Intensive English Program (IEP) classes are now being taught 100% in-person Monday through Thursday.

The IEP meets the U.S. immigration in-person requirement for new students who apply for an F-1 visa. If you are interested in applying, visit the Admissions for International Student page to apply or email with any questions.  

About the Intensive English Program (IEP)

San Francisco is an international city where English has been taught for over 100 years. City College of San Francisco's highly trained and dedicated instructors are greatly respected and widely known for their excellence in teaching. All have advanced degrees, and many have taught and studied internationally.

The Institute for International Students, which was founded over 25 years ago, is an Intensive English Program (IEP) that offers an academic-focused English program for students who have not yet achieved 483 on the Institutional TOEFL score, 56 on iBT, 5.5 on IELTS, or 85 on Duolingo. The language program prepares students to become effective, confident speakers of English in academic institutions and professional settings as well as in everyday life. The IEP coordinator, student advisor, and staff are always ready to assist students in reaching their goals.

Students are tested at the beginning of each session, counseled, and placed in the level most appropriate to their needs. The program entails twenty hours per week of intensive instruction focusing on reading/writing, grammar, listening/speaking, and academic skills.

The Intensive English Program is also designed to prepare students for the undergraduate (Academic Program) at City College of San Francisco. Students of this program who reach the required TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo score are given priority consideration for admission into the Academic Program. The IEP will assist with the smooth transfer to this program.