In this present work, the effect of non-resonant, mono-chromatic intense laser field (ILF) on the linear and nonlinear optical properties of a semi-exponential quantum well (SEQW) is investigated theoretically within the effective-mass and envelope wave function approach. The bound subband energy levels and their envelope wave functions of the structure are calculated by using the diagonalization method. The optical properties of the system are obtained by using the compact-density matrix approach. The obtained numerical results show that the applied ILF and structure parameters have a significant impact on the optical properties of these structures, such as the linear, third-order nonlinear and total absorption coefficients and relative refractive index changes. Furthermore, from the findings of this study, it has been concluded that the linear and nonlinear optical properties in a SEQW under the ILF can be tuned by changing structure parameters, such as the effective range and depth of the system.