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English Language + Academic Preparation

Whatever your goal, Saint Michael's has a program for every level of English language proficiency.

Intensive English Program

  • One of the oldest English-language programs in the USA
  • Located in beautiful Vermont USA

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is for students who wish to improve their English skills in a university setting. Many IEP students intend to study at the undergraduate or graduate level when their English improves. Others come for short-term language training as individuals or in groups. Saint Michael's assesses each student's level, strengths and weaknesses and provides appropriate instruction. View the IEP mission statement for more information.


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Five (5) Program Levels from Beginner to Advanced. Placement tests are given upon arrival and throughout the program to determine which level is appropriate for the student.

Classes are Small, usually 6 to 15 students per class. The programs include about 24.5 classroom hours/week plus extracurricular activities. Download the IEP curriculum for more information.

Faculty and Instructors are highly experienced instructors with advanced degrees in Linguistics or TESOL. Click here to learn about them.

Costs & Calendars

Eight-week sessions are available throughout the year (August-July). Shorter sessions are available during the summer (May to August). Students may stay for as many sessions as they wish. Click here for Costs and Start Dates

Core Subjects include Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar, Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation.

Included with Program are Tutors, Conversation Partners, Extra Curricular Activities, Cultural Activities, Academic Advising, Volunteer Opportunities

Special Classes offered include TOEFL Preparation, Advanced Conversation, US Culture & History, Vocabulary & Idioms, and Current Events.

Upon Completion, students receive a certificate for their work during the program. Those who complete 16 or more weeks of study in the IEP qualify for six credits (the equivalent of 1½ university courses) toward the undergraduate degree program at Saint Michael's College

Requirements

  • Must be 17 or older during academic year (16 or older for summer session)
  • No TOEFL/IELTS score required for admission
  • Copy of Passport
  • Financial Certification

Conditional Admission to Degree Programs

Students intending to study in an undergraduate or Master's program may apply for conditional admittance prior to or after arriving on campus. If successful they will be considered a Pathway Student.

Accommodations & Meals

IEP students up to about 25 years-old are housed in Ambassador Housing, where they fully experience university life in one of our most modern residence halls. Students have a single room located in a 4-person or 8-person suite that they share with American students. Students also have the option of living off campus on private rooms or apartments, or in local hotels. The Office for International Student Services will assist in this. Limited on-campus housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis for students older than 25.

Campus Life

Full access to all university facilities including the library, technology, and sports facilities is included. IEP students are welcome to participate in all university clubs and all activities that are available to undergraduate students. 

Student Handbook

A current edition of the Student Handbook can be downloaded.

Accreditation and Memberships

The IEP is accredited by CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation). We are also members of AAIEP (American Association of Intensive English Programs) and the UCIEP (University and College Intensive English Programs).

For Information About...

  • Applying only for the IEP, contact Ms. Tina Cioffi,+1-802.654.2657, ApplyELP@smcvt.edu  
  • Conditional Admission to the Undergraduate Degree Program beginning with English language preparation, contact Mr. Jeremy Brown,+1-802.654.3000, ApplySMC@smcvt.edu

Academic English Program

For over 30 years the Academic English Program (AEP) has successfully prepared international students for academic programs at Saint Michael's or other universities in the United States.  View the AEP mission statement for more information.

The AEP provides language and academic skills preparation for students with high-intermediate to advanced language proficiency. Each level requires one full semester (16 weeks) to complete.  Sessions are available throughout the year, including summer.

The AEP includes academic English as well as "content" courses.  Students receive university credit for all of the classes they complete while in the program.

Many students have selected Saint Michael's AEP because upon successful completion they may enter our undergraduate program with nearly a full year of credit.  Transfer of credit to other institutions is also a possibility, but dependent on the receiving institution.

Openings for the AEP are in late August and January, and last for 16 weeks. The summer Academic English Program is offered from May through early August.

The AEP has two levels of study depending on the student's needs and abilities.  Students who score below the minimum score in English must start in the Intensive English Program and transfer to the AEP when they are ready.

