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This section has answers to some common questions you may have. If you have other questions, please contact us directly.



1. What are the courses like? 

Much research and planning went into developing course content, materials and assignments. IEP classes include Reading and Listening for Academic Purposes, Extensive Reading, Writing for University Exams, Structure and Composition, and Oral Communication for Academic Purposes. Computer skills are an important part of the IEP curriculum. Students increase their knowledge of word processing, e-mail, and the Internet through class activities. Please refer to Courses for detailed information.


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2. When does the program begin and end?

The IEP follows the academic calendar of the university closely. Fall semester (14 weeks) begins mid-August and ends early December; Spring semester (14 weeks) begins early January and ends late April or early May, and Summer semester (10 weeks) begins mid-May and ends late July. Please refer to Costs and Dates for more specific information.


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3. How long does it take to finish the program?

The IEP has five levels. On the first day of orientation, you will take a placement exam to determine in which level you should be placed. Therefore, your starting level determines how long the program takes to finish. If you are full-time, you’ll progress one level each semester, provided you pass each of your courses with a C- or above (see course information). There are three semesters in one year.


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4. When are the classes held?

Classes are held in the the mornings/early afternoon Monday through Friday. Refer back to the Daily Schedule for a weekly class schedule. A full-time student is in class for a total of 18 hours per week during fall and spring semester, and 25 hours per week during summer semester.


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5. How many students are in a class?

The average class size is 16 students.

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6. How much is tuition?

Please refer to Costs and Dates for information about educational costs in the IEP.  Keep in mind that like all Georgia State student, you’ll pay university fees for use of the library, computers, recreation center, health center, counseling services, Georgia State student activities, etc.


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7. Is financial aid available for IEP tuition?

No, unfortunately, Pell Grants, Hope Scholarships and other forms of financial aid are not available for your IEP tuition because you do not receive degree credit for IEP classes. If you are a U.S. resident and enter into degree programs at Georgia State, you can become eligible for financial aid.

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8. Can I work?

IEP students who are residents of the United States or who have F-1 visas may work at the university. If you have an F-1 visa you are allowed to work at the university only up to 20 hours a week while you are a full-time student in the IEP. You are not allowed to work off-campus. During longer holidays and summer semesters if you're taking part-time classes, you may work up to 40 hours per week.

If you have sent an application to change your visa status to F-1 but you have not yet received the new visa, you are not allowed to work until your change of status is official.

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9. How do I find a job?

1. Go to from a computer on campus and click on "Panther Career Net: Students"

2. Go to different places on campus and ask about jobs.
Many jobs on campus are found this way! In the past, IEP students have found jobs at the Georiga State University Bookstore in University Center, Georgia State University Computer Services in Library South, the library in Library North, the Child Development Center in Alumni Hall, the Student Recreation Center, etc.

3. You never know when a position may become available. The beginning of the semester is an especially difficult time to find a job, so if they don't have openings the first time, go back after a couple of weeks or a month.

4. Network.
Ask your friends or any student employees you see around campus how they found their jobs.

5. Ask questions.
Application procedures may vary from department to department, so ask them what you need to do.

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10. What information is available if I would like to enter undergraduate school at Georgia State?

If you complete the Intensive English Program, you can enter undergraduate study at Georgia State without language proficiency scores. This means that the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS or GSTEP are not necessary and that the verbal portion of the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) does not count. If you would like more information on the transition from the IEP to undergraduate study at Georgia State, please contact us directly.


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11. What information is available if I would like to enter graduate school?

If you complete the highest level of the IEP, you have the potential to score around 79 on the internet-based TOEFL (550 on the paper-based TOEFL), which is the standard language proficiency score for entry to graduate school. Georgia State offers preparatory classes for graduate school entrance exams (GMAT, GRE). If you would like more information on the transition from the IEP to graduate study at Georgia State, please contact us directly.


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12. Can I attend the IEP part-time?

Yes, part-time study is allowed (except if you have an F-1 visa); however, you must enroll for a minimum of nine course hours. 


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13. How long does it take for the IEP to evaluate an application and issue an acceptance letter?

If everything is complete, the IEP should be able to complete all the paperwork and issue you an acceptance letter and any necessary visa documents (like an I-20) in about a week.

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14. What’s the weather like in Atlanta?


Average High Average Low
January - March 63°F 36°F
July - September 87°F 50°F
October - December 74°F 35°F



CLIMATE: Georgia has four seasons, with an average year-round temperature of 65°F, perfect for any outdoor activity. Winters are mild with an average high of 55°F, while summers are warm with an average high of 90°F and low of 71°F.

15. Can I transfer to another English language program immediately (before attending the IEP at GSU)?

If you (1) enter the USA with an 1-20 from the Intensive English Program at Georgia State University; (2) transfer from another school/program and receive an I-20 from the IEP at GSU; (3) extend your GSU IEP I-20; or (4) early register for IEP classes and then decide to withdraw, there is an administrative withdrawal fee charged to your account.

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