Future students

The Intensive English Langauge Center is dedicated to supporting the language development skills of our students to prepare them for personal, academic and professional success. The Intensive English Langauge Center is dedicated to supporting the language development skills of our students to prepare them for personal, academic and professional success.

Why should you choose the IELC?

We are accredited by the Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA) and are a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). We emphasize academic skill development and provide orientation and academic advisement to students. Our staff is experienced, each holding a master's degree or PhD.

But why select the Intensive English Language Program?

  • Full-time English program with 20 class hours per week
  • 5-, 8-, 10, and 16-week programs
  • Six levels of instruction, from beginning to graduate
  • Receive certificate of completion for each level of instruction

The IELC also connects students to campus- and community-based activities and events:

  • Weekly social and cultural activities
  • Opportunities to get involved with campus activities
  • Special trips to local areas, such as Lake Tahoe, Virginia City and more

Conditional admission to the University of Nevada, Reno

Students can also work with the IELC to secure admission without English proficiency or conditional admission to a University program without the required English proficiency score. Our programs can help you complete the English requirement.

Admission without English proficiency

You may enter the University of Nevada, Reno and Nevada colleges at the undergraduate or graduate level without an English proficiency test score (TOEFL, IELTS, PEARSON) after completing the IELC program.

Conditional admission

If you are already academically qualified for university admission but you do not have the required English proficiency score, you may receive conditional admission to your University program. Your admission documents will state that you will begin academic coursework after completion of the English requirement.

Graduate-level students should check with their program to see if they offer conditional graduate admission or accept the IELC recommendation to fulfill the TOEFL/IELTS requirement before applying. Select graduate program may allow you to enroll in one academic class, while studying English full-time.

Housing options

On-campus housing

There are nine different dormitories on campus offering a variety of living styles and meal plans. Remember, the dormitories are generally quite full and early reservations are very important. Currently, there is no homestay program at the university. Off-campus housing is available near the campus, however these arrangements must be made by the student. Our office is happy to assist you with this process if needed.

Off-campus housing

There is a wide variety of housing available in Reno for both married and single students: on-campus housing is arranged through the University's Residential Life, Housing and Food Service. Also your acceptance packet will include a list of apartments, all within walking distance of classes and on the University bus routes.