5 Week English Language Summer School

Please note that this page is for the 2017 English Language Summer School. For summer program offerings for 2018, please contact esl@mun.ca.



The English Summer Institute at Memorial University is a 5- week program created to meet the needs of English language learners who are interested in the marine environment and related industries. It consists of English language classes and workshops, hands-on classroom instruction and field trips in marine related fields, in addition to other fun filled activities. The goal of the program is to help students develop a better appreciation of the coastal, ocean and maritime sectors while enhancing their language skills and practical experience.

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Program Overview

The 2017 English Summer Institute runs from Monday, July 3rd to Friday, August 4th. Students should plan to arrive on campus by July 2nd at the latest.

There are three portions of the program:

English as a Second Language

The language portion of the program (15 hours per week) will be delivered at the St. John’s Campus of Memorial University. It focuses on strengthening students’ skills in reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Students will have access to a multimedia computer lab, the university libraries, and other university facilities during their studies.

MI Ocean Summer Institute

The Marine Institute portion of the program (9 hours per week) will be delivered at the Marine Institute Campus of Memorial University. Students will ‌explore ocean and marine related topics and practices, such as aquaculture, coastal resource development and management, voyage planning and execution, maritime communication, ROV pilotage, ocean mapping techniques and ocean observation devices.

Outside the classroom

In addition to attending classes, students will have many opportunities to visit local historic/scenic sites and to participate in evening social activities.

Admission Requirements

1. have at least a low-intermediate level of English
2. be 19 years of age or older by the program starting date unless a guardian is living nearby
3. have a visitor permit (if not a Canadian resident)

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 & Program Fees

Complete the English Summer Insititute 2017 application form and submit it to Marine Institute (sonia.ho@mi.mun.ca). The deadline for applications is April 12, 2017.

Program fees are $3700 CDN. A non-refundable deposit of $400 is due by May 5, 2017. Further details concerning payment will be included in your acceptance letter.

The cost of meals is not included in program fees. Students living in Burton's Pond Apartments are free to buy groceries and prepare their own meals in the apartment kitchens. Pots, pans, and dishes are all supplied.


Students who choose to live on the university campus will be housed in Burton's Pond Apartments. These furnished apartments each have four private bedrooms with a shared kitchen, living room and washroom, and are just a short walk from academic buildings and the campus tunnel and skywalk system. Located on Burton's Pond, a beautiful duck pond in the middle of the residences, these apartments are only a short walk from downtown St. John's and the picturesque St. John's Harbour. For more information on and pictures of Burton's Pond Apartments, including a video tour, please visit their website.


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