive English program, we provide customized classes for student groups and international employees who want to improve their language skills and knowledge of American culture in specific areas related to their field of study or work. We tailor programs to meet the particular needs and time schedules of these students. These classes generally include English language training, presentation by university professors and community leaders on topics including American culture, education, and business, and visits to sites of cultural, historical, and professional interest.
Our faculty and staff provide counseling for both cultural adjustment and academics, including assistance in selecting and applying for a university program. Courses to prepare for the SAT, GRE, GMAT and other standardized tests are offered in the town. The University library maintains catalogs of U.S. university as well as a database of information on university programs.
Conversation Partner Program
Students can choose to be matched with a conversation partner and meet informally to discuss topics of general interest. Sometimes a learning exchange is established, where student and partner exchange language skills. Other students prefer simply to meet over coffee and talk.
Language and other Clubs
For language and cultural exchange, students can join language clubs which have socio-cultural and educational activities, film showings, or informal gatherings. Sports and other clubs provide avenues for entertainment and interaction with native speakers.
Cultural centers on the university campus offer a wide range of socio-cultural activities and sponsored events. The Asian American Cultural Center, the Puerto Rican Latin American Cultural Center, and the African American Cultural Center are fun gathering places for students and faculty of all persuasions.