Culture and Intensive English Program

  • CIEP-Communication Studies class
  • Taste of Culture fair
  • UNI campus
  • Students talking at table
  • Bartlett Hall
  • Girls posing for a picture.
  • UNI campus and bike racks


Welcome to the Culture and Intensive English Program!


The Culture and Intensive English Program (CIEP) at the University of Northern Iowa offers intensive academic English language instruction and a cultural and social introduction to the United States. CIEP students participate in listening, speaking, reading and writing classes in order to practice English in a variety of situations and environments. Class sizes are typically limited to 16 students, so students can easily establish meaningful connections with their instructors and peers. Extracurricular activities include conversation hours with local students, host family visits, excursions to nearby cities, and much more. At CIEP, English language learners improve their academic English skills while also experiencing American culture firsthand.

UNI CIEP is a CEA-accredited program.

Updates Regarding COVID-19


The University of Northern Iowa and the CIEP are working to keep the health and safety of our students, staff and faculty at the forefront of our efforts. After an online-based Summer session, it has been decided that we will return to in-person classes for the Fall semester. However, we have taken numerous precautions to ensure the well-being of our Panther family. Please visit the following site for up-to-date information on the University's policies regarding COVID-19 and the transition to Fall classes:

Under the direction of UNI, the CIEP has adopted a new Fall schedule. Please see below the new dates for our Fall 1 Session. We realize these updates may cause further challenges to your goal of enrolling with the CIEP this Fall. However, we may also be able to provide you with online options that will allow you to continue your pursuit of English courses or an academic degree.The CIEP is offering classes both in-person and online for our Fall 1 Session. Please visit our Fees page for more information about scholarship opportunities for these different types of courses.

Fall 1 2020: August 17 - September 30

Arrival Date: August 12

Orientation Begins: August 13

Placement Testing: August 13

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that all international travelers into the U.S. stay home for 14 days after their arrival. For the benefit of the community, UNI will be following this recommendation and will require all students coming from overseas to self-isolate for 14 days. For more information on this process, please see Update on University Travel

 We are now recommending students in need of self-isolating to arrive by August 3 for the Fall 1 Session, if possible.

 *UNI is prepared to accommodate and support arriving students who need to be self-isolated.

  • If you plan to live on campus, The Department of Residence will work with you to provide appropriate accommodations and access to meals. More information can be found on the Department of Residence website.
  • If you plan to live off-campus, you will need to follow appropriate procedures for staying home and social distancing.
  • We will work closely with students who are not able to arrive prior to August 17, making sure they are able to move forward with academic work.

For additional information about our newest program updates or to answer questions, please email or call us at (319) 273-2182.



CIEP by the Numbers >>

10 Countries Represented16:1 Student/Faculty Ratio40% of CIEP Students Enroll at UNI