Please note that this page is for the 2017 English Language Summer School. For information on our 2018 summer program offerings, please visit http://www.mun.ca/esl/programs/communication-and-culture-summer.php.



The English Language Summer School (ELSS) at Memorial University in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, is a 5-week intensive English as a second language immersion for students aged 19 years of age or older. It covers reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English. Classes are offered from the low-intermediate to advanced levels. Students live in residence on a modern university campus, which is a 20-minute walk from downtown St. John's.

Program Overview

The 2017 ELSS program runs from Monday, July 3rd to Friday, August 5th. Students should plan to arrive on campus by July 2nd at the latest.

The program includes:

  • 15 hours per week of classroom instruction
  • 3 hours per week of conversation/pronunciation/listening workshops 
  • 4 to 6 hours of cultural workshops and group activities
  • weekly visits to local historic and scenic sites
  • evening and weekend social activities

Average class size: 15 (limit 20)

5 Week Photos

Additional Program Information

In order to increase the learning potential for students in the ELSS program, all students must sign a pledge promising to use only English during the program (excluding correspondence with family members).

Students who wish to have a conversation partner for extra one-to-one practice will be matched with a student from Memorial University, subject to availability. This is a wonderful opportunity to make new friends!

Students will get to experience Newfoundland through guided excursions, including whale watching, tours of historic sites, and walks through wildflife parks. Additionally, students will attend workshops on a variety of cultural activities, including Newfoundland music, art, and dance. Students will also produce their choice of a video, music, newsletter or other type of media. Examples of student projects from last year can be found on the ELSS Project Page

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

Option 1Complete the 5 Week ELSS Application web form online and click the submit button at the bottom of the page.
Option 2Print out the 5 Week ELSS 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 3Print out the 5 Week ELSS Program Application (.PDF), complete it in and fax to (709) 864-8282.

Program Fees (for International Students)

 Living On CampusLiving Off Campus
Application Fee$150$150
Health See ISA for health plan options
TOTAL$2750 CAD$1950 CAD

Admission is not guaranteed. If a student cannot be accepted into the ESL program for any reason, the application fee will be refunded. Only if the ESL program cannot accept the student will the application fee be refunded.

Fees may change without notice. Program fees must be paid by the first day of classes. 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.

Health insurance is required for international students. Please contact the ISA to determine your health insurance options.

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.

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.



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