The IELP - History and Mission

Since 1964, Portland State University (PSU) has offered academic English language instruction to thousands of international students and non-native English speakers. The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) is one of the largest university-based, English-as-a-second-language (ESL) programs in Oregon. We are also one of the oldest university-based ESL programs in the western United States.



The mission of the Intensive English Language Program (IELP) is to assist non-native English learners in acquiring the knowledge and language skills necessary to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. The program provides a supportive learning environment that promotes intercultural understanding. The IELP upholds the mission of Portland State University.

In 2015, The IELP celebrated it's 50th year anniversary! We offered an all day open house to the PSU and Portland community where people could come to learn about our program and history.

Watch our video to experience the celebration.