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
- 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
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):
Score below 16 on the iBT: 27 hours of instruction
Score between 16-31 on the iBT: 27
hours of instruction
Score between 32-44 on the iBT: 27 hours of
Score between 45-57 on the iBT: 26 hours of
Level 5 (or “Bridge” level)
Score between 57-69 on the iBT: 24 hours of instruction. You are
allowed to take up to four credits of regular university coursework along with 20
hours of coursework in PIE.
Note: Undergraduate degree-seeking
students who complete Level 5 may then enroll in regular NAU courses.
Level 6 (Graduate Academic Preparation)
This class is for students who hope to apply to graduate
programs in the United States. Students
in this class have advanced proficiency (iBT scores over 70 for undergraduates, but will need higher proficiency for graduate programs) and need to prepare for GRE/GMAT tests as well as improve their
academic proficiency and prepare their graduate applications. Students enrolled
in this course will be full-time students.
View our program courses to learn what classes you will take as a student in PIE.