Intensive English Program (IEP)
The Intensive English Program at Santa Monica College offers a strong plan to help you improve your skills in speaking, reading, listening to, and writing English. Classes start at the beginning of every month. The cost is only $1,000 per month!
Intensive English Section Dates
The Intensive English Program offers students the opportunity to join the program at the beginning of every month for intensive preparation in academic English and campus culture. Twice each year, the program offers a Language and Culture session, which includes field trips into the community, an emphasis on developing social English skills, and learning about American culture both on and off campus.
2021-2022 Intensive English Program Start Dates:
Fall sessions 2021
Monday August 30 - Friday September 24
Monday October 4 - Friday October 29
Monday November 1 - Wednesday Nov 24
November 29 - December 17 (3 week session)
Winter session 2022
Tuesday January 4- Friday January 28
Spring Sessions 2022
Monday January 31- Friday February 25
Monday February 28- Friday March 25
Monday March 28- Friday April 29
Monday May 2-Friday May 27
Summer sessions 2022
Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 24
Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, July 29
August Session (3 week Language & Culture session)
Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 19
Intensive English For Beginning Level Students (Not For Credit)
These not-for-credit courses, Intensive English 1 and Intensive English 2, are intended for F-1 international students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL or alternative proof of English proficiency to be admitted as an academic program F-1 international student. This intensive, multi-skills course is designed for beginners who are literate in one language and interested in learning English for basic communication and ultimately for success in for credit college classes.
The course provides an introduction to the basic structures of the English language and focuses on the reading, writing, listening and speaking skills necessary for living and studying in the US. The Intensive English Courses meet 20 contact hours per week. During the fall and spring semester, classes meet 4 hours per day Monday – Friday. Students are assigned to a morning and an afternoon session. Please note that during the winter or summer session, the schedule may be altered to take place Monday-Thursday for 20 contact hours per week but participants will be notified of this schedule prior to the start of the session.
To apply for the Intensive English Program, visit the How to Apply to SMC page.
All students accepted into the SMC Intensive English Program will participate in a mandatory orientation, which takes place before the start of classes.
You will need to arrive in the U.S. before your orientation date to secure your own housing. Students who do not arrive in time for their orientation program may be deferred to the following session or semester at SMC.
Students who complete the IEP after passing the final exam may enroll in for credit ESL courses as part of the academic program. Students may take other college-level courses while completing the higher levels of the ESL courses.
SMC English as a Second Language (ESL)- For Academic Credit
Students who complete the INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM (IEP) after passing the final exam may enroll in for credit ESL courses as part of the academic program. Students may take other college-level courses while completing the higher levels of the ESL courses. To learn more about the for-credit ESL program, please visit the ESL Department website.