Intensive English Program

Student activities

Four student pose for the camera in front of an old steam engine

Field trips

The Intensive English Program (IEP) provides a variety of out-of-town trips for students. Students have the opportunity to visit a variety of places in Missouri, including St. Louis, Kansas City, Hannibal and Jefferson City. These outings include visiting the St. Louis Zoo, going ice skating, touring the Missouri State Capitol and shopping in Kansas City. The IEP provides transportation. Students pay any admission fees and personal expenses.

Conversation Partners Program

The IEP Conversation Partners Program matches IEP students with MU student volunteers, providing them with the opportunity to meet Americans outside of class to practice their English language skills and learn about American culture. IEP students who participate in the program report that they really enjoy the experience and recommend it to all new IEP students. Being paired with an American student allows them to:

  • Practice speaking English,
  • Share information about their cultures, and
  • Participate in different kinds of activities.

Conversation partners typically meet one or two hours each week. Many IEP students develop long-lasting friendships with their conversation partners. There is no charge for students to participate in the program.

Conversation Program with residents at Lenoir Woods

IEP students are encouraged to participate in the Conversation Program with residents at Lenoir Woods, a local retirement community. The residents at Lenoir Woods are interested in talking with IEP students and helping them with their English. Some of the Lenoir residents are retired professors, and many of them have traveled to or lived in other countries. They have seen many changes in American culture and lifestyle during their lives, and they have a lot of fascinating stories to share. IEP students are provided with transportation to Lenoir Woods about every other week during the term.

MU activities

Students may take advantage of many different campus activities, including concerts, sports events, guest speakers, movies and international cultural events. The MU Engage website has a list of upcoming events.

Students may use all of the MizzouRec services and facilities, such as tennis courts, swimming pools, basketball and volleyball courts, table tennis equipment, weight room, exercise room, indoor running tracks and soccer fields.

There are many clubs and organizations at MU (e.g., international, recreational, social, religious) that students are encouraged to join. For more information, visit the Get Involved website.