Why Ball State IEI?


Programs

IEI Program

The Ball State University Intensive English Institute (IEI) provides seven-week intensive English instruction for all levels of non-native speakers of English who have a secondary school (high school) degree. All classes are at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, USA.

Admission

We offer rolling admission, which means you can choose your start date:

  • Fall 2022 Session 1: August 22
  • Fall 2022 Session 2: October 17
  • Spring 2023 Session 3: January 9
  • Spring 2023 Session 4: March 13

Each program module will last approximately seven weeks. Full-time Intensive English Institute (IEI) students will be in class 20-24 hours per week. Class sizes may range from a few students to no more than 15 students per class.

Admission Requirements and Procedures

The Intensive English Institute is a non-degree seeking program. This means that applicants are not required to submit official transcripts. However, you must have graduated from high school. You can apply to the Intensive English Institute by following these 2 easy steps:

If you are applying to IEI only, the application due dates are:

  • Session 1: June 15
  • Session 2: October 1
  • Session 3: November 15
  • Session 4: March 1
  • STEP 1: Submit an online application. There is a non-refundable application fee of $60.
  • STEP 2: After you are admitted, you will receive email instructions to fill out forms and upload the following documents.
    1. Passport Photocopy - a copy of the main photo page of your passport along with copies for any dependents (including spouse) that you plan to bring.
    2. Proof of Funding - you must prove your ability to pay for your living expenses and university fees through one of the following: personal funding bank statements, private sponsorship (family and friends bank statements or bank letters and a letter of financial support which we can supply), government or business sponsorship, or Ball State sponsorship. 

Proficiency and Placement

Your English proficiency upon arrival determines the IEI course level at which you will begin. Once you have been admitted, you will be provided with information on how to take the placement test.

Continuing Study and Conditional Admission

IEI students interested in applying for undergraduate or graduate study in regular courses at Ball State upon completion of the IEI can be conditionally admitted. This allows IEI students to receive an official letter of admission to be used for government scholarships and/or visa purposes.

If you are applying for conditional admission, the application process and due dates can be found here:

 

VIEW IEI COURSESIEI STUDENT HANDBOOK (PDF)

The IEI Academic Bridge Program allows international students who have English proficiency scores slightly lower than the minimum requirement to begin taking academic classes while studying part time in the final level of the IEI. Students must be applying for conditional admission to an academic program in order to qualify for admission into the IEI Academic Bridge Program.

IEI students interested in applying for undergraduate or graduate study in regular courses at Ball State upon completion of the IEI can be conditionally admitted. This allows IEI students to receive an official letter of admission to be used for government scholarships and/or visa purposes. IEI will also provide a TOEFL waiver letter for students under the conditional admission policy.

Academic Bridge students must meet the following English proficiency requirements for the IEI Academic Bridge Program:

  • Duolingo English Test score of 100 or 105
  • TOEFL ibt score of 75-78; Ball State also accepts MyBest TOEFL scores
  • IELTS score of 6.0
  • Pearson PTE score of 51-52

 

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In collaboration with Ross Community Center, the Intensive English Institute offers free ESL classes. These classes focus on Reading and Grammar and English conversation.

The fall 2021 session starts in October. See flyers for more information.

 

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Activities

International Services offers many fun activities such as Photo Contest, Friendship Family, Culture Exchange, Cultural Connextions, Sip & Chat, and International Ambassadors. Learn More

Customized Programs

IEI also offers customized sponsored-group programs. Whether you are searching for English-teacher training, academic and cultural orientation, academic English, or business English, we can create a program tailored to your needs. If needed, faculty and staff from other academic fields, schools, or businesses will assist in the instruction of your sponsored group. Costs vary depending on the group your size.

Program services include:

  • Custom-tailored curriculum
  • Special orientation program
  • Field trips
  • Cultural enrichment activities
  • Visits to local schools, businesses, and community groups
  • Housing arrangements, including homestays
  • Transportation
  • Counseling services
  • An IEI contact person and advisor for your sponsored group
  • Periodic reports to sponsor
  • Certificate of Participation

 

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Our Mission

The mission of the Intensive English Institute (IEI) is twofold, with both elements having equal importance. One goal is to facilitate international students’ progress in English proficiency and the knowledge of US culture necessary for success in academic coursework in the United States. The IEI aids students in the acquisition of English in order for students to begin their coursework as soon as possible.

The second purpose is to encourage the development and research of best practices in the area of language teaching and learning. Therefore, participation in classroom-based research, inquiry, and reflection is encouraged for all IEI faculty. Additionally, the IEI provides university students in appropriately–related graduate programs opportunities for hands-on teaching experience and practical training in a supportive environment.

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Intensive English Institute

Robert Bell Building (RB), Room 353
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306 USA

765-285-2044

Accreditation

The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

The Intensive English Institute is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period August 2018 through August 2027 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency. For further information about this accreditation, please contact the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.