Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) Overview

Since 1979, the IELI at Creighton University has been helping students from different language backgrounds enhance their English skills.  Core courses in grammar, writing, reading, and speaking/listening focus on academic language skills across seven proficiency levels--from high beginning to advanced.

IELI classes meet four hours a day, Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.; additionally, there are regularly-scheduled co-curricular activities outside of the classroom. The IELI has a full semester (17-week) session in the fall and spring with 4 levels: beginner, intermediate, high intermediate, and advanced/Bridge. There is also an 8-week program each summer.

The mission of the IELI is 

  1. to provide intensive English instruction and support services to help prepare IELI students for the academic rigors necessary at Creighton University;

  2. to promote the practice and scholarship of English language teaching in an environment of integrity and respect;

  3. to provide guidance in the areas of intercultural understanding, campus and community participation, and global citizenship; and

  4. to reflect and support the mission of Creighton University.