Certified Intensive English ProgrammE

The CIEP is the most efficient learning option to get you ready for university. Joining the CIEP allows you to focus on learning English instead of juggling language learning and university coursework.
Best of all, ELS completion certificates are recognised by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education and accepted by all universities in Malaysia for international admission.
5.5 - 6.5
46 - 79
4.0 - 5.0
30 - 40



10: Beginner 100 to Advanced 109


Maximum: 20 students,

Average: 15 students


All: ELS Kuala Lumpur, Subang Jaya, UPM and UTM (Johor)


28 periods per week, 50 minutes each


4 weeks per level


Every month*

*While all programmes run in 4-week sessions, students can start on any Monday year-round (Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday). For the best experience, we encourage students to start at the beginning of a session where possible and not to start on week four of the session.


Studying in Malaysia can unlock a myriad of academic, social and career opportunities for international students. The CIEP will help you take advantage of these opportunities by ensuring you are confident in your English language abilities.
The comprehensive CIEP curriculum is designed to include all aspects of academic communication to ensure you are comfortable in any setting on a college or university campus.
Confidence and comfort are important factors for academic success and can make studying in Malaysia much more enjoyable.


The CIEP curriculum is designed to help you easily transition to university study. The programme structure focuses on three specific pillars that make up the necessary skills for academic success.

Key Language Skills

The CIEP covers all essential language skills such as listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, and grammar.
You will learn to speak with clarity, listen carefully, and gain the writing competencies necessary to complete your academic assignments with ease and accuracy.

Key University Success Skills

To succeed in a college or university, you will need more than just basic English language skills.
In CIEP, you will also learn skills for critical thinking, presentation, public speaking, note-taking, academic research and more.

Applied Learning

The goal of ELS is to provide real-world language learning that can be applied in real settings.
For example, through activities such as debating and role-playing, you will practise using the right phrases and vocabulary for various scenarios.

a typical ciep schedule

Your daily study schedule will contain several different components, each focusing on a specific language skill such as listening, speaking, reading, writing or grammar.
Time Component
8:30 am - 10:20 am
Structure & Speaking Practice
10:20 am - 10:40 am
10:40 am - 12:30 pm
Reading & Writing
12:30 am - 1:30 pm
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm
Skills Enhancement
2:30 pm - 3:20 pm
Language Technology Centre

On Fridays, only 4 lessons are scheduled to make time for group activities and excursions.

Class and start times may vary by level and centre. All ELS centres are open from Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5:30 pm, with staff available and ready to assist you.


Structure & Speaking Practice

This class meets for two lessons each day from Monday to Friday. You will learn speaking, listening and structure (grammar).

Reading & Writing

This class meets for two lessons each day from Monday to Friday. You will focus on developing your reading and writing skills.

Skills Enhancement

This class meets for one lesson each day from Monday to Thursday. You and your classmates will be learning collaboratively to enhance your communicative abilities.

Language Technology Centre (LTC)

The LTC at ELS is open to students after regular classes. Using an LTC computer, you can access the study materials and language exercises on the ELS Online platform to keep developing your English outside of the classroom.


ELS partnered with National Geographic Learning to produce custom instructional materials exclusively for ELS students. Our CIEP textbooks combine the engaging visual content that National Geographic is famous for, together with comprehensive digital resources to enhance the learning experience for you both in and outside the classroom.


ELS offers 10 proficiency levels (Beginner to Advanced), as well as placement testing to determine the level that best fits your abilities.
At the end of every four-week session, if you successfully meet your level’s requirements, you will move up to the next level.
As you progress through the levels, your courses build upon the skills you learned in the lower levels and become more complex.
Beginner Level 100

  • Communicate at a basic level in everyday situations
  • Understand English when spoken to slowly and clearly
  • Understand a few words and phrase

Elementary Level 101 - 103
CEFR A1 - A2

  • Communicate at a basic level in everyday situations
  • Understand English when spoken to slowly and clearly
  • Understand a few words and phrases
  • Respond to simple questions and directions

Intermediate Level 104 - 106
CEFR A2 - B1

  • Communicate facts and opinions
  • Discuss and argue in a culturally acceptable way
  • Understand most questions and statements at normal speaking speed
  • Carry on conversations with native speakers
  • Use English to shop, order food in restaurants and ask for directions
  • By Level 106, be ready to enrol for pre-university / foundation programmes or take up preparation programmes for academic tests such as IELTS and TOEFL

Advanced Level 107 - 109
CEFR B1 - B2

  • Communicate effectively in most social situations
  • Understand a wide range of idioms
  • Maintain extended conversations with native speakers
  • Use English with growing accuracy and fluency, including in reading and writing
  • Participate fully in most conversations
  • By Level 107, be ready to undertake diploma-level and certain undergraduate programmes conducted in English or conduct business in English at a basic level
  • By Level 108, be ready for most undergraduate programmes at university level or work in an English-speaking environment
  • By Level 109, be confident to embark on a university degree or post-graduate programme

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