IELI Academic English at IELI

The IELI Academic English Program offers English courses that prepare international students for academic studies at a university. This program is ideal for students who want to study at the University of North Texas or at another university within the United States.

Program Overview
Students attend 23 hours of class per week, Monday through Friday. These classes include core and supplemental classes (explained below).

In addition to the class schedule, students will need to spend between 15 to 20 hours per week on homework assignments. Instructors offer office hours to help students outside of class.

The Academic English Program consists of: 

  • 7 levels of English proficiency (0-6)
  • Beginner through advanced levels
  • 5 terms offered each year
  • 8-week terms: Fall I, Fall II, Spring I, Spring II, Summer

Core Classes (20 hours/week)

Communication Writing
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Pronunciation
  • Vocabulary
  • Critical thinking 
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Library research

Supplemental Classes (3 hours/week)

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Spelling
  • Note taking
  • Other academic skills

Placement Test
All new students take a placement test to determine their proficiency in the English language. Test results place students in levels 0 through 6 of the Academic English Program. Students do not need to prepare for the test.

  • What: The test lasts 2 hours and covers listening, reading, grammar, and composition.
  • When: Students take the placement test during the first day of orientation. Results are available within the week.

 Automatic placement at IELI: Your Ticket to UNT
It is now possible for international students who have taken TOEFL iBT or IELTS within the last 12 months to place directly into IELI levels 4, 5, or 6 according to the guidelines in the chart below. Students will have to submit their official scores to IELI for automatic placement after being admitted. All test scores must be submitted at least one week prior to the start of Registration & Welcome Week.

Students with these test scores Will place into And will need …
TOEFL iBT score IELTS score   IELI Levels
50 5.5 4 3 terms (6 months) to complete IELI
55 5.5 average with all sub-scores ≥ 5.5 5 2 terms (4 months) to complete IELI
60 6.0 6 1 term (2 months) to complete IELI

During New Student Orientation, students will take the IELI placement test. Based on their results, students may be assigned additional work to meet the expectations of the level they auto-placed into.

Students who are taking Level 6 and have conditional admission to an undergraduate major at UNT will be able to start taking up to two UNT courses while they finish IELI Level 6.

IELI graduates will meet UNT’s English proficiency requirement for admission to the university and are not required to take standardized exams of English proficiency.

Fast Track to UNT
To help students get started sooner at UNT, IELI now offers the course, “Fast Track to the University of North Texas.” This course is designed to get students through Levels 5 and 6 in ten weeks in summer so they meet the English proficiency requirement. Students participate in 25 hours of class and 10 hours of guided work each week so they can begin their undergraduate or graduate studies in the fall at UNT.

For more information about program dates, qualifications, and price, please click here.

For more information about our Academic English Program, please contact us at or call us at +1 (940) 565-2003.