Intensive English Program (IEP)

English as a Second Language

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a year-round, 7-level program which emphasizes preparation for academic work at the college/university level. This program is offered three times a year: Fall (August), Spring (January), and Summer (May). Students may begin in any of the three sessions and continue year-round (Summer is optional). All levels of English learners are welcome.

Individuals interested in:

  • Receiving Conditional Admission to CSULB
  • Preparing to attend a U.S. college or university
  • Studying for the TOEFL, GMAT, GRE or other entrance examinations
  • Advancing English skills for their major or career
  • Seeking fun or leisure with their English academic preparation

Intensive English Program students

  • Experienced, well-qualified, enthusiastic instructors 
  • University and academic advising
  • 4-day orientation
  • Access to Conversation Lab and conversation partners 
  • Access to Homework Lab
  • Multiple social activities, for example:
    • Kayaking
    • Ice Cream Social
    • Fun Picnic Lunch
    • Soccer
    • Trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Information about on-campus housing and other housing options 
  • Certificate ceremony

This is a 7-level program. Students’ placement will be determined at orientation. Once you pass all classes in your level (each level takes one 13-16 week session), you may continue to the next level. 

Students who complete Level 4 (undergraduate) may use the American Language Institute's English Proficiency Waiver to enter a CSULB undergraduate degree program, or one of CSULB’s community college partners programs without taking TOEFL or IELTS exam. Partners are Long Beach City College, Mt. SAC, Orange Coast College, Cypress College, Golden West College, or El Camino College.  

Students who complete Level 6 (graduate) may use the American Language Institute's English Proficiency Waiver to enter a CSULB graduate program 


Students who are in Level 5 or 6 of the Intensive English program are eligible to take CSULB university courses through Open University while in the Intensive English program. Level 5 students can enroll in 1 Open University course and Level 6 students can enroll in up to 2 Open University courses. These courses are included on students’ official transcripts and may be transferrable to other universities. ALI academic advisors assist students with course selection and registration.


Kanna Fukuo

What appealed to me about CSULB is the environment. I love sunny weather, the beaches, and the diversity of people. CSULB has all of them. It is just perfect for me!

Kanna Fukuo IEP Student