Why Ball State IEI?


IEI Program

The Ball State University Intensive English Institute (IEI) provides seven-week intensive English instruction for all levels of non-native speakers of English who have a secondary school (high school) degree. All classes are at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, USA.   

Each program module will last approximately seven weeks. Full-time Intensive English Institute students will be in class 20 hours per week. Class sizes may range from a few students to no more than 15 students per class.  

Proficiency and Placement

Your English proficiency upon arrival determines the IEI course level at which you will begin. Once you have been admitted, you will be provided with information on how to take the placement test.

Please note that, beginning Spring 2024, a language test score will be required for conditional admission and/or admission to the Intensive English Institute. The Intensive English Institute offers Academic English courses for students who have the following minimum language test scores.

  • IELTS 4.5
  • TOEFL iBt 42
  • Duolingo English Test 65
  • Pearson PTE 40

Application Process

If you are applying for IEI only, the application process and due dates can be found here:

IEI students interested in applying for undergraduate or graduate study in regular courses at Ball State upon completion of the IEI can be conditionally admitted. Students who are eligible for conditional admission are admitted to the Intensive English Institute program at Ball State and must meet English proficiency requirements before being offered degree-seeking admission to the university.

If you are applying for conditional admission, the application process and due dates can be found here:



The IEI Academic Bridge Program allows international students who have English proficiency scores slightly lower than the minimum requirement to begin taking academic classes while studying part time in the final level of the IEI. Students must be applying for conditional admission to an academic program in order to qualify for admission into the IEI Academic Bridge Program.

IEI students interested in applying for undergraduate or graduate study in regular courses at Ball State upon completion of the IEI can be conditionally admitted. This allows IEI students to receive an official letter of admission to be used for government scholarships and/or visa purposes. IEI will also provide a TOEFL waiver letter for students under the conditional admission policy.

Academic Bridge students must meet the following English proficiency requirements for the IEI Academic Bridge Program:

  • Duolingo English Test score of 100 or 105
  • TOEFL ibt score of 75-78; Ball State also accepts MyBest TOEFL scores
  • IELTS score of 6.0
  • Pearson PTE score of 51-52


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Our Mission

The mission of the Intensive English Institute (IEI) is twofold, with both elements having equal importance. One goal is to facilitate international students’ progress in English proficiency and the knowledge of US culture necessary for success in academic coursework in the United States. The IEI aids students in the acquisition of English in order for students to begin their coursework as soon as possible.

The second purpose is to encourage the development and research of best practices in the area of language teaching and learning. Therefore, participation in classroom-based research, inquiry, and reflection is encouraged for all IEI faculty. Additionally, the IEI provides university students in appropriately–related graduate programs opportunities for hands-on teaching experience and practical training in a supportive environment.

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Intensive English Institute

Robert Bell Building (RB), Room 359
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306 USA



The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation

The Intensive English Institute is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period August 2018 through August 2027 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency. For further information about this accreditation, please contact the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.