Intensive English Language Institute (IELI)

The University of Texas at Tyler

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The Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) is a self-supporting auxiliary unit within the OIP designed to prepare local and foreign non-native English-speaking students to improve their language and culture skills, successfully meet the requirements of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English (PTE), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), and matriculate into the university. IELI students are non-degree seeking students who take non-credit bearing English classes.   

English Proficiency Waiver for undergraduate and graduate admission: TOEFL, PTE, IELTS, and EIKEN scores will be waived for students who complete Level 6 of UT Tyler’s IELI Program with no grade lower than an A, or those who complete Level 7 with no grade lower than a B.

Please note that individual graduate programs may have higher standards for English proficiency. Applicants should check with program advisors for details on English Language Proficiency requirements.

For more information email or call 903.565.5735.

Application Deadlines


Available Course Options

The Academic English program is available for upper intermediate to advanced students, offering daily in-class meetings, assignments, projects, and homework.

A General English course is available for beginner to lower intermediate students. Placement in the course will be determined with a placement test. It is a lower-cost option for those seeking to improve their language skills prior to entering the Academic English coursework. 

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