Center for International Programs

Intensive English (ESL) Students

Apply to the International English Language Institute (IELI)

 The International English Language Institute, located on the campus of Humboldt State University, is a multi-level intensive English program designed for students planning to enter an American college or university. We offer 6 sessions of intensive English language instruction per year.

 IELI helps students improve their proficiency in the English language in order to reach academic, professional, and personal goals.  In small classes taught by dedicated professionals, students are given individual attention to help develop their skills in taking notes, giving oral presentations, and writing.

Application Process
  • Complete the Application form online.  You can also fill out a paper Application Form.
    • Be sure that your name is spelled exactly as it is on your passport. Check the starting date of the sessions you wish to attend.  If you fill out the paper form, you can mail it to our address below, or save the form, and email it to
    • To assist us in placing you in the proper level, please take the Cambridge Placement Test and report your score on the application.

  • Pay the US $55.00 Application Fee.
    • You may pay online using the link above, via international money order, or by a check drawn on a U.S. bank. Checks should be payable to HSU. 
  • Submit a photocopy of your passport.
  • If you are already in the U.S. and transferring from another school or program, you must send us an IELI Notification of Intent to Transfer which shows that you are in status, and a photocopy of your I-94 and I-20.

Send all of the above to: or

Center for International Programs
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst St.
Arcata, CA 95521-8299

Deadlines and dates
Session Dates Application Deadline
Fall 1 mid-August to mid-October June 30
Fall 2 mid-October to mid-December August 31
Spring 1 mid-January to mid-March November 30
Spring 2 mid-March to mid-May January 31
Summer mid-May to mid-July March 31
Intersession (4 weeks) mid-July to mid-August  May 31

All sessions are 8 weeks except for Intersession, which is 4 weeks.


Insurance Requirement

 All students must have health insurance. You can buy health insurance when you arrive.
When you receive your I-20 and letter of admission, you should apply for an F-1 Student Visa at the U.S. Consulate or Embassy.

Time to Completion

Please consult the table below to find out how long it will take you to finish the Advanced level at the IELI and become eligible for the Bridge Program.

TOEFL Score at time of entry* IELI Level Time to completion
Below 400 Intermediate or lower 1 to 1.5 years
400 - 450 Intermediate or High Intermediate About 1 year
450 or higher High Intermediate or Advanced 2 to 3 sessions (4 to 6 months)
500 or more Bridge 1 semester for undergraduate studies (6 months), 1 to 2 semesters for graduate studies (6 months to one year)

 *Note: these scores are only estimates for time to completion.  Student's level will be assessed upon arrival at the IELI.


Center for International Programs
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street.
Arcata, CA, 95521-8299 U.S.A.

Telephone: +1 (707) 826-4142
Fax: +1 (707) 826-3939