English as a Second Language

Intensive English Program (IEP)

Intensive English Program (IEP)

The SOLEX College Intensive English Program (IEP) offers students an extraordinary opportunity to learn English in an immersive environment. Our courses are 100% instructor-led and feature small class sizes to allow maximum student-teacher interaction. We offer courses on a rolling schedule, starting once a month across our locations. The Intensive English Program runs four days a week for 18 hours/week. You will receive a certificate upon completion of 648 hours. Prepare to become comfortable with the English language and receive an ESL certificate. Our advanced English class can also help you to prepare for the TOEFL test, or to become more fluent in the use of Business English.

At both our SOLEX locations, your study of English will go beyond the classroom. The surrounding Chicago area provides students with an exceptional opportunity to fully immerse themselves in English. Chicago provides a vibrant and exciting background with world-renowned art, culture, and entertainment venues that will enrich your study of the English language. Wheeling is located in the heart of Chicago’s prestigious northern suburbs and is a diverse and dynamic community distinguished by its unique balance of stores, restaurants and residential neighborhoods. Commuters benefit from easy access to the Metra rail service on the North Central Line via the Wheeling Metra Station. The Wheeling Park District and Cook County Forest Preserve also provide opportunities for recreation and contact with nature.

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IEP Mission Statement

The central mission of the Intensive English Program (IEP) at Solex College is to provide an intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program as well as orientation in U.S. culture for international students, professionals and other non-native speakers by means of an intensive English program of the highest quality and at the best value.

To achieve this mission, the IEP pursues the following goals:

  • Improve the English language and study skills of international students in preparation for study at an American college or university, or for personal or professional purposes.
  • Provide students with the cultural knowledge and awareness necessary to transition from life and study in their own countries to the U.S.
  • Adhere to the highest standards of English language instruction by attracting and developing talented and experienced faculty.
  • Develop an intellectual atmosphere in which professional development is supported, valued and pursued by all faculty.
  • Provide student support and administrative services.


Tuition includes books and materials. Payment can be made on a monthly basis.

Length Tuition
1 month $720
2 months $1400
3 months $2040
4 months $2640
5 months $3200
6 months $3720
7 months $4200
8 months $4640
9 months $4950
Length 1 month 2 months 3 months 4 months 5 months 6 months 7 months 8 months 9 months
Tuition $720 $1400 $2040 $2640 $3200 $3720 $4200 $4640 $4950

Course List & Description

SOLEX College offers English language courses for students of all levels, from the earliest beginner to advanced English language learners. The courses include Business English, TOEFL Preparation, Academic Writing, Public Speaking, and many others. A full course list and description is available here.​​


University dormitories are available in Downtown. The prices start at $950. Homestay options are available for both locations.


START DATES - 2016/2017

January 4 
January 9
February 1
February 6
February 29
March 6
April 4
April 10 
May 2 May 8
May 31
June 5
July 5
July 10
August 1 August 7
August 29 September 5 
October 3
October 2 
October 31October 30 
November 28 November 27 

The timetable is as follows:


Monday-Thursday      9:30am - 2pm (18 hours/week)

Monday-Thursday      5:30pm - 10pm (18 hours/week)


Monday-Thursday      9am - 1:30pm (18 hours/week)

Monday - Thursday   5:30pm - 10pm (18hours/week) 

 Placement Test Schedule 2016

January 22
February 19
March 25
April 22
May 20
June 24
July 22
August 19
September 23
October 21
November 18
December 30

Prerequisite Courses & Other Requirements For Admission To Program: To apply, students must have a high school diploma or its equivalent and be at least 16 years of age. Under certain circumstances, an applicant under the age of 16, or who has not graduated from high school may be considered for enrollment with approval of college administration. ESL students are required to take a placement test which assesses the student’s ability in Listening, Written Structures, and Speaking. Students are then placed into the appropriate level based upon placement test results. Students are eligible to begin a class based on initial placement test results or successful completion of the previous level.

For detailed instructions on how to apply, click here 

Intensive English Program (IEP) Disclosure

U.S. Department of Education's Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) program code
23.0101 [English and Literature, General] for ESL and TESOL programs
The on-time graduation rate for students completing the program (2014-2015)
Program Tuition Fee
Comprehensive Fee
Job Placement Rate for students completing the program (2014-2015)
The median Loan Debt incurred by students who completed the program (2014-2015)
Program Acceptance rate (2014-2015)

Have questions or ready to get started?

Call us at 866-79SOLEX (76539) to speak to an admissions representative or request more information via e-mail.