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Intensive English Program (IEP)

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Program Description

The Intensive English Program at Hawaiʻi Community College is to provide academic English language instruction and comprehensive support services to international students seeking academic, personal, and professional goals in a rich, cross-cultural environment.

The IEP offers 18 hours a week of academic English instruction in reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar skills. Students are prepared with the skills that they need to study in an American university.

The IEP is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). Hawaiʻi Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the IEP are expected to be able to do the following:

  • Apply writing and critical thinking skills to personal and academic assignments.
  • Apply appropriate skills to read, comprehend and respond to introductory-level academic and authentic texts.
  • Apply listening and speaking skills to lectures, presentations, and in-class discussions.
  • Understand grammar concepts and apply them to the other skill areas.

Program Courses

IEP has three core classes, Writing & Grammar, Reading & Vocabulary, and Listening & Speaking. The class schedule is available online at the IEP website.

F1 students must take all 3 courses. Tourists and Residents may choose the courses they would like to take. Tourists may not take more than 2 courses.

Program Progression

Progression of student levels in IEP program

The IEP admission process is simple. Learn more on our IEP How to Apply webpage.
All costs are based on one 8-week session

F1 Student

  • $75 One-time application fee
  • $2205 Tuition for 8-week session
  • $1200-$2000 Estimated cost for housing
  • $170 Estimated cost for health insurance
  • $150-$175 Estimated cost for books and materials
  • $50 Optional on-time fee for pre-arrival support

Tourist/Non-Residents

  • $25 One-time application fee
  • $735/class Tuition for 8-week session
  • $1200-$2000 Estimated cost for housing
  • $170 Estimated cost for health insurance
  • $150-$175 Estimated cost for books and materials
  • $50 Optional on-time fee for pre-arrival support

Residents

  • $25 One-time application fee
  • $275/class Tuition for 8-week session
  • $150-$175 Estimated cost for books and materials
Pre-arrival support is especially convenient if this is your first experience abroad or it's your first time in Hilo. With the $50.00 support fee (non-refundable), IEP staff helps you arrange housing. For more detailed information visit the IEP Support.

Contact us TODAY if you need assistance or have any questions about our program.

IEP Website

Email

Phone: +1-808-934-2698