Program Overview

Learn English

The Program in Intensive English (PIE) prepares you for academic success at a US university.  You'll be able to study for a Northern Arizona University degree when you finish our English program—while enjoying the benefits of a full-time student in the meantime.

In this program, you will:

  • work to improve your English skills by taking full-time English language coursework
  • develop your study skills in a university environment
  • gain confidence in yourself as a student and as an English speaker
  • make friends in the university student community
  • immerse yourself in American culture
  • have access to university services, facilities, and activities:
    • opportunity to live on campus
    • check out books from the library
    • use the athletic center
    • and more...
     

How the program works

After you apply to PIE and are accepted to the university, you will be assigned to a level of instruction based on your placement test score or your internet-based TOEFL (iBT score):

Level 1

This level is for students who have PIE Test or TOEFL iBT scores (or an equivalent) below 15. These students take from 20-27 hours of instruction in the PIE.

Level 2

This level is for students with scores of 16-31 on the PIE Test or the TOEFL iBT. These students take from 20-27 hours of instruction in the PIE.

Level 3

This level is for students with scores of 32-44 on the PIE Test or the TOEFL iBT. These students take from 24-27 hours of instruction in the PIE.

Level 4

This level is for students with scores of 45-56 on the PIE Test or the TOEFL iBT. These students take from 24-27 hours of instruction in the PIE.

Level 5

This level is for students who have a score of 57-69 on the PIE Test or the TOEFL iBT.  Students either take full-time English or are enrolled in 4 credits of English 105 along with 16-18 hours of PIE instruction.

Note: Undergraduate degree-seeking students who complete Level 5 may then enroll in regular NAU courses.

Level 6

This level is for undergraduates who want more time to prepare for university study or for students who plan to apply to graduate programs in the United States.  Students in this class possess PIE Test or TOEFL iBT scores in the 70-100 range and may either take full-time English or enroll in 4-8 credits of regular NAU coursework along with 13-18 hours of PIE instruction.  

Program courses

View our program courses to learn what classes you will take as a student in PIE.