IEP Student Services

Please refer to this page for topics covered include admission requirements, attendance policies, a guide to the curriculum and learning outcomes, immigration information and required documentation, and campus services.

About ESL/IEP

Mission Statement

The mission of the Intensive English Program (IEP) at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee is to prepare students for university study in English by assisting students: 1) to improve English proficiency in listening, reading, writing and speaking skills; 2) to interact with English speakers in everyday and professional situations; and 3) to gain an awareness of the culture of American university life. The IEP also provides language instruction to students whose goal is to improve their English for other professional or personal endeavors.

Go the the Intensive English Program (IEP) description page and the Newly Admitted Students page for information about the program.

The IEP is committed to maintaining a professional teaching and administrative staff and to following ethical standards in all areas of the profession. The IEP is also dedicated to establishing supportive teacher-student relationships, to fostering an atmosphere of openness among cultures, and to collaborating with the UWM community to serve international students.

Attendance Policy

If you have any questions regarding our attendance policy, email us or come to our office. If you will miss class for any reason, you must notify our office. There are no excused absences.

  • 85% to 100% Attendance = Good standing
  • 84% or Below = Probation (F1 students risk immigration issues)
  • 10 consecutive school days missed (2 weeks) without speaking to the immigration advisor (Lynn) = F1 visa status termination
  • No excused absences
  • 4 “lates” = 1 absence

UWM English Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL/IELTS Requirements for Undergraduate Admission

Applicants for undergraduate study at UWM whose native language is not English must meet one of the following for admission:

  • TOEFL: Minimum TOEFL score of 520 (PBT) or 68 (iBT). UWM’s ETS school code is 1473.
  • IELTS: Minimum IELTS score of 5.5. (Give UWM’s mailing address to the testing center.)
  • University Study: Proof of completion of at least eighteen months of full-time study (approximately three semesters) at a recognized or accredited institution of higher education whose language of instruction is English (immediately prior to enrollment at UWM).
  • Secondary/High School Study: Proof of completion of the last two years of secondary/high school at an institution whose language of instruction is English (immediately prior to enrollment at UWM).

UWM accepts both TOEFL and IELTS scores. You do not need a TOEFL or IELTS test to start the Intensive English Program.

Dual Status

You can find more about dual status here.
Students admitted in this category are required to enroll in at least 6 credits of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses, including one reading/writing course and one listening/speaking course. Students with dual admission can also register for up to 6 credits in (non-EAP) academic courses. A student with dual admission cannot carry more than 12 credits overall.

Admission Requirements

TOEFL IBT 61 – 67
TOEFL PBT 498 – 519
IELTS 5.0

Applicants must send TOEFL scores from ETS electronically. UWM’s school code for TOEFL is 1473. TOEFL scores cannot be more than 2 years old. Applicants must also mail an official IELTS score report to the International Admissions Office. IELTS scores cannot be more than 2 years old.

Students can pass out of Dual Admission status by meeting one of the following criteria:

  1. Successfully completion of a dual pathway program in UWM’s ESL program; or,
  2. Submission of a TOEFL score or an IELTS score that meets the score range for regular admission

UWM IEP Recommendation for Undergraduate Dual Admission

Full time students in the UWM Intensive English Program can be recommended for dual admission at the undergraduate level. A student must meet the following criteria for undergraduate dual recommendation:

  1. Be a full time student in the UWM Intensive English Program (IEP)
  2. Place in the B2 level in all classes for a minimum of 1 half semester
  3. Achieve 75% or better on each of the B2 student learning outcomes in all classes

The B2 level is the highest level in the UWM IEP curriculum. The IEP uses the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

For more information on the Duals Program for Undergraduate students, see CIE International Admissions.

Graduate Dual

Dual admission (also referred to by the UWM Graduate School as admission with English deficiency): Students admitted in this category are eligible to enroll in six credits of academic coursework and are also required to enroll in an EAP course (credit or non-credit). You must demonstrate your English language proficiency by submitting a TOEFL score or an IELTS score that meets the score range for regular admission within three semesters of initial enrollment at UWM.

