Intensive English Program

The University of Mississippi – Office of Global Engagement

Advanced Plus Level

If you have a 3.00 high school GPA but do not have a high enough IELTS or TOEFL score for full admission, the IEP Advanced Plus Level may be right for you! Through the IEP Advanced Plus Level (APL), students may receive conditional undergraduate admission to The University of Mississippi and fulfill the English Proficiency Requirement by completing 12 hours of Advanced Plus IEP (Level 4) coursework with a B average (3.00 semester GPA).  The APL is designed to be completed in one semester or two consecutive 4-week summer sessions. To qualify for the APL, you must meet one of the following English achievements:

  • TOEFL iBT score of 69 – 78
  • IELTS score of 5.5
  • complete the IEP Advanced Level (Level 3)
  • other equivalent standardized English test score

If you are a transfer student from an international college or university with at least a 2.50 GPA and meet one of the above English achievements, you may also qualify for APL conditional undergraduate admission as a transfer student. This information is relevant to the common F1 US Student Visa, but other visa categories may have different requirements. Please contact our Coordinator of Admissions at iep@olemiss.edu for questions about eligibility.


Required Courses

1. English for Academic Purposes

Introduction to communicative practices in American universities for international students, faculty, and visiting scholars. 

2. English in the Sciences

English communicative practices in the sciences and social sciences.

3. Business English

English communicative practices for international business.

4. Literature Written in English

Topics vary. Focus on English academic literacy through the study of literature from the English-speaking world.


Additional Courses

During the regular semester, students participating in the APL must take two additional courses to maintain full-time status:

5. Topics in ESL

Topics vary. Focus on communicative practices, vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation.

6. Topics in Intercultural Communication

Topics vary. Focus on academic literacy, cross-cultural awareness and global citizenship.


Applying to an Academic Program

To document a student’s successful participation in the IEP Advanced Plus Level, the IEP will issue a letter verifying that a student’s transcript correctly reports the student’s grades and confirming that the student has met the English Language Proficiency requirement for undergraduate admission to The University of Mississippi.  Successful completion of the APL replaces the need to present TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE scores to the University when applying to an academic program.