The University of Missouri’s Intensive English Program (IEP) launches students’ language study in the midst of a thriving, dynamic campus and a wonderful town packed with opportunities. The IEP curriculum offers small classes with personalized learning, focused on academic preparation through university-level projects.
The IEP focuses on pre-university academic-track students but accepts 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. Twenty-six Brazilian students enrolled at MU for Fall Semester, 2016.
Once enrolled as an undergraduate student, ongoing resources are available through the English Language Support Program (ELSP) if needed.
Executive Director, Center for English Language Learning
An innovative Conversation Partners program pairs IEP students with MU undergraduates and 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.
MU is an elite, American research university, offering nearly 300 degree programs to over 34,000 total students, including more than 2,500 international students. In addition to many other points of pride, 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 women’s and men’s athletic teams make MU a dynamic student experience. The campus is a designated national botanical garden, pairing lush gardens with elegant architecture.
MU’s global focus not only brings international students to campus, it also sends nearly 1,500 students to study abroad annually in over 40 countries. 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.
The University of Missouri has many connections to Brazil. The MU College of Education works with selected schools in Brazil to offer the Mizzou K-12 Online program in partnership with HSE. High school students who successfully complete this program receive an accredited US high school diploma in addition to their Brazilian diploma, and are eligible for admission to the University of Missouri.
“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. 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.”