Intensive English Program

Program Description

The Intensive English Program (IEP: Levels 1-6) is a non-credit program designed to help students 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 high-intermediate/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.

Please note: Students are pre-placed in the appropriate level of the ESL Pathway Programs based on their English proficiency level. To pre-place students, we use our MUN Test of English language (MUNTEL).

What is included in the IEP
  • 23 hours a week of intensive English classes 
  • Crash course on the development of practical skills (only required in IEP levels 4, 5, and 6)
  • Socio-cultural events and activities
  • Accelerated level advancement for faster admission into university
  • Access to our ESL Conversation Partner Program (CPP)
  • Access to Memorial University's student events, services, and resources (including Memorial's Internationalization Office, Career Development, Blundon Centre, Student Experience Office, and more!)
  • Access to our IELTS video workshops series

Program Dates (2020-2021 and 2021-2022)
  • Winter 2021: January 6 - April 2, 2021 (offered remotely)
    Deadline to apply for Winter 2021: November 2, 2020

  • Spring 2021: May 3 – July 30, 2021 (offered remotely)
    Deadline to apply for Spring 2021: 
    March 19, 2021

  • Fall 2021: September 8 – December 3, 2021
    Deadline to apply for Fall 2021:July 9, 2021

  • Winter 2022: January 6, 2022 – April 1, 2021
    Deadline to apply for Winter 2022:October 22, 2021

  • Spring 2022: May 9, 2022 – August 5, 2022
    Deadline to apply for Spring 2022:March 17, 2022

The program runs for 13 weeks (1 week of ESL Orientation + 12 weeks of classes). 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.

Admission Requirements

  1. Be 18 years of age or older by the program start date (unless a guardian is living nearby)

  2. Have a visitor permit (if intending to study for less than six months) OR arrange for a study permit (if intending to study for more than six months). Attention: 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

To apply for our Intensive English Program*:

  1. Complete the Intensive English Program Application web form online and click the submit button at the bottom of the page OR complete the Intensive English Program Application (PDF)  and email it to
    • Click here for instructions on how to Fill and Sign the ESL PDF Application Form.

  2. Pay the CAD $150 ESL application fee. Please submit your payment via Global Pay at the same time as you submit your application form.

  3. Pay the CAD $150 MUNTEL Registration Fee. Please submit your payment via Global Pay at the same time as you submit your application form.

Attention: You need to submit two payments (ESL application fee and MUNTEL Registration Fee) - Total: CAD $300

*If you have previously withdrawn from the ESL Programs, please complete a Readmission Form instead. To find out more about Withdrawals, please consult our ESL Policies.

Program Fees

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Student Residences: 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

Academic Reading and Writing

In Academic Reading and Writing, students will learn to read a variety of text types. 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.

Grammar for Academic Discourse

In Grammar for Academic Discourse, 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. Students in the higher levels will focus on topics such as creating complex sentences and using passive voice and modal verbs appropriately in formal situations.

Listening and Notetaking

In Listening and Notetaking, students will learn skills that will help them more effectively comprehend what they hear in a variety of settings, with particular focus on academic-style speaking. Students will also learn effective note-taking strategies.

Vocabulary for Effective Communication

In Vocabulary for Effective Communication students will learn and refine both academic vocabulary and speaking skills typically used in academic settings. The course will help students to participate confidently in various academic environments through interactive oral discussions incorporating the academic word list, academic register, collocations, pronunciation, and phrase building.

Crash Course

The Crash Course covers topics such as Academic Integrity, Study Skills & Time Management, Idioms & Phrasal Verbs, Academic Speaking Skills, Using Microsoft Word for Documents, Editing, Spontaneous Communication, Media Literacy, Resume Writing, Interview Skills, Pronunciation, Email Etiquette, and more. Please note, the Crash Course is only for Levels 4, 5, and 6 and is not required for Levels 1, 2, and 3).

ESL Student Handbook

Click here to access the ESL Student Handbook.


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