About the IELP

The IELP is part of ֱState University, a community-oriented urban university with a diverse student and teacher population. The IELP offers you full immersion and integration into PSU while you improve your English skills.

Being part of a large university allows you to take advantage of engaging campus resources. PSU is located in the heart of Portland, the largest city in Oregon. It is a unique place to study and experience American culture. The IELP offers intensive instruction in many areas of English language preparation. Your learning is supported by IELP Student Services, such as the IELP Learning Center, the IELP Conversation Partner Program, the IELP Tutors, and our Academic Advisors. Our IELP Student Life team organizes fun activities around town to help you make new friends and life-long connections with people from around the world.

Want to study for a degree at PSU but don't meet the minimum English language requirement? Then the PSU Pathway Program is your connection to PSU. While studying in the IELP, you will experience campus life while improving your English skills and preparing yourself for academic success. Once you’ve reached the advanced levels and are enrolled in the PSU Pathway Program, you have the opportunity to take one or two advisor-approved PSU classes before graduating from the IELP. This helps with a smooth transition to becoming a PSU student.


Since 1964, PSU has offered academic English language instruction to thousands of international students and non-native English speakers. The IELP is one of the oldest university-based ESL programs in the western United States and has an outstanding reputation.


ֱState University’s Intensive English Language Program is a dynamic, international community of educators and learners of all levels. We foster self-discovery, multicultural understanding, and student success. Our students become fluent and confident communicators who are able to connect in English around the world. The IELP upholds the mission of ֱState University.