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Intensive English Language Institute (IELI)

UT Tyler's IELI Program assists non-native English speakers to improve their English language and culture skills as well as prepare for university matriculation and success in a global environment. Organized into two 8-week sessions each semester, the program includes Listening & Speaking; Grammar & Idioms; Reading & Discussion; Writing & Editing/Research; and Support Sessions/Computer Lab. Optional seminars include a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) preparation seminar geared for students who need to become familiar with the Internet-based test (IBT) format and practice English skills and test strategies, an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) seminar, English Language Development (ELD) seminars focusing on conversation and grammar, and Pronunciation seminars to help students speak more clearly, focusing on stress, intonation patterns, and individual sounds. In addition, specialty seminars such as English for Business, English for Engineering, and English for Nursing are available.

The University of Texas at Tyler is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC), the regional body for the accreditation of degree-granting higher education institutions in the southern states. In addition, the IELI is recognized by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission (SACM). As part of the University, UT Tyler's Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) provides instructional programs critical to UT Tyler's mission, offering current and future international students, scholars and faculty with high-quality English language training and orientation programs. The IELI also offers opportunities for learning, collaboration and research in language acquisition in conjunction with UT Tyler's School of Education, as well as at UT Tyler's Innovation Academy, modeling cutting-edge learning for primary and middle school education.

IELI Attendance Policy and Guidelines
IELI students are expected to attend all classes and remain in class the entire period. IELI instructors record absences and tardiness daily. Students arriving more than 5 minutes late to class will be counted tardy. Three (3) late arrivals to class are equivalent to one (1) absence. Students with five (5) unexcused absences occurring during one 8-week period will be dropped from the IELI classes they are enrolled in without the refund of tuition, fees or books. NOTE: 100% attendance is expected in all Seminar sessions.

English Proficiency
Admission to UT Tyler requires a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 79 or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 and 6 or greater in all sub-sections.

Undergraduate students: TOEFL, PTE, AND IELTS scores will be waived for individuals who complete Level 6 of the University of Texas at Tyler Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) with no grade lower than an A or those who complete Level 7 with no grade lower than a B.

For specific admissions criteria for UT Tyler, please see International Undergraduate and Graduate Student Admissions descriptions in the UT Tyler Catalog. 

NOTE: The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for TOEFL for The University of Texas at Tyler is 6850.

The IELI is designed to help prepare students to successfully meet TOEFL requirements and matriculate into the university. For more information about UT Tyler's English Language Institute contact:

Community English Class
The UT Tyler IELI offers a free course to assist community members with English development skills. The Community English Class will be offered in the Fall on Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00 p.m. For directions or additional information contact:
For information about admission to a UT Tyler undergraduate program.
For information about admission to a UT Tyler graduate program.