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Intensive English Program


The Intensive English Program (IEP) at SUNY Oswego. Our non-credit program is designed to help international students make the transition to American academic life through full-time instruction in English as a second language.  If you are an international student seeking to improve your English skills so you can be admitted to SUNY Oswego or you simply wish to improve your English language proficiency we invite you to apply to become part of our community. 


Choose Oswego

  • Life on campus beautiful lakeside campus is fun & exciting, full of friends and things to do.
  • Gain confidence in your English skills from our experienced teachers
  • Make new friends from around the globe.  Our students hail from South America, Asia, Africa, and Europe.
  • Explore North America with ease.  See the bright lights of New York City, ski and snowboard in the Adirondack Mountains, or discover US History in Boston.  


Location Matters


regional map

Oswego, New York is a waterfront community is on the Southeastern shore of Lake Ontario and along the Oswego River.  Nestled along the lake shoreline, the SUNY Oswego campus is home to  some of the best locations to enjoy spectacular views and incredible sunsets.  The campus is within walking distance to the historical downtown area which features a wide variety of shops, eateries, and entertainment.  Oswego is located in close proximity to large cities in the northeast United States, which allows students the opportunity to easily explore and immerse themselves in US culture. 

  • Many local cultural organizations host concerts, plays, and other performances both on- and off-campus 
  • City parks include places to relax or catch marvelous views of Lake Ontario and the Oswego River 
  • Oswego’s historical downtown area features a wide variety of shops, eateries, and entertainment 
  • Oswego’s rich history is reflected in its many museums throughout the city as well as Fort Ontario
  • In close proximity to big cities such as New York City, Toronto and Montreal
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Fall 2022/Spring 2023 

Tuition $ 4800.00 USD
Fees* $ 849.50 USD
Foreign Health Insurance $ 1,150.00 USD
Room & Board $ 7,876.50 USD
Books & Supplies $ 200.00 USD
Total $14,876.00


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Fall 2022

  • New Student Arrival: Wed-Thu, Aug.17-18
  • Orientation/Placement: Friday, Aug.19
  • First Day of Classes: Monday, Aug. 22
  • Labor Day (No classes): Monday, Sept. 7
  • Fall Break (No Classes): Friday, Oct. 14
  • Thanksgiving Recess: Mon-Sun, Nov. 21-27 
  • Last Day of Classes:  Friday, Dec. 9

Spring 2023

  • New Student Arrival: Wed-Thu, Jan. 18-19
  • Orientation/Placement: Friday, Jan. 20
  • First Day of Classes: Monday, Jan. 23
  • Spring Recess: Mon-Fri, March 13 - 17
  • Quest (No Classes, 8 am - 5 pm): Wednesday, April 19
  • Easter Weekend (no classes): April 15
  • Last Day of Classes: Friday, May 12
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What Will You Study

Classes meet each weekday.

Areas of Study Include

  • listening,
  • speaking,
  • pronunciation,
  • reading,
  • grammar 
  • and writing

Additionally,  peer tutoring occurs 4 hours every week.

Apply to IEP

Intensive English Program Classroom

Path 1

Apply for Conditional Acceptance to SUNY Oswego

Apply for admission to SUNY Oswego using either the Common Application or the SUNY Application. Both applications require a non-refundable $50 fee, as well as a teacher/counselor evaluation.

Acceptance is based on an evaluation of your high school ­ records.  If you are conditionally admitted, you are accepted into your­ chosen program on the condition that you develop your academic English to the required standard through our Intensive English Program.

Intensive English Program Classroom

Path 2

Improve Your English But Don't Apply To SUNY Oswego

Many students are interested in improving their English skills but are not considering matriculating to SUNY Oswego.  If you are interested in this path to acceptance, please email: [email protected] for more information.

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Request Information

If you are curious about SUNY Oswego's IEP program and would like more information please contact our program coordinator. 


Division of Extended Learning

337 Sheldon Hall
Oswego, NY 13126


Phone: 315-312-2270
Email: [email protected]


8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.