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

**Please note: the Intensive English Program will be offered remotely in Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 due to COVID-19**

* The CanTEST is cancelled until further notice. The CanTEST will be offered again in the semester in which Memorial University resumes in-classroom instruction.*

Due to the nature of online courses, we will not be offering Friday and CanTEST Workshops in Spring 2020 to allow students to have more time to complete the online IEP and IBP coursework. IELTS workshops will go ahead.

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 (offered remotely)
  • Fall 2020: Tuesday, September 8 – Friday, December 4, 2020 (offered remotely)

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 $62.16b
 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. All of the above fees must be in your student account at the cashier’s office by the discount deadline.

b The Recreation fee will not be charged in Spring 2020.

Application Fees

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.

Confirmation Deposit

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 only refundable in the event of the following:

  • study permit refusal

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

Program Withdrawal Deadlines

  • If you withdraw less than one month before the program start date, you will receive a full reversal of fees (minus the $600 deposit).
  • If you drop within the first two weeks of the program start date, you will receive a 75% reversal of your tuition (minus the $600 deposit).
  • If you drop after the first two weeks of the program start date, you will not be eligible for a reversal of fees.

Withdrawal procedure
If you would like to withdraw from the Intensive English Program, please contact the ESL Financial Officer to request a drop form. Once you complete the form, it will need the ESL Director/Associate Director’s signature.

Please note:

All refunds are the responsibility of the Cashier's Office. The Cashier's Office will respond to your questions regarding your refund. Click here to get in contact with the Cashier's Office. If you are required to pay a deposit towards your first year of tuition for your visa application, you must include your full tuition and other mandatory fees in your estimate. Fees may change without notice.



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 - Spring 2020

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