Intensive English Center



Welcome to the Intensive English Center (IEC) at SUNY Korea


The SUNY Korea IEC has been offering a program of courses and activities, identical to its sister program at Stony Brook University in New York, providing educational and cultural opportunities while promoting English proficiency for academic purposes.


Our main priority is to support our students’ language and cultural needs through an outstanding quality of implementation, personal attention and mutual understanding.


We believe that assisting students in respectfully developing a global understanding will result in multicultural awareness as well as a high level of proficiency in English as a foreign language.



The mission of the IEC is to assist English learners in acquiring the knowledge and language skills necessary to prepare them for intercultural communication. With exposure to the intensive English courses offered in the SUNY Korea IEC, learners can become not only fluent in the English language but also mentally prepared for the challenges of being international students.


Provisional Students

Provisional admission is an option available to students who are academically qualified to be admitted to SUNY Korea but have not yet reached the required level of English proficiency. SUNY Korea requires a TOEFL score of 80 iBT, 6.5 IELTS, or 430 in SAT Critical Reading for full admission. To receive provisional admission, students must meet the academic standards as approved by the Office of International Undergraduate Admissions. Only the office of International Undergraduate Admissions at Stony Brook University can offer provisional admission upon receipt and review of the application form and other required documentation. Please contact Admissions for deadlines and instructions.


Program Overview

The IEC has 4 levels: Pre-intermediate (IEC 111); Intermediate (IEC 112); High Intermediate (IEC 113); and Advanced (IEC 114).


IEC 111(Pre-intermediate) – IEC 112 (Intermediate)

All pre-intermediate through intermediate students take IEC 111 & 112 courses. They are designed to help students build a strong foundation in general oral and written communication.


Core classes: Listening & Speaking; Reading & Writing

Elective classes: Intermediate Grammar; Conversation; Pronunciation


IEC 113 (High intermediate) – IEC 114 (Advanced)

These levels help high intermediate to advanced students prepare for success in an American University. Once a student has reached either the IEC 113 or IEC 114 level, they have the opportunity to take one SUNY Korea class before graduating from the IEC program, pending IEC Director approval. This allows for a smooth transition into becoming a SUNY Korea student.


Core classes: Listening & Speaking; Reading & Writing

Elective classes: Advanced Grammar; Business English; American Film & Culture; Pronunciation


The IEC classes are geared towards preparing students for academic language skills. Students receive instruction in critical thinking, essay writing, creating and delivering oral presentations, note-taking, and comprehending academic lectures.


All IEC Students

When students start the IEC program, they must take part in IEC orientation and placement exams. They will be placed into an English level according to the results of the exam. As for provisional students, the level in which they are placed will determine the duration of the time they will spend in the IEC before becoming a fully admitted student to the university.


Sample Path





IEC 111

IEC 111

IEC 112

IEC 113

IEC 112

IEC 112

IEC 113

IEC 114

IEC 113

IEC 113

IEC 114


IEC 114

IEC 114




Students who complete the Advanced IEC Level (114) with a B or better will be cleared for admission to SUNY Korea or Stony Brook University without having to submit a new TOEFL or IELTS score.




  • •  Small class size and individual attention
  • •  Highly qualified and experienced instructors
  • •  Full access for IEC students to the facilities, services, and activities of SUNY Korea
  • •  Conversation practice
  • •  Language lab


SUNY Korea IEC has 4 sessions in a year.

  • •  Spring session (12 weeks) – Mandatory
  • •  Summer session (12 weeks) – Mandatory
  • •  Fall session (15 weeks) - Mandatory
  • •  Winter session (6 weeks) - Optional



Fall Session 2017

August 28 - December 8



Winter Session 2018

January 2 - February 9


Spring Session 2018

February 26 - May 18


Summer Session 2018

May 28 - August 16


Fall Session 2018

August 27 - December 7


Deadline: December 8


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When is orientation? Is it mandatory?

- IEC orientation is mandatory. Information on date and time will be in your welcome letter.


What will my level be?

- All students will take placement exams which measure their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills.


Is it possible to move up in level during the IEC session?

- During the first week of the IEC session, if all instructors agree that a student has been misplaced, it is possible for students to move up or down a maximum of one level. After the first week it is impossible for students’ levels to be changed.


How long will I study in the IEC?

- Students usually take one level per 12 or 15 week session. Students who pass the advanced level (IEC 114) with a B or better are exempted from the English Proficiency Test.


What will happen if I pass the TOEFL while attending the IEC?

- If a student attains a score of 80 or higher on the TOEFL IBT (or an equivalent IELTS score), the student will matriculate only when they receive a passing grade of B or higher during the IEC session. Students who receive a score of 80 or higher  on the TOEFL IBT but do not pass the IEC session must retake the IEC course until they receive a grade of B or higher.


Can I take an undergraduate credit course while in the IEC?

- Only students placed in IEC 113 or IEC 114 can take one 3-credit course while in the IEC. Students must get permission from the IEC Director and take a course that does not interfere with their full-time IEC schedule. The class must be a 100-level course designed to help students with their English.


Is it mandatory to live on campus?


- Yes. The University requires all students to live on-campus in spring and fall sessions. During winter and summer sessions, the University allows students to live off-campus.


To Apply 

If you are interested in applying earlier, please contact the IEC Administrative Office.


Phone: 032-626-1400



Spring or Fall Session

Tuition: $ 3,700.00

Program Fees: $1,250.00

Total: $4,950.00


Summer Session

Tuition: $3,700.00

Program Fees: $840.00

Total: $4,540.00


Winter Session

Tuition: $1,850.00

Program Fees: $420.00

Total: $2,270.00


Contact Information

Tel: 032-626-1400 Fax: 032-626-1499


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