Programs at the Tutorium in Intensive English
at the University of Illinois at Chicago

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Tutorium in Intensive English (TIE)


Established in 1978, the Tutorium in Intensive English is known for its professional faculty, quality instruction, competitive fees, and convenient location on the diverse, urban University of Illinois Chicago campus. Our reputation for excellent instruction and service brings hundreds of international students to Chicago each year.

The Tutorium in Intensive English is located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the largest public, research University in the Chicago area. Just a mile from the city center, the Tutorium offers a variety of field trips and activities designed specifically to help students explore and experience American culture and life.


  • 5 levels of instruction, beginning to advanced
  • 20-25 hours of class per week
  • 12-15 students in an average class
  • 75-125 students each session
  • Special topic elective class week each session
  • Designated computer laboratories with ESL software

To help with university admission, we offer:

  • The Institutional Testing Program (ITP) TOEFL
  • College admission seminars
  • Counseling and assistance with university admissions

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Tutorium in Intensive English at the University of Illinois at Chicago


Chicago, the 3rd largest city in the U.S., is a friendly city with a rich culture to offer students. Tutorium students can enjoy:

  • World-famous museums
  • Celebrated architecture
  • Cultural and historical attractions
  • Vibrant nightlife with jazz and blues
  • Beaches and lakefront activities
  • World-class shopping on the Magnificent Mile, State Street, and beyond
  • Hundreds of restaurants serving a wide variety of cuisines from U.S. regions and all over the world, as well as inexpensive dining options
  • Easy and dependable public transportation system
  • Sporting events like baseball, basketball, hockey, and American football


Fall Late August - Late November
Spring Mid-January - Mid-April
Summer Mid-May - Late July

Midterm entries are available on a limited basis.

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Tutorium in Intensive English at the University of Illinois in Chicago

How much? (Access our 2018-19 Fee Calendar)

Application Fee (non-refundable) $175

Instructional Fees
(includes testing, ITP TOEFL, and student services fees)
  Full-Time Part-Time
Full Session $5,325 $3,135
Midterm Entry $3,135 $1,825

Note: Only full-time (20+ hours per week) are eligible for a Form I-20. Part-time students do not qualify for Form I-20 issuance.

Estimated Expenses per session
for Proof of Financial Support for I-20
  1 session
(4 months)
2 sessions
(8 months)
3 sessions
(12 months)
Fee for
full-time study
$5,325 $9,950 $14,925
$6,420 $12,840 $19,260
$550 $1,100 $1,650
Textbooks $175 (as needed) (as needed)
Total $12,470 $23,890 $35,835

*Health Insurance: All students are required to have health insurance. Check the website for exact costs and details.

Dependent Expenses: The estimated expense per month for the first dependent is $700, and $500 for each additional dependent. You are also advised to buy health insurance for dependents. Contact the Tutorium for current cost.

How to Apply to the Intensive English Program: Complete and submit the Application for the Intensive English Program on the application page of our website. Directions for completing and submitting the application can be found there.

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Tutorium in Intensive English at the University of Illinois at Chicago

English for International Professionals Series

English for International Professionals Series (EIPS) is for non-native English speaking professionals and academics who have finished their basic English studies but wish to improve specific language skills for social, academic, and professional settings. Our experienced faculty provide high quality feedback and individualized instruction in small group classes.

EIPS courses are open to intermediate- and advanced-level students over the age of 17. All courses are part-time, and most classes meet in the evenings or on weekends. EIPS offers classes conveniently located on the UIC campus, as well as self-paced online courses.

Some of our most popular EIPS courses include:

  • Communication Skills
  • Pronunciation
  • Speaking Skills for Professionals
  • Writing and Grammar
  • TOEFL iBT Preparation
  • IELTS Preparation

For course dates, fees, and additional information, please visit

Please note: Our EIPS courses (including the TOEFL preparation course) are not full-time courses, and therefore do not issue Form I-20s.

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Tutorium in Intensive English at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Communication, and Culture

Chicago, Communication, and Culture is a 3-week summer English language program for tourists and visitors to Chicago who want to explore the city while they improve their English. The program is designed for students with a basic knowledge of English who are interested in building on their skills. If you have never studied English before, you will not benefit from this program. You need to be able to speak and understand English at an intermediate level.

  • Dates: Monday through Thursday, for 3 weeks during July. (Find exact dates on our website.)
  • One hour of classroom instruction in the morning, followed by instructor-guided city tours and activities in the afternoon.
  • This is a part-time program and does not issue I-20s.
  • Activities include: a Chicago River boat tour, museum and art gallery visits, a visit to one of Chicago's famous skyscrapers, and watching the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs play baseball.
  • Fee: Please see our website for exact prices. There is a significant discount for early registration (pay by 2 April). The fee includes all course materials, city tour fees, and admission to a Chicago Cubs baseball game.
  • Registration Deadline: mid-June. (Late registration is possible if space permits.)
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  • Housing: Accommodation in a furnished residence hall on the University of Illinois campus is available for an additional payment of $985. Housing payment deadline is mid-June.

What our alumni have to say...

The TIE program really helped me a lot to get ready for the real university life in the States. The classes that the Tutorium offer really focus on the academic setting, so I wasn't too embarrassed when I took the first "real" class at UIC. The Tutorium program is great if you want to keep your academic career in the States. The classes reflect so many aspects of real academic classes in the States, so at the end, you will be very prepared to pursue your academic career in the U.S. -- Jinsun Baek, South Korea


When I attended TIE, I enjoyed meeting students from all over the world; I am still in touch with many of them. Another thing that I liked about TIE was the small class size; I felt that teachers gave more attention and care more about their students. Finally, I had so much fun on all the activities that the TIE organized during each semester, from baseball games to ice skating. Without doubt, attending TIE has been one of my best experiences in life. -- Francisco Daniel Anaya-Diaz, Mexico


I joined the Tutorium in Intensive English (TIE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2017. My experience with the TIE was fantastic. I spent a whole year with them. The Tutorium is fabulous with many distinguished professors and curricula that support the development of language learning. The Tutorium is also keen to ensure that students have the opportunity to learn the language by determining the numbers of students in the classroom and providing the opportunity for students to evaluate the curriculum and service as well. I would advise those with a desire to develop their English language or those who want to complete their university studies to join this distinguished institute to obtain the supporting of learning English with the best prices and the high quality of education. -- Saad Abdullah Al-Qarni, Saudi Arabia

Accreditations and Affiliations

CEA, the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation UCIEP, University and College Intensive English Programs EnglishUSA: American Association of Intensive English Programs

The Tutorium's Intensive English Program is accredited by CEA, the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, through the year 2027. We are also members of the Association of American Intensive English Programs (EnglishUSA), University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Tutorium in Intensive English at the University of Illinois at Chicago

We invite you to join us! We look forward to welcoming you to the Tutorium in Intensive English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. To learn more:

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Tutorium in Intensive English
University of Illinois at Chicago
1333 South Halsted Street
Suite 260
Chicago, Illinois 60607-5019

ph 312-996-8098
fx 312-996-4394

Monday - Friday
9:00am - 4:30pm
(US Central Time)
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