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Intensive English Program
The University of Mississippi – Office of Global Engagement

UM IEP Online Short Courses

These courses are designed for intermediate to advanced level English speakers, and they are both non-credit and non-intensive.  Upon completion of each course, students will receive a signed certificate of completion from the University of Mississippi Intensive English Program.

NOTE: At this time, we are only able to offer online courses to residents in the following countries: Bahamas, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Ghana, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Russia, Senegal, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, the USA, and Vietnam

Blended Format: Synchronous Instruction + Asynchronous Activity Courses

Most courses will be a blended format, with 50% of the course being conducted in live (synchronous) meetings and 50% of the course being asynchronous activities and assignments.

The Guided Conversation Practice course is all-live.

The cost for each course is listed with the course in the “Upcoming Sessions” area below, ranging from $300 for a 20-hour course to $500 for a 40-hour course.  A non-refundable US$50 deposit is due at the time of application, and this $50 deposit is counted as part of the overall course fee.  Students may apply for more than one course at a time.  Payments may be made in installments.  The balance is due by the end of the first day of the course. For information about our policies and procedures for the online short courses, see this page.

The application deadline for these Online Short Courses is 10 days prior to the beginning of any course.


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Upcoming Courses:


Skills and Culture

     August 9-September 15, 2021–Mondays & Wednesdays 7-8:40pm CDT, 40-hour course, US$500

     January 24-March 9, 2022–Mondays & Wednesdays 6-7:40pm CDT, 40-hour course, US$500


Guided Conversation Practice

      August 10-September 16, 2021–(All Live meetings!), Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6-8pm CDT, 24-hour course, US$360

      January 25-March 10, 2022– (All Live meetings!), Tuesdays & Thursdays 6-8pm CST, 24-hour course, US$360


Speaking and Listening Skills

      September 27-November 17, 2021–Mondays & Wednesdays 6-7:15pm CDT/CST*, 40-hour course, US$500


Hospitality English

      September 28-November 19, 2021–Tuesdays & Thursdays 7-8:15pm CDT/CST*, 40-hour course, US$500

*All times are listed in US Central Time Zone.  Central Daylight Savings Time CDT will fall back 1 hour to Central Standard Time on November 7, 2021


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Course Descriptions:

Business English

In this online Business English course, students prepare for the communication and research demands of the business world. Students learn the vocabulary, styles, and rhetoric of various business environments. This course teaches students how to read and write department memos, internal emails, and customer correspondence. Students perform research on real-world businesses and business topics and present their findings in structured presentations. Students in this course will be able to: Develop their skills in the areas of presenting, reading, negotiating, telephoning, conducting meetings, and socializing in business settings.

Guided Conversation Practice

Live-only virtual meetings for conversational English practice. 4 hours of live virtual meeting per week (2 meetings).  Students will meet virtually 2x each week with their instructor, classmates, and international conversation partners, including US students,  to engage in guided English conversation.  Students will receive instruction and conversational strategies for various topics of interest, followed up with time discussing the topics with their peers.

Hospitality English

In this online Hospitality English course, students prepare for communication and research demands in the field of tourism and hospitality management.  Students will learn vocabulary and communication styles to help them communicate effectively with customers, work teams, and colleagues.  A project related to the field of hospitality will be included in this course for students to demonstrate the cumulative skills gained in the course. Students will be able to: Develop their skills in the areas of reading, communicating, planning, presenting, and promoting in the hospitality industry

Skills and Culture

This course offers practice to improve a full range of English skills while exploring a variety of cultural and intercultural topics, such as food, music, folk art, and folk tales.   Students will be led through practice exercises and cultural topic exploration in live virtual meetings with their instructors, followed up with weekly online activities and assignments to further explore the topics, demonstrate comprehension and language skills, and exercise intercultural communication.

Speaking and Listening English Skills

The Speaking and Listening Skills English course prepares students to improve the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations.  Students work on speaking, listening, and presentation skills using a variety of innovative online tools to help students learn, interact, and engage in the topic.  This course will combine online group instruction, multi-media resources, and relevant exercises in instruction and provide students with useful resources to continue their learning.


*All times are listed in US Central Time Zone.  Central Daylight Savings Time CDT will fall back 1 hour to Central Standard Time on November 7, 2021


Coming Soon!  IEP Hybrid Program — a combination of one or more online short courses AND a 2-week on-site cultural tour.  Contact for more information!

See recorded info-session  about the hybrid program here


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