English schools in the USA and Canada
The UC Davis Extension Intensive English Program is one of the oldest and most respected international English programs in the University of California system. Thousands of students from around the world have studied in our various programs. This 10-week program is offered year-round—in fall, winter, spring and summer quarters—and includes a total of 220 hours of instruction at eight different levels of proficiency. It is ideal for those wanting to learn English for academic, professional or social purposes.
eight levels—from beginning to advanced
20 hours of instruction per week
small classes (approximately 12-20)
two hours of MRC per week
free TOEFL test every quarter
highly qualified and experienced instructors
Wide selection of elective courses:
American slang and idioms
business writing, reading and oral skills classes
academic listening and note-taking
Core classes depend on proficiency level and include:
reading and vocabulary
listening and speaking
Study Alongside American Students
Students in the advanced levels can also choose to audit and/or take courses for credit on the UC Davis campus through the Bridge Program. Students have a wide choice of academic courses in economics, history, psychology, linguistics, communication, engineering and other fields.
Students can attend the first part of any 10-week session as long as they give advance notice to the IEPP office. They must attend a minimum of four weeks of the 10-week session.
Access to Academic Support
Students have access to individualized, guided self-study materials in our nationally-recognized Multimedia Resource Center. Academic advising, including help with university applications, and personal coaching are also available.
Placement by English Language Ability
Intensive English Program students are placed in one of eight proficiency levels based on a written and oral evaluation. Basic- and intermediate-level students focus on core grammar, listening and speaking skills, reading comprehension, vocabulary and composition courses in addition to a Multimedia Resource component for more extensive skills practice. High intermediate students can choose from elective courses, such as Intermediate Listening, American Slang and Idioms, Drama and Pronunciation. More advanced English-speaking students choose from among various core classes and electives, such as Advanced Reading, Vocabulary Enrichment, Advanced Discussion, Public Speaking, Business Vocabulary and Idioms, Advanced Writing, and TOEFL Preparation. Some students choose to take courses for credit on the UC Davis campus or at UC Davis Extension through the Bridge Program.
Some students stay up to a year, progressing through greater levels of mastery. Students who plan to attend graduate school in the U.S. or work in an American setting often spend at least one quarter improving their English skills in the Intensive English Program.
Each quarter, optional trips are planned to scenic, cultural and historic places like San Francisco, Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, the Napa Valley wine region, Las Vegas, San Diego and Los Angeles. The field trips (which vary each quarter) offer a unique opportunity to see California and experience American culture with fellow students and Recreation Program Leaders.
About UC Davis:
The University of California, Davis (UC Davis) has more than 30,000 students and stretches over 2,000 hectares. A comprehensive university with more than 100 majors, UC Davis consists of schools, colleges and divisions of Letters and Science, Engineering, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Law, Management, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. Ranked as one of the top 12 research institutions in the country, UC Davis supports numerous laboratories and off-site facilities throughout the state. Its faculty is recognized worldwide for distinguished scholarly and scientific achievements.
Students come from all over the United States and from countries throughout the world to attend UC Davis. The academic year consists of three 11-week quarters. The fall quarter runs from late September to mid December; the winter quarter from early January to mid March; and the spring quarter from late March to mid June. In addition to its academic and research activities, the university boasts an excellent collection of sports facilities and a wide variety of student organizations and clubs that create an active and engaging student life. In fact, UC Davis has been ranked 14 out of 660 colleges in the country for fostering a healthy, "fit" lifestyle.
With a strong commitment to fostering lifelong learning, UC Davis Extension is the professional and continuing education provider for the University of California, Davis. The International English and Professional Programs (IEPP) offer a growing number of programs for international participants. UC Davis Extension also draws international participants to many of its more unique public courses, such as law, agriculture, information technology, business management, viticulture and brewing—in traditional classroom and online formats. Extension instructors are UC Davis faculty members and other professionals who are recognized for their expertise and contributions in their respective fields.