UT Martin to suspend Tennessee Intensive English Program in 2020

The program prepares international students with the language skills and cultural adjustment needed to succeed in university-level undergraduate and graduate programs.

In an email Tuesday to university leadership, Dr. Philip Acree Cavalier, university provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, said that the program has experienced a financial deficit for each of the past three years. Contributing to this deficit is a five-year decline in TIEP student numbers, which is partially attributed to changes in international education.

“I want to emphasize that we will continue to pursue degree-seeking international students through a variety of different avenues, and we will continue to grow our study-abroad and travel-study programs,” Cavalier wrote in the email.

The TIEP began in 1974 and is part of UT Martin’s Office of International Programs and International Admissions. TIEP will fulfill its commitment to provide intensive English programs for students already registered for short-term sessions in spring 2020.


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