About the Intensive English Program

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, or 5.5 on IELTS. 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.

    Dates and Fees

    Fall 2020

    Full Semester Course (18 weeks):

    • Date: August 17, 2020 - December 15, 2020
    • Time: Monday - Friday, 10am - 2pm
    • Tuition and fees: $3,015 total

    Half Semester Courses (9 weeks):

    • Date: August 17, 2020 - October 14, 2020 or October 15, 2020 - December 15, 2020
    • Time: Monday - Friday, 10am - 2pm
    • Tuition and fees: $1,615 total

    Spring 2021

    Full Semester Course (18 weeks):

    • Date: January 19, 2021, to May 25, 2021
    • Time: Monday - Friday, 10am - 2pm
    • Tuition and fees: $3,015 total

    Half Semester Courses (9 weeks):

    • Dates: January 19, 2021, to March 19, 2021 or March 22, 2021 to May 25, 2021
    • Time: Monday - Friday, 10am - 2pm
    • Tuition and fees: $1,615 total

    The above total cost includes the $20 health service fee for Spring/Fall semester courses ($16 health service fee for Summer).

    We cannot accept cash or personal checks. A cashier's check, credit card (through Flywire), or money order is required.

    Checks should be made out to City College of San Francisco. An extra $25 will be charged for all returned payments. An activity fee will be collected on the first day of school. Please do not include this fee with your payment. 

    There is no refund after the first week of class.


    • 17 1/2-week and 8 1/2-week school year programs as well as 4 and 8-week summer programs
    • 20 hours per week of instruction, plus field trips and special activities
    • Intensive training in English includes reading and writing, grammar, speaking and listening skills
    • Emphasis on study skills including note-taking, use of the library, test-taking, academic listening skills, and American classroom methods and culture
    • Practice in American pronunciation and conversation skills
    • Preparation and practice for the TOEFL examination, including test-taking techniques included in all classes
    • Institutional TOEFL tests are given three times every semester to IEP students