University of Nevada, Reno IELC Reno NV

University of Nevada, Reno IELC

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $30,000—$35,000 Year

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    University/Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification


  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment, Dormitory

  • Test Scores

    TOEFL: 60 +, IELTS: Band 6 +

  • Social Media

A Little About Us...

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is a fully accredited public university established in 1874. As the oldest institution of higher education in the state of Nevada, the university has a long tradition of academic excellence. Students can choose from a full-time intensive English program and more than 145 degree programs at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels. The university's diverse student body of approximately 21,000 students come from all over the United States and includes over 800 international students and researchers representing more than 70 nations.

Visit the University of Nevada, Reno website

Visit the Office of International Students and Scholars website

Why you should study at the University of Nevada, Reno

  • Ranked as Tier One among American's Best National Universities by the U.S. News & World Report
  • Scholarships and graduate assistantships available
  • Many of Nevada's programs are ranked in the top 100 "best schools" in the U.S. News & World Report including clinical psychology, environmental engineering, earth science, civil engineering and speech pathology
  • High quality education at a competitive price
  • MBA program is ranked No. 21 in the United States by BusinessWeek
  • Conditional Admission may be available for students who have not met the English requirement
  • Scenic campus located four blocks from downtown on a hill overlooking the city
University of Nevada, Reno, Intensive English Language Center

The Reno-Tahoe Area

The University of Nevada, Reno is an ideal location to study. Students are always impressed with the beauty of the Reno-Tahoe area. The city of Reno, located on the northwestern edge of the State of Nevada, has long been famed as the "Biggest Little City in the World". With a population of approximately 500,000 the region offers the advantages and excitement of a major urban area along with the quality of life found in a safe, small, friendly community.

  • One-hour drive from Lake Tahoe resort area
  • Four-hour drive from beautiful San Francisco, California
  • Limitless summer and winter recreation including world class skiing only 20 minutes from campus, as well as boating, hiking, golf and much more
  • Spectacular mountain views
  • Ideal dry climate; sunny days and cool nights
  • Four distinct seasons with over 300 days of sunshine per year

The Intensive English Language Center

Since 1982 the Intensive English Language Center (IELC) at the University of Nevada, Reno has been providing English language instruction to students preparing to pursue academic degrees or for those who just want to improve their general English language skills. The Center Has Three Main Goals:

  • Teaching the language and study skills necessary for successful university level study
  • Introducing students to American culture and university life
  • Helping students with the transition from ESL to academic studies

The program consists of 20 hours of instruction each week and includes language study and practice, as well as cultural orientation. The class levels range from beginning to advanced. Beginning courses emphasize basic vocabulary and grammar and teach communication for everyday situations. Intermediate and advanced-level courses focus on writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills for academic purposes. These levels include a variety of short, content-based courses and seminars that introduce students to the style of teaching in the United States.

  • Academic skills emphasized
  • Experienced teaching staff, all with MA or Ph.D.
  • Orientation and academic advisement
  • Six levels of instruction; 12-15 students per class
  • 5, 8, 10 and 16 week programs / $1,400, $1,950, $2,800, $3,900 tuition fees
  • Certificate of Program Completion from university
  • Member of English USA and Accredited by CEA

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University Facilities & Services

  • Fully equipped & modern recreation center with Olympic size pool and climbing wall
  • Free access to internet and computer labs
  • Newly built, state-of-the-art library
  • Student Health Center
  • Cafeterias, restaurants and snack bars
  • Art gallery, theater, concerts, and special lectures
  • Writing, tutoring and math center available for students of all levels
  • Fully staffed International Student Office with advisors
University of Nevada, Reno, Intensive English Language Center


  • Comprehensive orientation program
  • Friendship Family Program
  • Conversation Partner Program
  • International Women's Network
  • Active International Club
  • Local excursions to historic sites and attractions
  • Year-round student receptions, dances, parties, and banquets
  • Organized hiking, skiing and sightseeing trips


The university is home to eight on-campus dormitories with options ranging from double rooms to apartment style living. For those who choose not to live on campus there are numerous nearby apartments available within walking distance of the University.

  • Historical and modern residence halls located on campus
  • Many low-cost apartments near the university campus
  • Meal plans at dining rooms and cafes/snack bars
  • Opportunities to meet American and international students
  • Experience American culture by living with Americans

University of Nevada, reno is AACSB and ABET accredited

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University of Nevada, Reno IELC

Office of International Students and Scholars 120 Fitzgerald Student Services Building / MS 0074
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0208
P: 775.784.6874

Intensive English Language Center Edmund J. Cain Hall / MS 148
University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0208
P: 775.784.6075

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