About Us


OPIE is the Ohio Program of Intensive English, located on the campus of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. The Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) began offering classes in 1967 and is one of the leading English language programs in the U.S.  OPIE is the oldest university English language program in Ohio.


Click on the photo above to see more images of “OPIE Throughout the Decades.”

Students come from all over the world to improve their English, prepare for academic study, and learn U.S. culture. OPIE classes are small and teachers pay special attention to student needs. Participation and the practical use of spoken and written English are emphasized.


All OPIE classrooms are wired to the internet and have projectors and document readers. Computer labs, mobile lab technology, and a Moodle Course Management System is also available to students on a daily basis.  To look at a sampling of classrooms, click here.


OPIE’s primary purpose is to help you learn English and prepare you to live and study in the USA. In OPIE you will gain confidence in using American English and have a deeper understanding of American culture. OPIE instructors are experienced and qualified language teachers who have studied other languages and have lived outside the USA. OPIE consists of full-time and part-time levels of intensive English.  Our part-time or Bridge levels offer students studying in the fields of business, economics, or engineering an opportunity to take specialized coursework.  Read more about our Business Bridge Track and Engineering Track.

OPIE is frequently asked by the U.S. government to provide special programs in International Training and Development for Fulbright scholars, students, and English teachers.

In addition to classes, OPIE offers opportunities to:

•  meet with a conversation partner or attend a weekly conversation hour.
•  get personalized, free one-on-one tutoring in OPIE’s pronunciation lab and writing lab.
•  practice your reading rate and comprehension in our reading lab.
•  use the latest computer resources in our Language Resource Center (LRC).
•  attend cultural and social events on campus and in the community.

Classes meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with Wednesday reserved for individual lab work, teacher conferences, and special projects or activities. Please note: OPIE’s summer term is 12 weeks (instead of 14); due to the shortened time period, OPIE classes are held daily and lab and socio-cultural offerings may be more limited than in Fall and Spring terms.

To learn more about our program, click on the following links:

Letter from the Director
Student Handbook


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