UCLA Extension

Intensive English Communication Program (IECP)


Enroll in IECP if you want to:

  • Focus on English speaking and communication skills for personal or professional reasons
  • Gain confidence in your ability to communicate with native speakers.
  • Emphasize listening and speaking skills
  • Visit sites outside the classroom to reinforce instruction

Program Details:

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum Age: You must be 18 years of age on or before the start of IECP.
  • Proficiency: Minimum English skills must be above the beginner level; with above basic vocabulary knowledge and above basic spoken communication skills.
  • Student (F-1) Visa: If you are coming from another country to study in the Intensive English Communication Program (IECP), you will need a student (F-1) visa. Tourist (B-1/B-2) visas are not acceptable. For information on how to obtain the F-1 student visa, click here.

Apply here.

Course Length

  • 4-week or 12-week sessions; one 3-week session in early September
  • Enroll 4, 8, or 12 weeks per quarter
  • 20 class sessions weekly, each class 50 minutes
  • 5 hours a day, usually 9am-3pm Monday-Thursday; 3-week session meets Monday-Friday.
  • The IECP 12-week program (iTwelve) starts each 1st session of Fall, Winter and Spring quarters.iTwelve is a 12-week immersive English communication course. Students in this program study in the IECP program for a full quarter (12 weeks) and participate in many special engaging English language immersion lessons and activities, including attending a weekly afterschool class meting (3:15—4:45pm). Through these activities, students improve their English while building community, volunteering, mentoring new students, taking class field trips, and completing leadership tasks and presentations. This web-enhanced course gives students many opportunities to meet and speak with Americans, to use and improve their English in real world language situations.  This allows students to participate in a learning environment that is comfortable, friendly, and stimulating. Students also share their experiences and complete tasks on their own iTwelve Community Facebook page. Several three-day weekends during the course allow students to use their English while exploring and traveling throughout California and beyond.IECP Summer11 is an 11-week Immersive English program offered only in the summer for students who want to study and use their English and enjoy long weekend trips and activities throughout California and beyond. Students also share their experiences and complete tasks on their own Summer11 Community Facebook page.


The program begins with a face to face speaking interview with an IECP teacher to evaluate each student’s English speaking and listening comprehension level. The interview results are combined with grammar and listening test scores to place students in one of three English skill levels: Intermediate Prep, Intermediate and Advanced.

Sample Schedule

Mornings *

(9am to 12pm)

  • Integrated skills, variety of topics
  • Class activities to build fluency and vocabulary
  • Students in each level can choose two of the three following topics: Academic, Culture and Business:
Academic Business Culture
Discussion Advertising America Through Television
Grammar Focus Business Communication Media Studies
 Idioms Marketing Pop Culture Discussion
Movie Class World Business Movie and Idioms
Survival English †

† Intermediate Level Only

Afternoons *

(1pm to 3pm)

  • Instruction and skills practice–pronunciation, spoken grammar, listening comprehension,  conversation and practical writing
  • Choice of 1 of 5 courses–Spoken Communication,  Written Communication, Discover L.A., Campus Explorer, or iBT TOEFL
Afternoon IECP Courses Descriptions
Spoken Communication Skills (All Levels) Learn pronunciation strategies, use music and game-based pronunciation activities, use specific grammar forms to develop correct speaking habits and sharpen conversation skills. Each student will give a 3-5 minute presentation (speech) to their classmates about some interesting part of their personal life, business, family or culture. Consists of two afternoons of Pronunciation and two afternoons of Conversational Grammar.
Written Communication Skills (All Levels) Improve your basic writing skills by studying and using accurate and correct writing styles, while focusing on the grammar used for everyday situations such as: writing notes, e-mail, formal letters, and essays. In the Reading & Listening class, students improve their connection between written and spoken English by reading aloud, listening, and analyzing various written materials. Spelling and phonetics are also covered in this class. Consists of two afternoons of Practical Writing and two afternoons of Reading & Listening.
Discover L.A. (All Levels) Build a social networking website using blogs, photos, and video, including a narrated slide of your Los Angeles experiences. Includes studying about and visiting four locations: Beverly Hills, Hollywood, Venice Beach, and the Getty Center. Note: Additional $25 fee for professional tours.
iBTTOEFL Preparation

(High-Intermediate and Advanced levels only)

In this four afternoons a week course, you will learn the new Internet based TOEFL test-taking procedures and strategies. You will increase your listening, reading and speaking skills, and learn techniques for understanding, summarizing, and explaining main ideas. This class is most useful for students planning to take the TOEFL test within a few months of program completion.
Campus Explorer

(Intermediate and Advanced levels only)

This is an online, in-the-field social networking class in which students improve their English communication while visiting the UCLA campus, studying, researching and learning about the history, people, landmarks, educational structure and culture of UCLA. Students will act as tour guides about interesting campus locations, interview students and officials. They can audit an on-campus UCLA class, attend a special seminar and campus events. This class will meet once a week in a computer lab and three times a week at various campus locations, with the students and teacher always staying in touch online.

*Not all topics are offered every session

Dates and Fees

In addition to the fees listed here, a nonrefundable $150 application fee is required. Click here to download a PDF of the dates and fees. Recommended application deadlines, click here

Summer 2018 August 27 – September 14, 2018 3 weeks
Fall 2018 October 1 – December 20, 2018 12 weeks
  A. October 1 – October 25, 2018 4 weeks
  B. October 29 – November 21, 2018      4 weeks
  C. November 26 – December 20, 2018 4 weeks
Winter 2019 January 7 – March 28, 2019 12 weeks
  A. January 7 – January 31, 2019 4 weeks
  B. February 4 – February 28, 2019      4 weeks
  C. March 4 – March 28, 2019 4 weeks
Spring 2019 April 1 – June 22, 2019 12 weeks
  A. April 1 – April 25, 2019 4 weeks
  B. April 29 – May 23, 2019 4 weeks
  C. May 28 – June 20, 2019 4 weeks
Summer 2019 July 1 – September 13, 2019 11 weeks
  A. July 1 – July 25, 2019 4 weeks
  B. July 29 – August 22, 2019 4 weeks
  C. August 26 – September 13, 2019 3 weeks
Fall 2019 September 30 – December 19, 2019 12 weeks
  A. September 30 – October 24, 2019 4 weeks
  B. October 28 – November 21, 2019 4 weeks
  C. November 25 – December 19, 2019 4 weeks

Not sure which program is best for you? Click here for a program comparison chart

Capture“Definitely studying English at ALC has made the difference in my English confidence. The teachers are very professional, dedicated, encouraging and motivating and focus on the student’s improvement. I hope to apply all the skills I’ve learned at ALC in my future professional life”
—Sofia Carneiro Mosquera, Spain (Intensive English Communication Program)