Intensive English Program

Founded in 1954, our program is the second oldest in the United States
 

Designed for students who wish to improve their English skills in a university setting, many 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. Upon arrival, the English proficiency of each student is assessed in order to provide appropriate instruction. View the IEP mission statement.


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Five (5) Program Levels are available. Each level is typically requires two sessions (16 weeks or one semester), but students may complete a level in just one session.

Classes are small, usually 6 to 15 students per class. The program includes about 23.5 classroom hours/week plus extracurricular activities.

Students live in university residence halls with native speakers of English and other international students.

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.

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

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.

Accommodations & Meals

IEP students up to 23 years-old are housed in Global Experience 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 23.

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 23 years-old are housed in Global Experience 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 23.

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. 

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).

Requirements

  • Must be 17 or older during academic year (16 or older for summer session if living off-campus, or on-campus with a chaperone as a member of a group)
  • No TOEFL/IELTS score required for admission
  • Copy of Passport
  • Financial Certification

Student Handbook

A current edition of the Student Handbook can be downloaded.

For Information About...

  • Applying only for the IEP, contact Ms. Tina Cioffi,+1.802.654.2301, ApplyELP@smcvt.edu  
  • Conditional Admission to the Undergraduate Degree Program beginning with English language preparation, contact+1.802.654.3000, ApplySMC@smcvt.edu

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