Intensive English Program

Requirements | Program Fees | Outcomes | Curriculum | Sample Schedule | Preparation for Graduate Studies

Program Overview

The California State University, East Bay Intensive English Program features:

  • 10-week quarters in Fall, Winter, Spring and 8-week sessions starting in Summer 2018
  • Six levels of academic English instruction
  • Small class size - average 15 students per class, allowing for a dynamic exchange between students and instructor
  • IELTS preparation classes
  • Individual academic advising and support


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Minimum level of English proficiency

Program Fees

Program Fees

Intensive English Program

(Spring 2018 - 10 weeks)

Intensive English Program

(Summer 2018 - 8 weeks)

Application Fee
$150 one-time application fee & each time deferring or changing program
Student Health Services Fee / Quarter $101
ALP Tuition / Quarter $2,899 $2,500
Total Fees / Quarter $3,000 $2,601


  • Fluency in English speaking and writing for academic, professional, and general purposes
  • Preparation for freshman year or graduate studies at CSUEB
  • Broadened knowledge of academic subjects from a U.S. perspective
  • Enjoyment of many intellectual, social and cultural experiences


Students are given their class schedules based on their results of the English placement tests given during the orientation. The length of the program depends on the student's level of English upon arrival and academic progress.

The curriculum consists of a required Core Program of 3 courses:

  • Reading/Writing
  • Listening/Speaking
  • Grammar

It is mandatory for students to take one course from a variety of Electives at all levels, along with the core program. These courses are designed to help students practice learning typical first year university content in English. Electives include such courses as U.S. American Culture, Hospitality Management, Current Events, Test Preparation, Community Services, and University Preparation Program.

All new students are required to take the supplemental program Bay Area Experience, a weekly off-campus activities to encourage English use outside the classroom.

University Preparation Advising Workshop is offered quarterly to provide university degree counseling and admission advising and preparation for freshman year at CSUEB. 

Sample Schedule (Subject to Change)

Sample Schedule
Morning Reading / Writing Listening / Speaking Reading / Writing Listening / Speaking Reading / Writing
Grammar Elective Grammar Elective Grammar
Afternoon Bay Area Experience
Individual Advising Individual Advising Individual Advising Individual Advising Individual Advising

Preparation for Graduate Studies

Students who plan to enter a university graduate program at Cal State East Bay or other university in the United States should take courses in the Intensive English Program. Based on the results of their initial placement, students who receive permission from the ALP Director may have the option of taking such courses as:

  • GMAT Preparation
  • Graduate Reading and Writing
  • Undergraduate CSUEB courses to meet graduate program goals
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