About TIEP

Since 1965 the Texas Intensive English Program (TIEP) has provided the highest quality English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction to individuals whose native language is not English. TIEP has helped more than 30,000 students and professionals from 127 countries to achieve their goals. The program accepts individuals who are 17 years of age or older (except for customized group programs). TOEFL is not required for admission.

 

TIEP is authorized under federal law to issue Form I-20 to non-immigrant students.

Mission

The mission of TIEP at Lamar is to provide exemplary English language training and student services to individuals whose native language is not English.

Core Purpose

To prepare English language learners to succeed in a global environment.

Goals

  • To develop the English language and study skills of international students in preparation for study at an American college or university, and/or for the use of English in professional and social contexts.
  • To provide initial and on-going support to international students to foster a successful stay in the United States.
  • To familiarize international students with the people, culture, and customs of the United States.
  • To provide student support and administrative services of the highest quality in an efficient manner.
  • To facilitate intercultural awareness and understanding among students.
  • To hire, support, and retain a credentialed faculty with demonstrated high standards of professional conduct, abilities, and experience in teaching English as a Second Language.
  • To encourage active faculty and staff participation in the development and evaluation of the program.
  • To foster an intellectual atmosphere in which professional development is valued and pursued by all faculty and staff.
  • To serve as an English-language proficiency testing center.
  • To serve as a resource for the Texas International Education Consortium on projects that involve language and cultural instruction, including the training of international teachers of English.
  • To establish a local, state, national, and international presence for TIEP through the participation of the faculty and professional staff in relevant professional associations and activities.

TIEP’s instruction, services, and practices are in compliance with the Standards of the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), the Standards of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP), and the Code of Ethics of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Accreditation and Professional Memberships

TIEP at Lamar, strongly committed to excellence, is one of the most highly credentialed English as a Second Language (ESL) programs in the United States.
  • TIEP at Lamar is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period December 2012 through December 2017 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, 801 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 402A, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.
  • TIEP at Lamar has been a member in good standing of EnglishUSA (American Association of Intensive English Programs – AAIEP) since 2013.
TIEP at Lamar offers full-time programs of intensive English study year-round, as well as custom-designed programs for groups and individuals.
TIEP is a nonprofit educational organization and is a division of the Texas International Education Consortium (TIEC), an Association of 32 Texas Public Universities for International Education. TIEC’s activities are governed by the presidents of its affiliated universities who serve as the Board of Directors.
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 32 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.