Curriculum and Services


Core Classes 

Core classes include grammar, composition, listening & speaking, reading & vocabulary, and pronunciation & presentation. Upper level students choose from specialized elective class topics and can enroll in university classes.  There are also many opportunities to volunteer in the community and to participate in university events that challenge your critical thinking, research and presentation skills. 


Students in levels 6-8 may select from various elective class topics that include TOEFL preparation, language and culture through film making, exploring social issues through art, and modern American poetry.

University Classes

Students can take university classes and receive academic credit through our Open University program.  This unique opportunity exposes students to the academic rigor and learning environment of an American university. Available to students in levels 7 and 8.

Learning beyond the Classroom

Our program enriches students’ cultural learning and language development beyond the classroom with activities like field trips, volunteer work, campus events and conversation club. 

Fieldtrips — There are various opportunities every session to explore the beauty and culture of Northern California.  Trip locations include San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and California’s Gold Country.  Outdoor activities are offered year-round through Peak Adventures, including hiking, skiing, camping and rafting trips.  All are available to ELI students at the affiliate rate.

Community Engagement — As California’s capital university, Sacramento State is deeply rooted in community service.  We facilitate many volunteer opportunities for our students in an effort to provide much needed services to our diverse community.

Students that volunteer their time make new friends, practice their English, learn new skills and make a difference.  There are various organizations to volunteer with based on personal interest.  Popular areas include the environment, animals, education and hunger. 

Campus Events — There are several campus events that take place through the year, such as International Education Week and the One World Event

Conversation Club — This optional, weekly activity allows you to meet and practice English with Sacramento State students in a relaxed and friendly environment outside of class.  


Our comprehensive program gives students the academic and social skills necessary for success at an American university.  In addition, we offer an institutional TOEFL exam each session for those students who plan to apply to Sacramento State.  For TOEFL exam dates, visit the IEP program dates section of the website.

Additional Support Services

Our staff and instructors are dedicated to providing you with the support and opportunities you need to succeed. Listed below are optional services available to IEP students.

Study Hall — This optional opportunity led weekly by IEP instructors is available to students who wish to receive additional support on homework and project assignments outside of class.

Academic Counseling — Instructors offer weekly office hours to meet with students one-on-one for personal academic counseling.