Intensive English Program (IEP)

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.

One of the oldest IEPs in the United States

Our Mission

The mission of the Intensive English Program (IEP) is to provide the highest quality of English-language instruction to speakers of other languages in order to meet their personal, academic, or professional goals. Intensive instructions in listening and speaking skills, vocabulary development, reading, writing, and grammar for both general and academic English is offered through a communicative, content-based approach. The IEP provides opportunities for students to experience US culture in the context of their expanding cross-cultural perspectives. The IEP is committed to academic excellence, intercultural understanding, and attention to individual student needs and interests.



Individual students: We offer intermediate to low-advanced courses as well as customized programs for lower-level students throughout the year. If you are interested in a customized program, please contact us so that we can design the best program for your needs.

Group programs: We welcome groups of students to any of our IEP sessions at any of five levels: high-beginner, low-intermediate, intermediate, high-intermediate, and low-advanced. Group programs can also be customized to your students’ needs: academic study only or academic study & cultural excursions. Programs can be designed for 3 weeks or longer.

Summer programs: Spend a summer learning English in beautiful Vermont!

Session length: Each level in the IEP typically requires two 8-week sessions (16 weeks or one semester), but students may complete a level in just one session.

Classes are small, usually 5 to 15 students per class. The program includes about 23.5 classroom hours/week plus extracurricular activities.

Click the link below for a description of the IEP curriculum.

IEP Curriculum

Faculty and Instructors are highly experienced instructors with advanced degrees in Linguistics or TESOL.

Five levels of study

Academic Description

Core subjects include reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, and pronunciation.

Included with program are tutors, conversation partners, extracurricular activities, cultural activities, academic advising, volunteer opportunities

Special Topics Classes include content- based topics (American Culture through Film, Sustainability and the Environment, The Global Economy, US Culture & History) or a skills-based focus, such as Vocabulary & Idioms, Conversation & Vocabulary, Grammar Hospital, and Pronunciation).

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

Level 1

Beginner The learner is able to read, understand, write, and speak words and phrases, has had some grammar instruction but does not know how to apply it for communication.

Level 2

Low-Intermediate The learner is able to read and understand short passages, use basic grammatical structures, demonstrate ways to learn new vocabulary, write sentences related to daily life and experience, interact in a classroom environment, and take notes in prepared charts.

Level 3

Intermediate The learner is able to read and understand longer passages, use more complex grammatical structures, demonstrate ways to learn new vocabulary, write descriptions, narrations and communications related to daily life and experience, interact in a formal classroom environment, understand short listening passages, take notes in prepared charts and use these notes in tasks.

Level 4

High-Intermediate The learner is able to read and understand passages about practical and relevant situations, use appropriate grammatical structures, demonstrate ways to learn new vocabulary, write moderately complex academic descriptions, narrations, and communications in well-organized format, interact in a formal classroom environment, share information in a structured classroom setting, understand longer listening passages, take notes and use these notes in demanding tasks.

Level 5 / AEP Prep

Low-Advanced The learner is able to read and understand academic texts, use complex grammatical structures, demonstrate ways to learn new vocabulary, plan and write for a variety of academic tasks in a well-organized format using advanced discourse signals and incorporating the ideas of others without plagiarizing, interact in a formal classroom environment, share information in a structured classroom setting, understand longer listening passages, take notes and use these notes in demanding tasks including paraphrasing, synthesizing, and summarizing information without plagiarism.

This level transitions the student from ESL to academic content classrooms with the following subjects and courses

  • An introductory academic content course where students will gain experience studying academic subjects just as they would in a US-American classroom, thus bridging the ESL and academic content classrooms.
  • The skill-building courses below build on the content course’s subject matter.
    • Core (reading/vocabulary, writing/grammar)
    • Oral Skills (listening, speaking/pronunciation)

Minimum score for admission: TOEFL iBT: 52 (5.0 on IELTS, TOEFL ITP 470). Students must be assessed in Academic Writing upon arrival

Students earn 6 academic credits for a full summer semester (11 weeks)

 

Level 1

Beginner The learner is able to read, understand, write, and speak words and phrases, has had some grammar instruction but does not know how to apply it for communication.

