Intensive English Program Overview

IMPORTANT NOTICE: the Cerritos College IEP program is suspended until further notice. No application accepted at this time.

International Students


Program Overview

Cerritos College is an accredited two-year community college that offers a full-time Intensive English Program (IEP) where you can develop the language skills you need and be prepared to study and earn college credit at our college or any other college/university in the U.S. The program is taught in our non-credit Community Education program. The IEP program is a student-centered environment where you will be fully immersed into the English language and culture. The faculty and staff are dedicated to making your learning and cultural experience rewarding.

Review IEP Application requirements

Program Highlights:

  • 16 weeks (4 months) of instruction per session
  • Over 360 hours of Intensive English language training.
  • Admitted students will be assessed and assigned into a group (level 1 or level 2). Instruction is customized based on level.
  • Classes meet Monday through Thursday
  • Improve English writing, reading, grammar and speaking skills
  • Engage in extra-curricular activities, including  field trips and conversation time with American students
  • Conditional Acceptance - Apply for Cerritos Academic (Full-time) at the same time as IEP and receive conditional acceptance to Cerritos Academic program. This means that once you successfully complete IEP, you can begin the credit program without taking any English Proficiency exams (i.e. TOEFL, IELTS, etc). 
  • Transfer to a 4-year university. Cerritos College has a very high transfer rate of its international students - our graduates transfer to top universities such as UCLA, USC, UCI, UC Berkeley, Cal State Long Beach and many more.

Cost Includes:

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  • 20+ hours of instruction per week
  • Assessment testing
  • Orientation
  • All books & class materials needed
  • Conversation/Idiom practice each week
  • Use of the language lab & tutors on campus
  • Access to other language & writing workshops on campus
  • A cultural field trip, and
  • Certificate upon completion

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