Requirements for Admission

  • Level I: TOEFL score of 480 PBT / 55 iBT (IELTS 5.5)
  • Level II: TOEFL score or 520 PBT / 68 iBT (IELTS 6.0)
  • Good secondary school record

*PBT = Paper-Based Test  iBT = Internet-Based Test

Because AEP content courses are writing intensive, all new AEP students will be assessed for writing proficiency upon arrival to confirm appropriate placement.

Level I

Level I AEP students take a total of four courses: two courses in advanced English, one undergraduate-level "content" course, and one academic support course.

  1. College Reading and Writing
  2. Advanced English Grammar
  3. One undergraduate-level content course with academic English support. This "adjunct" course is designed by faculty in ESOL and the relevant subject in close cooperation, so that native speakers of English and ALD students may study and learn together at the university level. Research and experience show that this is a highly effective way of learning for both groups of students. In recent semesters, content course offerings have included the following subjects: Applied Linguistics (Intercultural Communication), Business (Critical Thinking and Communication), Biology (Human Nutrition), Environmental Studies, and Sociology/Anthropology (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology).
  4. English 103. This is an academic support course for ALD students taking the sheltered academic course described above. It helps students to master the course's academic content as well as such skills as taking notes, using the library, studying for examinations and communicating with professors and other students.

Students who successfully complete Level I receive 16 university credits (the equivalent of four undergraduate classes) which will apply to the student's academic degree, and advance to Level II.

Level II

Level II AEP students take two courses in advanced English and two content courses. Upon completion, they are deemed ready to enter the undergraduate degree program.

  1. Advanced College Writing
  2. Introduction to Literature
  3. First content course of the student's choice*
  4. Second content course of the student's choice*

*As content courses, AEP II students typically take classes towards the student's major or the Liberal Studies Requirement. Students who have not yet selected a major may also take an exploratory course in whichever subject they choose. Students may take any courses offered at Saint Michael's for which they have met the academic requirements.

Students who successfully complete Level II receive 16 full university credits (the equivalent of four undergraduate classes), which will apply toward their degree. They will be invited to matriculate into the undergraduate degree program without taking a TOEFL exam. Successful completion of the AEP requires earning cumulative and semester GPAs of 2.0 or higher with no failing grades.

Applying for the AEP

  • Short form application (Writing sample and recommendations are NOT required)
  • Transcripts
  • TOEFL/IELTS test results.
  • Copy of Passport
  • Financial Certification

Students intending to study in an undergraduate degree-program at Saint Michael's may apply for conditional admittance prior to or after arriving on campus. If successful they will be considered a "Pathway Student".

Campus Life

AEP students are housed in Ambassador Housing, which means they get to fully experience university life in one of our most modern residence halls. Students have a single room located in a 4-person or 8-person suite that they share with American students. Full access to all university facilities including the library, technology, and sports facilities is included. AEP students may participate in all university clubs and all activities that are available to undergraduate students.

Student Handbook

A current edition of the Student Handbook can be downloaded.

For Information About...

  • Applying only for the AEP, contact Ms. Tina Cioffi, +1-802.654.2657, ApplyELP@smcvt.edu  
  • Conditional Admission to the Undergraduate Degree Program beginning with English language preparation, contact Mr. Jeremy Brown,+1-802.654.3000, ApplySMC@smcvt.edu

Customized Group Programs for English Language Study

Saint Michael's welcomes to its campus groups of students wishing to study Intensive English and other subjects. Programs may take place at any time during the year and can be customized to the wishes of the client or partner.

Customized programs might include English-language study, individualized language assessment, content courses, counseling on university admissions, cultural activities, and special adventures. Students are enrolled as full-time students with classroom hours of 18 to 25 hours each week.

Programs are available for groups of 8 students or more. Accompanying teachers are welcome. Teachers pay no tuition costs and receive discounted rates for housing.

During the summer, groups have a choice of accommodations: in dormitories, in single rooms within suites, or in town-houses with full kitchens. On campus housing for groups is available on a first-come-first-served basis. During the academic year (September-May), groups may live in near-by residential hotels at discounted rates. Full board available for all groups at any time of year.