Admission Requirements

TOEFL IBT 68 – 78
TOEFL PBT 520 – 549
IELTS 6.0

Applicants must send TOEFL scores from ETS electronically. UWM’s school code for TOEFL is 1473. TOEFL scores cannot be more than 2 years old. Applicants must also mail an official IELTS score report to the International Admissions Office. IELTS scores cannot be more than 2 years old.

UWM ESL Programs Graduate Dual Credit Courses

Dually admitted graduate students are required to enroll every semester in one of the following EAP credit courses until they meet the requirements for full time admission at UWM. Contact ESL Programs for help determining which class you should take.

EAP 420: Advanced Reading, Writing, and Grammar Tune-Up for Internationals (4 U credits)

Refinement of advanced undergraduate and graduate students’ language control; extensive reading, writing, and contextualizing grammar; focus on American academic expectations.  Intensive individualized conferences.

EAP 435:  Advanced Listening, Speaking, and Notetaking Skills for Internationals (4 U credits)

Refinement of advanced undergraduate and graduate students’ listening and speaking skills and pronunciation.  Focus on American academic expectations.  Intensive individualized conferences.

For more information on the Duals Program for Graduate students, see CIE International Admissions.

UWM Campus Services

Transportation/UPASS/BOSS

When you enter the Intensive English Program, you will be given a UPASS. You can use your UPASS to ride Milwaukee County Transit Buses around the area. You can find more information about UPASS here. In cooperation with the Milwaukee County Transit System(MCTS), UW—Milwaukee developed the UPASS transit program to serve both commuting students and students living on or near campus. There are 8 local bus routes and 3 express bus routes in Milwaukee County that take passengers directly to the University.

The UWM Student Association also offers BOSS, or Be on the Safe Side, as a van transportation service for students around the campus neighborhood. This service is free for UWM students. Please visit the BOSS website for additional information.

BOSS is safe ride service available to UWM students, operating every day between the hours of 6 pm and 2 am during the traditional academic calendar. Students may get a ride within the area of our boundaries, which are Capitol Dr. to the north, MLK/3rd St. to the west, Brady St. to the south, and Lake Michigan to the east. BOSS is completely funded through segregated fees, there are no additional charges to use the service. Rides may be scheduled using a free app TapRide, which is available for download from the Apple store or Google Play, or by calling (414) 229-6503.

IDs

When you enter the Intensive English Program, you will be given a student ID. When you arrive for orientation, you will be given a physical student ID card. You can use this card to access various campus services, such as the Klotsche athletic center and the Norris health center. We will assist you in getting your panthercard ID when you arrive on campus. Panthercard IDs can be obtained at the Panther Card Office located in Union Office 143. Their hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Online Services/Email

Upon entering the Intensive English program, you will be given an ePanther ID, which you will use to access PAWs, D2L, and your UWM email. Email will me your main method of communications while you are in the ESL Program.

PAWs

PAWS, or Panther Access to Web Services, is the platform students and faculty use to access and disseminate information. You can access your grades, look at transcripts, pay tuition, and more, using PAWS. Your ePanther ID will be given to you upon acceptance into the Intensive English Program. This ID is different from your student ID. You’ll use this to access PAWS.

Tuition and Payment

Please see Intensive English Program Costs for current sessions. You can also refer to the Newly Admitted Students page for additional information.

Working on campus

Many international students seek on-campus employment. International students who hold F-1 visas are generally allowed to work on campus. Certain visa restrictions apply and these will be explained at international student orientation.

You can search and apply for on-campus jobs at studentjobs.uwm.edu.

Conduct

In accordance with Title IX, UWM prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation on the basis of sex, gender, or sexual orientation, including sexual harassment and violence. For more information regarding Title IX, Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, and the University’s complaint procedures, please visit: http://uwm.edu/titleix/