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English as a Second Language (International Students)

The English as a Second Language - Intensive English program at Morehead State University is designed to provide the highest quality of academic instruction and support international students in their preparation for the pursuit of academic degrees in the United States and other English-speaking countries. 

International students may choose to enroll in the   Intensive English Program (IEP) to focus entirely on developing English language proficiency as full-time Intensive English Program students.

Visiting international students, (J visa holders), have a selection of six (6) undergraduate ESL elective courses designed to provide English language support while taking academic courses in their majors. The undergraduate ESL elective courses count towards the mandatory 12 credit hour course load per semester as part of the immigration requirement for international students, but not towards a degree. 


The Intensive English Program is an option available to both undergraduate and graduate students and offers up to 24 hours of face-to-face English language instruction per week. Full time and part time options are available to F1, F2, and J visa holders. 

Program Requirements

Eligibility requirements are listed below:

  •  Undergraduate students are required to submit a minimum score of 45 or 450 on the TOEFL or a 4.0 on the IELTS
  •  Graduate students are required to submit a minimum score of 45 or 450 on the TOEFL or a 4.5 on the IELTS

Learn more about MSU's admissions process for international students and view the conditional admission policy for international students.

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