Intensive English Language Program

Full-Time Intensive English Study

The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) at NDSU is designed to help non-native speakers achieve English proficiency. Enrollment for IELP students is limited to English classes. To be considered for degree-seeking admission with IELP, please review conditional admission information on our English Proficiency page. 

To find out more about our IELP program, please visit the Department of Modern Languages website.

IELP Admission Requirements

Applications are evaluated on an individual basis. The university uses selective admission criteria to ensure adequate preparation, which will enable students to be successful in their academic pursuits. NDSU reviews the following criteria:

  • Academics and English Proficiency – All applicants should have a secondary school educational background in the core curriculum of laboratory science, mathematics, social science and English to be considered for admission. Students who do not meet these minimum guidelines will still be considered for admission if there is evidence in the student's academic record that demonstrates a high probability of success. In addition, all applicants must demonstrate English proficiency for admission consideration. Learn more about the requirements. 
IELP Admission Procedures

To be considered for admission, you must submit the following documentation.

  1. The application for admission.
    • A nonrefundable application fee will be collected through your online application upon submission. An admission decision is not made until the fee is paid.
  2. Your official academic records for all institutions attended and national exams taken: 

    • Request that official secondary marks/transcripts be sent directly from your institution to NDSU [see below for mailing address]
    • We also accept the following versions of official transcripts from electronic delivery services: National Student Clearinghouse (send to Int’l Undergrad Admissions), Parchment, Credentials eScrip-Safe, SMART/Joint Service Transcript
    • If records are not in English, be sure to include a certified English translation
    • If we are unable to verify your educational records, we reserve the right to request an external credential evaluation report from a National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member such as Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) or World Education Services (WES). Follow these instructions on how to request this report. In future, if you do decide to apply as a degree-seeking student to NDSU, please be aware that you may be required to submit an external credential evaluation at that time.


  3. ​​​​​English test scores
Submit Your Documents

Please submit all materials to the Office of International Student & Study Abroad Services. Click here for instructions on how to submit your documents. If you have other questions about document submission, please email us at