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Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) Overview


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


Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) laboratory sessions reinforce what is learned in the classroom and co-curricular activities provide the cultural context for the practice of language skills learned.  Special Topics courses further prepare students for academic success.


IELI classes meet four hours a day, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Students also attend a weekly CALL Lab class held from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  A full-time load consists of 21 hours a week.   Five Terms of eight weeks each are offered each year. Small classes allow individualized instruction. 


The mission of the Intensive English Language Institute at Creighton University is to help students from different language backgrounds to:

  • Communicate effectively in English
  • Deepen their understanding of the U.S. culture and
  • Prepare for the rigors of undergraduate and graduate studies