Creighton University has been providing instruction in English as a second language since 1979. The Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) offers two full semesters of instruction each year across four levels of language skills, plus an 8-week summer intensive program. Guided by a team of excellent instructors, students develop the speaking, writing, reading and listening skills necessary for academic success while gaining insights into various aspects of U.S. culture.

The mission of the IELI is

  1.  to provide intensive English instruction and support services to help prepare IELI students for the academic rigors necessary at Creighton University;
  2. to promote the practice and scholarship of English language teaching in an environment of integrity and respect;
  3. to provide guidance in the areas of intercultural understanding, campus and community participation, and global citizenship; and
  4. to reflect and support the mission of Creighton University.

Program Description

The IELI curriculum consists of courses in listening/speaking, reading, writing, and grammar taught on four of proficiency, from beginning to advanced1. Small classes of no more than 15 students each allow for a great deal of individual attention. During the first three days of the term, new students participate in an orientation program that includes tests to determine their most appropriate IELI level and activities that introduce them to life on campus and in Omaha. At the end of each session, students are evaluated by their instructors and promoted to the next level if they have made satisfactory progress. Certificates of attendance and completion are awarded.


 Full-time enrollment in IELI is 20 or more hours of instruction a week.

IELI Terms and Application Deadlines

Fall Semester 2016August 17 - December 16June 15
Spring Semester 2017January 4 - May 5November 1
Summer 8-week 2017June 14 - August 10April 15

Entrance Requirements: IELI applicants must be at least 17 years of age and have completed high school (exceptions can be made for short-term study).

The complete IELI application includes:

  1. IELI Application Form.
  2. Certification of Available Finances indicating funding from all sources.
  3. Bank statements showing the most recent three months of activity.
  4. Copy of the personal page of the applicant’s passport.
  5. A $75 Application Fee payable to Creighton University. This is a one-time, non-refundable application fee. Payment may be made by sending a cashier's check or money order.
  6. Transcripts of high school and university (if applicable) showing courses taken, including courses in English as a foreign language and grades earned.

Mail application documents and Application Fee payment to:

Intensive English Language Institute
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE, 68178, USA

Acceptance to IELI

Once accepted into IELI, students will receive an acceptance letter and an I-20 with instructions to apply for an entry visa at their nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Students must enter the U.S. on an F-1 visa, not a tourist visa.

Admission to Creighton

Admission to Creighton’s IELI does not include admission to a degree program at Creighton University. Students who plan to enter Creighton University should apply for admission to the University.