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Q: How long will it take me to finish CIEP?

A: In order to graduate from CIEP, you must pass the last level (level 7) of each course.  You can only move up one level per session.   For example, if you enter the program at level B, this will take you one and a half years, if you pass every class. If you enter the program at level 3, it will take you one year, if you pass every class in every level.


Q: What if I am not satisfied with my placement in CIEP after the placement exam?

A: Students may complete a “Formal Student Grievance Form” (Student Handbook, Appendix K) and give it to a staff member in the office. The director and the student’s  instructors will decide if a level change is appropriate and provide an answer in writing.


Q: Does CIEP offer a TOEFL test?

A: CIEP offers the Institutional TOEFL every April, July, and December.  The results of the test are used for UNI admission only. The Academic Learning  Center on UNI’s campus offers the iBT (internet-based) TOEFL test. For more information about the iBT, call (319)- 273-6023 or visit


Q: Do I have to study at CIEP every session to remain a student?

A: Students are able to take a vacation session after four consecutive 8-week sessions.  If a student studies in CIEP for four sessions, he or she will be able to skip a session to travel or go back home and then return to CIEP without having to renew immigration status documents.


Q: What is plagiarism?  What happens I cheat and/or plagiarize in a class?

A: Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as your own. Any ideas or materials taken from another source (student, website, book, friend, etc.) for either written or oral use and presented by you for evaluation purposes must be acknowledged and cited.

 Anytime you do not cite a source, your teacher will assume that the words written are your original ideas. When using ideas or words from other sources to complete an assignment, you must cite where you found them. Your teacher will help you learn the correct way to cite and credit sources, but you can ask for help, too.

Please note the plagiarism is an act of academic dishonesty and a serious offense in the U.S. academic environment. Penalties for plagiarism can be severe. If you are found to commit plagiarism, you will be penalized depending on the circumstances.  Please refer to Notice of Plagiarism/Cheating (Student Handbook, Appendix I)  for examples of plagiarism and penalties.


Q: What should I do if I have a problem with a class, teacher, or grade?

A: We hope your experience at the CIEP is rewarding and trouble-free.  However, problems may occur and we want to help you solve them as quickly as possible.  If your problem is about your class grade, please speak to the instructor first.  You may have to make an appointment to speak to the instructor outside of class.  If at any time your problem is not resolved to your satisfaction or involves something personal that you cannot discuss with your instructor or the office staff, you may complete a Formal Student Grievance (Student Handbook, Appendix K).  Copies of this grievance form are also available in the main office.

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