Learn the English Language

Northern Arizona University’s Program in Intensive English (PIE) helps non-native English speakers improve their academic language skills while living in the US.

If you're an international student, PIE will help you:

  • develop academic skills and strategies
  • become an active classroom participant
  • learn about American culture
  • make friends with other NAU students

If you're a teacher or researcher, PIE can connect you to educational and observational opportunities that further the understanding of applied linguistics.


PIE helps three types of students:

  • Degree-seeking  students who don’t meet NAU English language requirements
  • Non-degree-seeking students who are looking for language experience
  • Groups of students who want a short-term immersion experience


Our instructional staff consists of two groups:


  • Full-time instructors with MA degrees in the field of TESL

Graduate Teaching Assistants

  • PhD students with MA-TESL degrees
  • Advanced MA-TESL students


If you are interested in exploring second language teaching and learning, we have plenty of opportunities for you within PIE.