Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the requirements for the Intensive English Program (IEP)?

A: Students must have completed high school and be at least 18 years of age*.

Q: What do I do if I have been conditionally admitted to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for an undergraduate program?

A: If you have been conditionally admitted you will receive a packet from the Office of Admissions. In that packet will be an application for IEP. Please complete the IEP application, sign it, and either:

1.) scan it and email in pdf format to:
2.) mail it to the following address:

Intensive English Program
513 E. Nebraska Hall, 901 N. 17th St.
P.O. Box 880507
Lincoln, NE 68588-0507

Q: If I have been conditionally admitted whom do I contact about my I-20?

A: You will need to contact the Office of Admissions for questions regarding your I-20.

Q: Do I have to take the TOEFL to apply for IEP?

A: No. There is not a test requirement for IEP.

Q: If I am a U.S. citizen or U.S. resident can I take classes in the IEP?

A: Yes, if you are a U.S. citizen or resident you may take classes in the IEP. You need to contact our office at: 402.472.1884 or by email at: for the application and additional information.

Q: What do I do once I have arrived on-campus in Lincoln?

A: You will need your I-20, passport, and I-94 to check in. To check in with the university you will need to visit the Intensive English Program Office at 513 East Nebraska Hall. We will then direct you to University Housing so that you can check into your university housing unit, if applicable. On the first week, there will be a Welcome Session which will offer much more information about the program, the city of Lincoln, healthcare options through the University, and ways to cope with moving overseas to study. The welcome sessions are REQUIRED for new students to the program and it usually last about 3 hours. These sessions typically occur the afternoon after taking the EPE (English Profiency Exam).

Q: How do I know which English level best fits my needs?

A: Most of our sessions begin on a Tuesday, this allows new students to take the English Placement Exam (EPE) on Monday morning, with the exam normally beginning at 8a. Your score on the EPE determines into what level of English you will be placed.

Q: What is the daily schedule of a student in the IEP like?

A: Classes in the IEP begin at 8.30a Monday thru Friday. There is a lunch break from 11.30a to 12.30p with classes normally continuing until 2.30p. You will also spend at least one afternoon class session a week in the Language Lab completing activities designed to improve pronunciation. After class you have your evenings free. Many days you will have a homework assignment to complete; however, if you practice good time management, you will have plenty of time to socialize with your friends and attend the numerous free events on-campus and in the Lincoln community.

Q: How long does take to receive an I-20?

A: It will take approximately 1-2 weeks for you to receive your I-20 after you have submitted an application and all of the required documents.

Q: How do I pay the application fee for IEP?

A: You may pay the application fee by check (if is from a bank with an American branch) or money order. In many circumstances though, we are able to waive the application fee until the student arrives in Lincoln to begin the program. We would when add the application fee onto your tuition bill.