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.

Students in the IEP will receive the following:

  • 23 hours of English language intensive study
  • 15+ hours of test preparation for IELTS and CanTEST
  • Weekly guest speakers/lecturers from the university and the community
  • Friday workshops that focus on the development of practical skills
  • Accelerated level advancement for faster admission into university!
  • Cultural events and activities

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

  • Winter 2020: Tuesday, January 7 – Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Spring 2020: Monday, May 4 – Friday, July 31, 2020
  • Fall 2020: Tuesday, September 8 – Friday, December 4, 2020

Please see our program calendar for a list of holidays that will occur during the semester. There will be no classes on these days. These dates are subject to change.

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

 Intensive English Program Tuition (includes $600 deposit) $4700a
 Recreation Fee $62.16
 Medical Insurance $206.84
 Student Service Fee $50.00
 Campus Renewal Fee $100.02
 TOTAL (excluding textbooks) $5119.02 CAD 
 TOTAL (excluding textbooks) IF PAID BY THE DEADLINE  $4919.02 CAD 

a Your acceptance letter states an early bird tuition discount of $200 if your full payment is paid by the deadline, which is one month before the first day of classes; full payment includes all fees on the chart above, not just the ESL tuition

A confirmation deposit of $600 is required. It is to be paid a month in advance to hold your place in the program. The confirmation deposit is credited towards your program fee if you fully enrol. The confirmation deposit is only refundable in the event of a visa application refusal.

If you are required to pay a deposit towards your first year of tuition for your visa application, you must include your full program fees and other mandatory fees in your estimate.

Program fees are subject to change without notice. There is a non-refundable application fee of $150 for all applicants to Memorial University of Newfoundland's English as a Second Language Programs at the St. John's campus. The application fee can be paid through Global Pay. Instructions on how to use Global Pay will be provided after you submit your application.

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 - Fall 2019

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.

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. 

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) and Current Events in the Canadian Context (Level 6).

In this course, students will learn skills that will help them more effectively comprehend what they hear in a variety of settings, many of which being in the context of academic-style speaking. Students will also learn strategies that will help them take sufficiently-detailed notes in an efficient manner.

Students will learn a variety of level-appropriate words and how to properly use those words in discourse. In some levels, an online component is offered alongside the in-class instruction.


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