Immerse yourself in academic and University life, with
access to all Northern Arizona University programs and activities, while
studying at NAU’s Program in Intensive English (PIE). When you exit the program, you are eligible
to begin a degree program at NAU (undergraduate level).
In this program, you will:
- improve your English skills
- learn skills to succeed in university classes
- engage in courses designed to simulate a university environment
- join NAU's student community
- experience American culture and participate in Flagstaff's local events
- have access to university services, facilities, and activities, including:
- on-campus living and dining
- library resources
- NAU Recreation Center, tennis courts, and swimming pool
- intramural sports and clubs
- and more...
How the program
- Apply to PIE
- Receive conditional admittance letter from NAU
- Participate in International Student Orientation
- Take the PIE placement test
- Receive level assignment*
- Start PIE classes!
*PIE does not offer classes for beginning-level students. Applicants should have a basic understanding of English; PIE recommends an IELTS score of at least 2.0 (TOEFL score of at least 16). Applicants who place below Level 2 will need to transfer.Level 2
Level 2 is General English, and students use their language knowledge and ability to go beyond basic communication. At this level, students process information in order to produce longer spoken and written texts, and also develop their ability to sustain reading and conversation. Students in level 2 have approximate scores of 16-31 (TOEFL) or 2-4 (IELTS).Level 3
Level 3, students acquire and demonstrate knowledge and language abilities for
academic purposes with significant teacher support. At this level, students
process simplified academic input in order to produce spoken and written texts.
Students in level 3 have approximate scores of 32-44 (TOEFL) or 4-5
(IELTS). View Level 3 courses
Level 4, students acquire knowledge and demonstrate language abilities for
academic purposes. This level provides students opportunities to engage with
adapted academic reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students respond
critically to academic texts and lectures while developing their vocabulary
knowledge. At this level, students begin to draft longer essays that display
complexity in organization and content. Students can produce sustained
discourse about academic topics and improve their pragmatics and interactional
competence by engaging in group discussions. Students in level 4 have
approximate scores of 45-56 (TOEFL) or 5-5.5 (IELTS). View Level 4 courses
Level 5, students gain the language knowledge and skills necessary for study at
the university. This level provides the necessary transition from intensive
language study to university study. Students become fluent in listening to
authentic academic lectures. They learn to apply reading strategies
independently in order to successfully comprehend and discuss academic texts.
Students at this level study a wide-range of academic vocabulary and apply it
in written and spoken contexts. Students in level 5 have approximate scores of
57-69 (TOEFL) or 5.5-6 (IELTS). View Level 5 courses.
degree-seeking students who complete Level 5 may choose to enroll in regular
NAU courses or continue in PIE’s Level 6 to further enhance their English language
Level 6, students gain the language knowledge and abilities necessary to be
prepared for advanced study at the university. Students listen to authentic
academic passages and lectures and read authentic academic texts. Students learn
and use academic vocabulary and complex grammatical structures to complete both
academic written and spoken tasks. Students in level 6 have approximate scores
of 70+ (TOEFL) or 6+ (IELTS). View Level 6 courses
our program courses to
learn what classes you will take as a student in PIE.