University of Missouri


University of Missouri ESL Program – Excellence in Language Learning at an Elite Research University

The University of Missouri’s Intensive English Program (IEP) launches students’ language study in the midst of a thriving, dynamic campus packed with opportunities. The IEP curriculum offers small classes with personalized learning, focused on academic preparation through university-level projects. The ESL program is poised for growth, with plans to double student enrollment in the next five years.

Meeting Students’ Language Needs

The IEP focuses on pre-university academic-track students but will accept other students as well. Previous non-degree-seeking students have included Brazilian bankers, musicians, and attorneys. Most IEP students choose to continue their education at the University of Missouri (MU), including several Brazilian students who have pursued both undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Department of Music. Ten BSMP students studied in the IEP in summer and fall 2014, followed by undergraduate study at the university.

Once enrolled as an undergraduate student, ongoing resources are available through the English Language Support Program (ELSP) if needed.

Part of the Community

An innovative Conversation Partners program not only pairs IEP students with MU undergraduates, but also offers dialogue partnerships with retired individuals including university professors, administrators, and physicians at a nearby retirement community.

Other opportunities include regularly planned field trips both through the IEP and through the campus Missouri Student Association. The university sponsors an Alternative Spring Break program for volunteer projects with Habitat for Humanity or other worthy causes.

IEP students are fully integrated into campus life and can access 100% of the university student facilities and resources – from libraries and computer labs to student dormitories and a beautiful, nationally ranked, state-of-the-art student recreation center.

The University Context

MU is an elite, American research university, offering nearly 300 degree programs to over 35,000 total students, including more than 2,500 international students. Notable areas of study include journalism, health professions, engineering, business, and psychology.

It is also home to the University of Missouri Research Reactor Center (MURR), which is the highest power university research reactor in the US, and has contributed significant scientific findings in neutron scattering and boron neutron capture theory.

Additionally, diverse student groups and outstanding athletic teams make MU a dynamic and energetic student experience. The campus is a designated botanical garden, pairing lush gardens with elegant architecture.

A Lasting International Commitment

MU’s global focus not only brings international students to campus, it also sends 1,000 students to study abroad annually. More than 200 international partnerships link MU to 45 countries through connections in the corporate, government, academic, and NGO realms. An education at MU connects students to broad-based international opportunities.

Student Testimonial

mossouri-testim-imgAna Maria Barbosa Lima Sousa, Brazil, Food Science, undergraduate:
“I want to get my PhD, so Mizzou gives me the opportunity to grow up in a personal and professional way. Like I can improve my English, create networks with people, and I have the opportunity to have classes that I would not be able to in my country… I loved the IEP. It was a very great experience because I have never come in contact with different cultures, so the IEP gave me the opportunity and it was amazing to have in my classroom to have people from all over the world. And the instructors in IEP were awesome. I love the professors. For my schedule we have classes from 9am to 3:30pm and then we had time for break. In my class there was around 15 people, so we get the chance to meet every person in the class and I have friends over there. It was very good.”


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