About TIEP

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 131 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.

  • TIEP has been accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) since 2000.
  • TIEP has been a member in good standing of EnglishUSA (American Association of Intensive English Programs-AAIEP) since 1989.

The Texas Intensive English Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) 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 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 administrators and staff are members of NAFSA which enables them to access current, expert information on U.S. government regulations and best practices in the field of international education.

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 graduate degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), foreign language education, or closely related fields.  They are members of TESOL International Association and are involved in professional development activities to ensure that they have current knowledge and skills to teach English very effectively.  The teachers and administrators of TIEP are supported by an experienced staff who assist students with immigration, housing, medical insurance, and other student matters. They understand the issues that students can face living in another country and are available to help.

The 30 hour per week intensive Texas University Pathway program aims to prepare university-bound international students for admissions and academic success at Texas universities through a series of specialty services. The program provides a pathway to more than 20 colleges and universities that have agreed to offer conditional admission and/or TOEFL waivers to students completing the highest language level at TIEP.

TIEP provides customized training programs for sponsoring agencies, governments, educational institutions, private companies, and individuals contracting special programs or private lessons to meet specific training needs and goals. To view examples of our teacher and professional training program experience, click here.

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.

TIEC is authorized by the United States Department of State to issue Form DS-2019, the Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitors (J-1), for international students, professors, research scholars, and short-term scholars who take part in J-1 Exchange Visitor programs at participating Texas universities.  TIEC currently provides J-1 visitor services for 18 universities in Texas.

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

TIEP Student Guide

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