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

  • May 13, 2018
  • August 20, 2018
  • October 15, 2018
  • January 7, 2019
  • March 11, 2019

Each program module will last approximately seven weeks. Full-time Intensive English Institute (IEI) students will be in class 22-25 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:


Submit an online application.  There is a non-refundable application fee of $55.


Submit the following items:

  1. Passport Photocopy - a copy of the main 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, private sponsorship (family and friends), or Ball State sponsorship.

Proficiency and Placement

Your English proficiency upon arrival determines the IEI course level at which you will begin. Our test ensures that you are placed at the appropriate level of English instruction.

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. IEI will also provide a TOEFL waiver letter for students under the conditional admission policy.