Level 2

Low-Intermediate The learner is able to read and understand short passages, use basic grammatical structures, demonstrate ways to learn new vocabulary, write sentences related to daily life and experience, interact in a classroom environment, and take notes in prepared charts.

Level 3

Intermediate The learner is able to read and understand longer passages, use more complex grammatical structures, demonstrate ways to learn new vocabulary, write descriptions, narrations and communications related to daily life and experience, interact in a formal classroom environment, understand short listening passages, take notes in prepared charts and use these notes in tasks.

Level 4

High-Intermediate The learner is able to read and understand passages about practical and relevant situations, use appropriate grammatical structures, demonstrate ways to learn new vocabulary, write moderately complex academic descriptions, narrations, and communications in well-organized format, interact in a formal classroom environment, share information in a structured classroom setting, understand longer listening passages, take notes and use these notes in demanding tasks.

Level 5 / AEP Prep

Low-Advanced The learner is able to read and understand academic texts, use complex grammatical structures, demonstrate ways to learn new vocabulary, plan and write for a variety of academic tasks in a well-organized format using advanced discourse signals and incorporating the ideas of others without plagiarizing, interact in a formal classroom environment, share information in a structured classroom setting, understand longer listening passages, take notes and use these notes in demanding tasks including paraphrasing, synthesizing, and summarizing information without plagiarism.

This level transitions the student from ESL to academic content classrooms with the following subjects and courses

  • An introductory academic content course where students will gain experience studying academic subjects just as they would in a US-American classroom, thus bridging the ESL and academic content classrooms.
  • The skill-building courses below build on the content course’s subject matter.
    • Core (reading/vocabulary, writing/grammar)
    • Oral Skills (listening, speaking/pronunciation)

Minimum score for admission: TOEFL iBT: 52 (5.0 on IELTS, TOEFL ITP 470). Students must be assessed in Academic Writing upon arrival

Students earn 6 academic credits for a full summer semester (11 weeks)

 

Live like a university student

Accommodations, Meals, and Campus Life

IEP students up to 23 years old are housed in premium housing, where they experience university life Residence Hall 4 at Saint Michael's Collegein 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 in private rooms or apartments, or in local hotels. Limited on-campus housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis for students older than 23.

Full access to all university facilities including the library, technology, and sports facilities is included. IEP students are welcome to participate in all 40 university clubs and all activities that are available to undergraduate students.

More Information

  • 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

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.

Spring 2020
ArrivalClasses StartLast DaySession LengthTuitionRoom & BoardTotal
January 18January 20March 138 weeks$4,330$3,305$7,635
January 18January 20May 1516 weeks$8,660$6,615$15,275
March 21March 23May 158 weeks$4,330$3,305$7,635
Spring Break: March 14-March 22
Summer 2020
ArrivalClasses StartLast DaySession LengthTuitionRoom & BoardTotal
May 16May 18August 712 weeks$6,540$5,400$11,940
May 16May 18June 266 weeks$3,270$2,770$5,970
June 27June 29August 76 weeks$3,270$2,770$5,970
June 27June 29July 173 weeks$2,130$1,755$3,885
July 18July 20August 73 weeks$2,130$1,755$3,885
Fall 2020
ArrivalClasses StartLast DaySession LengthTuitionRoom & BoardTotal
New Student Orientation: August 24-28 (planned)
August 23*August 31December 1816 weeks$8,875$6,940$15,815
August 23*August 31October 238 weeks$4,440$3,470$7,910
October 24October 26December 188 weeks$4,440$3,470$7,.910
*Arrival dates for start of fall semester are subject to change by 1-2 days. Please contact
ApplyELP@smcvt.edu before purchasing airplane tickets.
Spring 2021
ArrivalClasses StartLast DaySession LengthTuitionRoom & BoardTotal
January 18January 20May 1516 weeks$8,875$6,940$15,815
January 18January 20March 138 weeks$4,440$3,305$7,910
March 21March 23May 158 weeks$4,440$3,305$7,910
Spring Break: March 14-March 22


The IEP is accredited by CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation).

We are also members of the UCIEP (University and College Intensive English Programs).