Intensive English Program

Information about the Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a non-credit program designed to help people improve their ability to communicate in English for academic, business or professional purposes. The IEP has levels to meet the needs of all students, from beginner to advanced. The courses cover a wide range of topics, including conversation, writing and Canadian culture. Descriptions of the courses can be found at the bottom of the page.

The program runs for twelve weeks plus a week of orientation & placement testing before the program begins. The start dates are as follows:

  • Winter 2018: Monday, January 8 – Friday, April 6, 2018
  • Spring 2018: Monday, May 7 – Friday, August 3, 2018
  • Fall 2018: Tuesday, September 4 – Monday, December 3, 2018

Additional information about the program can be accessed by clicking on the links below.

Admission Requirements

1. be 18 years of age or older by the program starting date unless a guardian is living nearby
2. have a visitor permit (if intending to study for less than six months)
3. 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: Choose One

Option 1

First, complete the Intensive English Program Application web form online and click the submit button at the bottom of the page.

Option 2Print out the Intensive English Program Application (PDF), complete it, 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 3Print out the Intensive English Program Application (PDF), complete it, and fax the application  to (709) 864-8282.

Program Fees

International Student Program Fee$3500
Recreation Fee$60
Medical Insurance~$207
Student Service Fee$50
Campus Renewal Fee$100
TOTAL (excluding textbooks)$3917 CAD

A $400 deposit on tuition must be received four weeks before the semester starts. Program fees are subject to change without notice. There is an application fee of $150 for all applicants to Memorial University of Newfoundland's English as a Second Language programs.

As of fall semester 2018, IEP students will need to buy their textbooks from the bookstore. Textbooks will not be covered under the cost of tuition.


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.



Student residence: 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.

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

Homestay: Homestay may be available during some parts of the year. Please email for more information.



IEP Courses - Winter 2018

Levels: All - Students will learn to read a variety of types of text. Depending on the level, students will be asked to complete a range of tasks, including skimming, identifying, understanding, analyzing and synthesizing. Students will also be asked to produce pieces of writing that are based on or that respond to what they have read.

Levels: 1, 2, 3 (Grammar & Vocabulary) & 4, 5, 6 (Grammar) - Students will receive instruction on a range of grammar topics. In the lower levels, this will involve topics such as the basics of sentence structure and verb tense, while students in the higher levels will be focused on subjects such as creating complex sentences and using passive and modals appropriately in formal situations. Levels 1-3 also have a vocabulary component attached to their class, in which students will learn words that are common and useful to a language learner.

Levels: All - In this course, students will learn English through the lens of Canadian culture. Students will be taught about famous landmarks, historic and recent events, and Canadian traditions. During discussions, presentations, and other activities, students will acquire various language skills. There are four modules of the course, which are done by level. They are Life in Canada (Levels 1-3), Newfoundland & Labrador Culture (Level 4), Exploring Canada (Level 5), Current Events in the Canadian Context (Level 6).

Levels: All - In this course, students will learn skills in that will help them effectively listen and respond during conversation. Students will practice these skills during specially-crafted conversation activities. Some classes will also incorporate guest lecturers and other authentic oral activities.

Level: 6 - This course is an introduction to research methods. Students will learn how to begin researching a topic in the library and will work towards writing a small-scale group paper based on the articles that were found. At the end of the semester, students will make a presentation that cohesively synthesizes their research. There will also be a focus on academic discussion in practical, communicative activities.

Levels: 1, 2 (Study Hall) & 3 (Academic Review) - This student-centred course is a place for students to work on their assignments and get one-on-one help from a qualified instructor. 

Levels: 4, 5, 6 (in class and online) - This is a hybrid classroom-online course where students learn a selection of words every week and learn how to use thse words in authenic language situations. The selection of words becomes more advanced as the levels increase. 


English as a Second Language

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000