12 Week Intensive English Program


The Intensive English Program (IEP) at Memorial University of Newfoundland is a multi-skill program for students preparing for full-time university studies conducted in English, or who wish to improve their English communication skills for business or professional purposes. The program is designed for students from the low-intermediate to advanced levels and who are 18 years or older.

Students may apply for provisional admission to Memorial at the same time as they apply for this program. Successful completion of the Intensive English Program together with an acceptable score on the test of English language proficiency given at the end of the program may allow students to finalize their admission to a university program at Memorial University.

The 25 hours per week program includes 15 hours of classes in academic reading, writing, and listening, and 10 hours of speaking and listening, including presentation skills.

In addition to the classroom component, students will take part in various social or cultural activities during the semester. The types of activities will vary based on the season. Previous semesters have included field trips to museums, curling (a popular winter game in Canada), and pumpkin carving.

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Admission Requirements

1. have a low-intermediate level of English
2. be 18 years of age or older by the program starting date unless a guardian is living nearby
3. have a visitor permit (if intending to study for less than six months)
4. arrange for a Canadian student visa or study permit (if intending to study more than six months)

Because study permits cannot be obtained in Canada after arriving as a visitor, it is recommended that students obtain a study permit in case they decide to continue their studies past six months.

How to Apply

Option 1 Complete the 12 Week ESL Program Application web form online and click the submit button at the bottom of the page.
Option 2 Print out the 12 Week ESL Program Application (PDF), complete it in and send it by regular mail to English as a Second Language Programs, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL, Canada, A1C 5S7.
Option 3 Print out the 12 Week ESL Program Application (PDF), complete it in and fax to (709) 864-8282.

Program Fees

International Student Program Fee $3,500
Application Fee $150
Recreation Fee $58
Medical Insurance ~$207

Admission is not guaranteed. A $400 deposit on tuition must be received four weeks before the semester starts. If a student cannot be accepted into the ESL program for any reason, the application fee and the deposit will be refunded. Only if the ESL program cannot accept the student will the deposit be refunded.

Being admitted to this program does not apply admittance to other programs at the university. If a student wishes to be accepted into the university itself or into specific university programs, please notify the English as a Second Language Office before arriving.

Fees may change without notice. A student who withdraws during the first two weeks of the program will receive a 75% refund of tuition. No other refunds can be made after that time.


There are several options for housing while in St. John's. Not all are available every semester. For more information on accommodation options, visit the main page for MUN's student residences.

If you are considering living off-campus, MUN also has an Off-Campus Housing Office to assist you.

Note that the MUN ESL Office no longer offers a Homestay program.