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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 use on-campus computers to access campus services, library holdings, faculty and each other via Drake e-mail and the MyDUSIS system.

The IEP is offered during the Fall (16 weeks, August – December), Spring (16 weeks, January – May) and Summer (5-10 weeks, June – August).  Short-term students can enroll for a period of 4 to 8 weeks within the Fall and Spring semesters.

All students in the IEP must have a high school diploma and at least a beginning knowledge of the English language. 


  • A certified copy of the official transcripts in your native language and a certified copy of the transcripts translated into English;
  • A copy of your passport;

(We do not require original transcripts; however, if you submit a scanned copy by email, it has to show that the copy was certified.)

  • A completed IEP Application for Admission;
  • A $25 application fee in 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.)
  • Financial documentation showing sufficient funds to cover one full year of IEP tuition and fees in the amount of $26,090 (see the IEP Financial Certificate 2018-2019 for details). Please, provide one of the following:
  • An original copy of the IEP Financial Certificate 2018-2019, signed by your sponsor and signed/stamped by a bank official
  • An original bank statement
  • 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 stamp
  • An electronic copy of the above items should be sent via email to: Dina Khayrushina


Hard copies should be mailed to:

Dina Khayrushina
Drake University International Center
2507 University Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311


Click on the following link for the fall 2018 class schedule:

Fall 2018 Intensive English Program Class Schedule

For more information please email Dina Khayrushina or call at 515-271-2084.