Culture and Intensive English Program

Apply to the CIEP


You can apply to the CIEP with a paper application OR an online application. We prefer an online application if you are able!


Paper Application

Download a Paper Application and email a PDF to, turn it in to our office staff, or mail it to the CIEP office.

CIEP Address:

UNI Culture & Intensive English Program

Maucker Union Rm 113

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0511

Online Application

Apply online through our website.

Questions about our online application system? Download our Guide to Applying Online

Application Tip: To ensure we enroll the correct student name into our systems and international paperwork, you must insert the name on your application identical to the name on your passport. For more information, please visit the Name Standards Information - Homeland Security Website.


CIEP Course Delivery: Online and In-Person.

Click on the corresponding picture for more information regarding the course delivery preference.


online learning

Required Application Materials for Online Classes:

We are not currently offering online classes. Please contact us for more information.

In order to process an application for our Online program, the following items must be submitted:

  • Completed Application Form 
  • Copy of Passport
  • Payment of $75.00 (application fee)

in-person learning

Required Application Materials for In-Person Classes:

In order to process an application for our In-Person program, the following items must be submitted:

  • Completed Application Form 
  • Copy of Passport
  • Financial Guarantee - >$12,000 and no more than 2 months prior
  • Payment of $75.00 (application fee)

Additional Information


UNI CIEP Application Fee:

The application fee includes all costs related to application processing, mailing (when applicable) and placement testing. The fee can be paid with cash, check, money order, or wire transfer. See guide to paying the application fee online. The application fee is nonrefundable.

Next Steps:

Once we receive the required documents along with the application fee, your application will be reviewed. If your application is approved, we will request that UNI International Admissions create your I-20. Please allow 1-2 weeks for this process. After we receive your I-20 from UNI International Admissions, we will send you an admission letter, your I-20, housing contract information, and health forms to be completed. If a student has not been reached out to within 2 weeks from application, please reach out to - they might not have submitted the correct email!  

Application - Rules and Guides:

To ensure that we are efficiently getting student's information on the program and about their admission, we must receive the name correspondent to their passport, as well as a working email and phone number for communication. If a student does not submit the needed application materials within 2 weeks after applying, the student will be denied their application and asked to re-apply to the program. Please double-check your application before submitting. Review the Guide for Applying Online, listed above, to ensure you are providing the correct information. Email for any questions, as our office can provide an translator to assist in the process.

Deferral Information:

If, for any reason, a student cannot attend the session he or she applied for, the student may request the application to be deferred to a later session. A defferal can only be issued once, and after the second defferal request, a student must reapply to the program. The application fee may be reduced. 


Due to the new integrated skills model, discrete skills are not taught at particular times during the day or week. As a result, it is not possible to take “just a writing class,” for example. Therefore, it is not possible to accommodate part-time students in CIEP classes. However, for those who may not be able to attend Lab class, the issue is managed on a case-by-case basis.


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