Also Included in Program

  • Academic Coordinator who works closely with partner to ensure that design and implementation meet all expectations
  • Trained counselors who will supervise students
  • Social and cultural activities throughout beautiful Vermont
  • Health Insurance and on-campus health care
  • Travel to off-campus events and activities
  • Learning materials
  • Certificate of Completion awarded to all students who successfully complete program

For more information about customized group programs please contact:

Mr. Kevin Spensley
+1-802-654-2000
kspensley@smcvt.edu

Pathway Programs

Students with lower English skills who wish to enter a US university may apply for conditional admittance and enter Saint Michael's Pathway Program. Many will complete their degree in the same amount of time it takes for native English speakers to complete their degree.

Depending on the language level, students will start out in the Intensive or Academic English Program and transfer into their degree program within one or more semesters. Conditional admittance is available for applicants to both undergraduate as well as Master's programs.

Undergraduate Pathway students complete their English preparation while taking content courses and earning university credit. Students who complete three semesters in the Pathway Program will enter the undergraduate program as second-year students. It is possible for a Pathway Student to complete their undergraduate degree in four years, which is the same amount of time it takes native English speakers to receive a Bachelor's Degree.

Graduate (Master's) Pathway students may study in Saint Michael's Intensive or Academic English Program whilst preparing for their TOEFL. Upon obtaining a 79/6.5 or higher in the TOEFL/IELTS, they will be eligible to transfer into their Masters program. Test preparation units are offered to Pathway students.

Undergraduate Pathway Program

ibTOEFL Score is... Student will study in an English Program for...   Time Required to Complete Degree Program TOTAL TIME UNTIL GRADUATION
Below 55 3 semesters (1 Year) or more, depending on ability and... 3 years 4-5 Years
56 - 67T 2 Semesters (8 months) in the Academic English Program
68 - 78 1 Semester (4 months) in the Academic English Program
79 or more The student will be admitted directly into the degree program. 4 years

The time periods listed are approximate as students improve at different speeds. IELTS is welcome in place of TOEFL.

Graduate Pathway Program

ibTOEFL Score... Student will study in an English Program for...   The Degree Program TOTAL TIME UNTIL GRADUATION
IBT below 79 1 or more semesters and... 1-2 years 1-3 years from Arrival to Graduation
79 or above Student will be admitted directly into Master's program

To Apply for Undergraduate Pathway Program

Required Not Required
  • Transcripts from secondary school
  • TOEFL/IELTS score. Students who do not submit a test score will be enrolled in the Intensive English Program.
  • Must have completed secondary school
  • Copy of Passport
  • Financial Certification
  • Essay/writing sample
  • Recommendation

Please Contact

For more information about the Undergraduate Pathway Program

Mr. Jeremy Brown
+1-802-654-3000
ApplySMC@smcvt.edu

Graduate Academic English Program

For over 30 years, Saint Michael's Academic English Program has successfully prepared international students for university level work.  Now, the AEP is also available for graduate students.

The Graduate Academic English Program (GAEP) provides language preparation for students with high-intermediate to advanced English proficiency who are conditionally admitted to the Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) program at Saint Michael's College.

GAEP students take two credit-bearing MATESOL courses, as well as two courses in advanced English, which are designed to prepare students for graduate study.

  1. Practicum I (MATESOL)
  2. Theory & Method (MATESOL)
  3. Advanced College Writing
  4. Introduction to Literature

Upon completion of the GAEP, you will have a total of 6 credits out of the 36 required to complete the MATESOL program.  The program is one full semester (16 weeks) and is offered in the fall, spring and summer terms.  

Successful completion of the GAEP is defined as earning a Grade Point Average of 3.0/4.0 with no grades lower than C and meeting our English-language proficiency requirements. 

Requirements

  • Conditional admission to the MATESOL program (apply here)
  • TOEFL of 68 iBT (520pBT) or IELTS of 6.0 (with no subtest below 5.5)

Students whose English test scores do not meet this requirement may apply to study in our Intensive English Program.

Housing

Limited on-campus housing is available for international graduate students.

Please Contact

For more information on the Graduate Academic English Program, please contact ApplySMC@smcvt.edu.

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