Welcome to the IEP!
The mission of the Mississippi College Intensive English Program (IEP) is to prepare international students for academic course work toward an undergraduate or graduate degree at Mississippi College. To achieve that goal, the Intensive English Program has the following aims:
- To enable international students with the English skills needed to successfully attend and complete any course at Mississippi College.
- To equip international students with information regarding American culture so that they may transition smoothly into Mississippi College campus life.
- To provide international students with frequent opportunities to practice and cultivate their Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking skills so that they may become proficient users of English, especially in an academic setting.
- To lay a foundation of confidence and competence in English upon which students can build as they engage in activities, relationships, organizations, and work while learning at Mississippi College.
In addition to classes in Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary, Grammar and Pronunciation, the Intensive English Program at Mississippi College offers a wide range of activities and opportunities for interacting with the university community.
Each semester IEP students take various trips off campus to fully experience their local surroundings as well as major surrounding cities. For more information, please visit the field trips page.
Throughout the year, the International Programs office, along with the Intensive English Program, hosts various festivals to celebrate the countries and cultures of our international students: Moon Festival, Celebration of Culture, and International Festival.
Thankfully, the Intensive English Program at MC is supported strongly by the university and the local community. Mississippi College has organizations on campus, such as the Baptist Student Union, Reformed University Fellowship, and the International Student Association, who serve the international students in any needed capacity. Some of these organizations have even helped in picking up and welcoming international students at the airport!
On the first Thursday of every month, the Office of Global Education, in partnership with the Intensive English Program and local community groups, hosts Global Cafe. This event, held at Cup's, Mississippi's own coffee house, is an opportunity for international students to meet and talk with American students and members of the local community.
For detailed information regarding the Intensive English Program at Mississippi College, please view the IEP Handbook.