Culture and Intensive English Program

Student Orientation

In this session, the CIEP Activities staff will discuss American culture and provide some tips on how to make the most of your time at UNI. Click View the 6 Habits of Highly Effective International Students Presentation.

One month prior to your arrival, please complete the CIEP Arrival Information Online Form.

* Please note: Students who arrive late may not be able to begin classes on time. All classes missed due to not completing the orientation program on time will affect the student's attendance and probation status. For more information about the CIEP Attendance and Probation Policy, please see Appendix F of the CIEP Student Handbook.

In this session, students will learn how to open UNI e-mail accounts, utilize the My Universe student computer information system, find a job and pay U-Bills.

View the CIEP Internet Resources & Services Presentation.

During this session, one of the CIEP teaching staff members will review the CIEP academic policies and procedures for students enrolled in the program. View the CIEP Student Handbook Review Presentation.

During orientation, new students also have the opportunity to attend a health insurance presentation. During the March and October sessions, this information is presented to students individually. A large group session is offered in August and January. Download the health insurance presentation.

This presentation is also available in several languages: Arabic, Spanish, Japanese, French, Korean, Chinese, and Portuguese

The CIEP Director will review important information about life at UNI and discuss the essential information that CIEP students must have before beginning to study. Students will learn about immigration and employment regulations, tax responsibilities, and living safely in Iowa. American culture and customs will also be discussed.

View the Information Session Handouts in the following languages: EnglishArabicChinese (Traditional),Chinese (Simplified), FrenchJapaneseKoreanPortugueseSpanish, or Turkish.

Each session, new CIEP students participate in a three-day orientation process. This process includes a variety of informational sessions, campus tours, and opportunities to meet other CIEP students and staff. Follow the link below to read more about the sessions and view the presentations. Please note: this orientation is mandatory for all new students.

Click here to the Fall 1 2019 Orientation Schedule

Orientation Survey

At the end of each orientation, students will complete the orientation survey.

Newly admitted CIEP students must take the CIEP Placement Exam before registration. This exam helps us evaluate a student's English language ability in order to place him or her in the correct classes for Reading, Writing (Grammar), and Listening/Speaking. The CIEP Placement Exam is a proficiency evaluation of your English. It is a three-hour test that consists of five parts:

  • 45-minute writing test
  • 30-minute grammar test
  • 45-minute listening test
  • 50-minute reading test
  • 5-7-minute interview

In this session, a staff member from UNI Wellness & Recreation will highlight some policies and rules related to healthy and safe student lifestyles on campus. View the presentation.

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