International Education Center

Intensive English Program (IEP)


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.

2022  Intensive English Program Start Dates:

Winter session 2022

January Session

Tuesday January 4- Friday January 28

Spring Sessions 2022

February Session

Monday January 31- Friday February 25

March Session

Monday February 28- Friday March 25

April Session

Monday March 28- Friday April 29

May Session

Monday May 2-Friday May 27

Summer sessions 2022

June Session

Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 24  

July Session

Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, July 29

August Session (3 week Language & Culture session)

Monday, August 1 – Friday, August 19

Fall sessions 2022


Tuesday September 6 - Friday September 30

October Session:

Monday October 3 - Friday October 28

November Session:

Monday October 31 - Wednesday Nov 23

December Session

Monday November 28 - December 16 (3 week session)

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.