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Intensive English

Intensive English—10 weeks

To apply, complete an application for enrollment now.

The UC Davis Extension Intensive English Program is one of the oldest and most respected intensive English programs in the University of California system. Thousands of students from around the world have studied in our various programs. This 10-week program is offered year-round—in fall, winter, spring and summer quarters—and includes a total of 220 hours of instruction at eight different levels of proficiency. It is ideal for those wanting to learn English for academic, professional or social purposes.

Participants must have a high school diploma or be at least 18 years old to enroll in this program. Students under the age of 18 may want to consider one of our Youth Programs or Summer Camps.

The Program

  • Up to eight levels—from beginning to advanced
  • Level determined by placement exam
  • 22 hours of instruction per week, including two hours of self-paced work in the Multimedia Resource Center (MRC)
  • Small classes (approximately 12-18 students)
  • Free Institutional, paper-based TOEFL test at the end of each quarter
  • Highly qualified and experienced instructors
  • Daily recreational, cultural and social activities with UC Davis student leaders
  • Midterm, paper-based TOEFL test and end-of-the-quarter TOEIC test (with fee)
  • Optional weekend trips may include Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley, San Francisco and Los Angeles

Wide selection of elective courses:

  • Intermediate and Advanced TOEFL Preparation
  • Everyday Expressions and Idioms
  • Vocabulary Enrichment
  • Volunteer Experiences and Service Learning classes
  • Presentation Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Business Communication classes
  • Pronunciation
  • Academic Listening
  • Film Studies
  • Hot topics in science and technology
  • Social Media
  • U.S. Culture and Society
  • Advanced Media and discussion

Core classes depend on proficiency level and include:

  • Grammar
  • Composition
  • Reading and Vocabulary
  • Listening and Speaking
  • Critical Thinking

Study Alongside American Students

Advanced students can audit and/or take one or two courses for credit on the UC Davis campus. The university offers classes in more than 100 departments, from psychology to engineering to art.

Partial-Term Enrollment

Students can attend the first part of any 10-week session as long as they give advance notice to the IEPP office. They must attend a minimum of four weeks of the 10-week session.

Access to Academic Support

Students receive academic advising, including help with university applications. Lectures, workshops and information sessions are offered quarterly to ensure successful adaptation into U.S. academic culture.

Topics have included Time Management, Preparing for Exams, Applying to U.S. Graduate Schools, and American Roommates.

Placement by English Language Ability

Intensive English Program students are placed in one of eight proficiency levels based on a written and oral evaluation. Basic- and intermediate-level students focus on core grammar, listening and speaking skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary and composition courses in addition to a Multimedia Resource component for more extensive skills practice. High intermediate students can choose from elective courses, such as Intermediate Listening, American Slang and Idioms, Drama and Pronunciation. More advanced English-speaking students choose from among various core classes and electives, such as Advanced Reading, Vocabulary Enrichment, Advanced Discussion, Public Speaking, Business Vocabulary and Idioms, Advanced Writing and TOEFL Preparation. Some students choose to take courses for credit on the UC Davis campus or at UC Davis Extension.

Some students stay up to a year, progressing through greater levels of mastery. Students who plan to attend graduate school in the United States or work in an American setting often spend at least one quarter improving their English skills in the Intensive English Program.

Field Trips

Each quarter, optional trips are planned to scenic, cultural and historic places like San Francisco, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, the Napa Valley wine region, Las Vegas, San Diego and Los Angeles. The field trips (which vary each quarter) offer a unique opportunity to see California and experience American culture with fellow students and Recreation Program Leaders.

Sample Intermediate Level Intensive English Program Schedule
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9 - 9:50 a.m. Grammar (daily)
10 - 10:50 Reading and Vocabulary (daily)
11 - 11:50 Composition (daily)
Lunch Break  
12:40 - 1:30 p.m. Communication Skills   Communication Skills   Communication Skills
1:40 - 2:30   Pronunciation   Pronunciation  
2:40 - 3:30   MRC Lab   MRC Lab  
3:30 - 5:00 Bowling Movie and Popcorn Lecture Series Arts and Crafts Ice Cream Social and Outdoor Games

To apply, complete an application for enrollment now.





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10-week Intensive English Program
Dates and Costs*
Session Dates Tuition
Winter 2015 January 5 - March 17, 2015 $3,440
Spring 2015 March 26 - June 9, 2015 $3,440
Summer 2015 June 24 - September 4, 2015 $3,440
Fall 2015 September 23 - December 4, 2015 $3,490
Winter 2016 January 5 - March 17, 2016 $3,490
Spring 2016 March 24 - June 7, 2016 $3,490
Summer 2016 June 22 - September 2, 2016 $3,490
Fall 2016 September 28 - December 9, 2016 $3,540
20-week Intensive English Program
Save $300
Dates Tuition
January 5 - June 9, 2015 $6,580
March 26 - September 4, 2015 $6,580
June 24 - December 4, 2015 $6,630
September 23, 2015 - March 17, 2016 $6,680
January 5 - June 7, 2016 $6,680
March 24 - September 2, 2016 $6,680
June 22 - December 9, 2016 $6,730
30-week Intensive English Program
Save $650
Dates Tuition
January 5 - September 4, 2015 $9,670
March 26 - December 4, 2015 $9,720
June 24, 2015 - March 17, 2016 $9,770
September 23, 2015 - June 7, 2016 $9,820
January 5 - September 2, 2016 $9,820
March 24 - December 9, 2016 $9,870

*Prices and program dates are subject to change.

Other program costs**
Fee Cost
Application fee and express mail fee (nonrefundable) $160 (one-time fee)
Student Services fee
(includes general advising services, immigration advising, computing accounts, access to computer labs, wireless network, the MRC, library card, email and Internet access, city bus pass, social events and afternoon activities)
$225 per quarter
Medical insurance $30 per week
University application advising $450 per quarter

**All prices are subject to change.