About TIEP

The mission of the Texas Intensive English Program (TIEP) is to provide exemplary English language training and student services to individuals whose native language is not English. Since 1965, TIEP has helped more than 30,000 students and professionals from 130 countries to achieve their goals by strengthening their English skills and improving their communication skills. TIEP accepts individuals who are 17 years of age or older and does not require a minimum TOEFL or IELTS score for admission. We would be delighted for you to become part of our worldwide community of TIEP students.

  TIEP is authorized under federal law to issue Form I-20 to non-immigrants seeking a student (F-1) visa.

Accreditation, Professional Memberships, and Overview

The Texas Intensive English Program (TIEP) is strongly committed to excellence and to the welfare of our students.

TIEP is a highly credentialed English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

  • Accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) since 2000.
  • A member in good standing of EnglishUSA (American Association of Intensive English Programs-AAIEP) since 1989.
  • An institutional member of the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) since 2013.

The Texas Intensive English Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period December 2015 through December 2025 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 English language programs and institutions in the U.S.  For further information about this accreditation, please contact the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.

TIEP endorses and operates in accordance with the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Statement of Ethical Principles.  TIEP is committed to providing high-quality instruction and services for its students and to making every student feel valued and respected.

TIEP offers three full-time programs of intensive English study year-round, as well as custom-designed programs for groups and individuals.  TIEP also offers afternoon elective classes and an Evening Program for individuals who live and work in the Austin area.  University ExpressSM , a unique concept in educational excellence, is a comprehensive, accelerated, and individualized university-preparation program which includes intensive English study at TIEP.

TIEP teachers, administrators, and staff are highly trained professionals who understand student needs.  Most of them have lived overseas and traveled extensively.  TIEP teachers have native English speaking proficiency and degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), foreign language education, or closely related fields.  The teachers and administrators of TIEP are supported by an experienced staff who assist students with immigration, housing, medical insurance, and other student matters.

TIEP is a nonprofit educational organization and is a division of the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC). TIEC assists educators and students worldwide to strengthen instructional programs, build effective management and administrative structures, and develop a foundation for active, life-long learning.  Founded in 1985 this independent, self-funded, non-profit corporation delivers a full range of services by utilizing the extensive resource base of public universities in the State of Texas along with other institutions in the United States.  TIEC’s activities are governed by the presidents of its affiliated universities who serve as the Board of Directors.

TIEC has assisted more than 40 countries in meeting the educational needs of rapidly growing populations and in using education to assist with national economic development. Numerous large-scale projects around the world – in the Middle East, South and East Asia, Europe and Central Asia, Africa, and Latin America – have enabled TIEC to develop and fine-tune methodologies and approaches that can address local needs with all the strengths of international best-in-class education practices.

We hope that you will consider learning English at TIEP and will contact us about our programs.  We would be delighted to welcome you to our TIEP community.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Basic information about TIEP is available in the languages listed below. To view the information, click on the name of the language.