Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Language Certificate program at Southwestern College prepares students for success in their degree programs. The IELC provides instruction in the four language skill areas (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), while focusing on English for academic purposes. Students will improve academic vocabulary; reading speed and comprehension; listening and note-taking; critical thinking and analysis of texts and lectures; group discussion, presentation and debate; and other typical tasks expected in the American college classroom.

At Southwestern College, we challenge international students to open up their horizons. By providing intergrative activities and a well rounded academic system, we encourage our students to experience a different culture, a different world.

We have students from such countries as Mexico, Indonesia, China, Bangladesh, Australia, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Ireland, England, Singapore, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Brazil.

Southwestern College offers an outstanding and supportive Host Family Program, small classes, dozens of student organizations, intramurals, strong academic programs and a great environment for learning!

SC International strives to serve as an accepting home for students from all over the world and organize fun activities that help all students and the local community learn about and appreciate a variety of cultures. The goal is to promote a multicultural exchange of perspectives between international and American students and to create a community of empowered learners in an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.

Program Advantages

  • Students take 20 hours of class per week.
  • Students study English for academic purposes.
  • Students may take advantage of peer tutors after hours to perfect skills.
  • ESL faculty provides ongoing support to students throughout their degree programs.
  • The small, intimate campus provides ample opportunity to interact with students from the USA and all over the world.

Placement Levels

Upon arrival at Southwestern College, students take a placement test which accurately measures their English ability.

The program consists of three levels.


(limited vocabulary, ungrammatical spoken English, limited writing/reading ability)


(able to use and understand basic written and verbal structures in common situations)



(able to use & understand complex written and verbal structures in various situations)


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