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Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is an academic support service designed to help international students enhance their academic success by improving their English language proficiency and increasing their familiarity with US culture. Small classes and individual attention characterize Drake's IEP, where intermediate and advanced level courses are offered year-round. Course placement will be based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

All IEP courses are academically focused to improve English language skills as well as familiarity with academic content, vocabulary and US classroom practices. 

Drake IEP students have full access to university facilities, including the Library, Health Center, Career Center, recreational facilities, Counseling Center, and, of course, the International Center. They may participate in any campus event or student activity that is available to degree-seeking students.  IEP students will learn to access campus services, library holdings, faculty and each other via Drake e-mail, Blackboard, and the MyDrake system.

The IEP is offered during the Fall (15 weeks, August – December), Spring (15 weeks, January – May) and Summer (4 weeks, July).   

   Fall or Spring (per semester)
      Full-time (≥6 IEP courses) $6,500
  (per course)
      Part-time (<6 IEP courses) $1,300
   Summer (per semester)
      Full-time (6 IEP courses) $3,460
       (per session)
      Part-time (<6 IEP courses) $1,730
  (per course)

For full details on program costs, including housing, books, health insurance and other fees, see the Drake IEP Financial Certificate

All students in the IEP must have a high school diploma and at least a beginning knowledge of the English language (language proficiency requirements may vary based on a program). 


1. A copy of your passport;

2. A completed IEP Application for Admission;

3. A $25 application fee (non-refundable) in the form of a check from a U.S. bank or a U.S./international money order. Credit card payments are accepted through Student Accounts by phone or by email. Our office can provide you with their contact information if needed.

In addition to that, full-time F-1 students must also provide:

4. A certified copy of the official transcripts in your native language and a certified copy of the transcripts translated into English; we do not require original transcripts; however, if you submit a scanned copy by email, it has to show that the copy was certified;

5. Financial documentation showing sufficient funds to cover one full year of IEP tuition, housing, meals and fees in the amount of $33,336:

  • An original copy of the , signed by your sponsor and signed/stamped by a bank official
  • An original bank statement or
  • An original letter from a bank, on bank letterhead, stating the amount of funds available. Letter must have an original bank official signature and/or stam

Electronic copies of the above items should be sent via email to 

Hard copies should be mailed to:

Kendra Hossain-Morehead
Drake University International Center
2507 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311

For more information please email Kendra Hossain-Morehead or call 515-271-2084.