Intensive English Language Program (IEP)

International student in the Intensive English Language Program at St. Mary's

The Intensive English Language Program (IEP) at St. Mary’s University is designed to provide international participants and other interested people the English language training necessary to learn English in order to prepare them to communicate in an academic and/or professional setting.

In addition to offering quality general English language instruction, St. Mary’s University’s Pathway Program provides prospective participants who do not meet English language requirements for admission to St. Mary’s University an opportunity to develop the level of proficiency needed to study at the post-secondary or graduate levels. Finally, for family members of our international students, the IEP provides an opportunity to develop English language skills during their time in San Antonio.

Why IEP at St. Mary’s?

A photo of the arch in front of St. Mary's UniversitySt. Mary’s University, a private Catholic, Marianist University, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in Texas and the Southwest. A nationally recognized liberal arts institution with a diverse student population of nearly 4,000 of all faiths and backgrounds, St. Mary’s provides an ideal setting for an Intensive English Program.

Located on 135 acres northwest of downtown San Antonio, the campus of St. Mary’s is a comfortable environment for learning but is also convenient for those who want to explore the lively and interesting city. St. Mary’s serves the various communities of San Antonio, the Southwest, the nation and the world through the intellectual, spiritual, moral, and professional leadership of its faculty, administration, staff, and students.

Term Testing and Orientation 1st Day of Class Last Day of Class
Spring 2016 Jan. 7 Jan. 13 April 28
Summer 2016 May 10 May 12 July 1
Fall 2016 Aug. 8 Aug. 10 Nov. 18

Note: We currently offer only one summer session. Please keep in mind because summer sessions are shorter, students must be prepared to do additional work. In July and early August, we do not have regular IEP classes.

Summer 2016 Refund Dates
May 12-16 = 100% refund (tuition and fees)
May 17-18 = 75% refund (no refund on fees)
May 19-20 = 50% refund (no refund on fees)
May 23-24 = 25% refund (no refund on fees)
Starting May 25 = no refunds

Spring 2016 Summer 2016 Fall 2016
Tuition (Full-time) $3,100 $2,600 $3,200
Tuition (Part-time) $1,500 $1,600 $1,700
Student Activity Fee (Full-time) $310 $155 $310
Student Activity Fee (Part-time) $155 $80 $155
Health Insurance $984 N/A*  N/A*
Books and Supplies Included in tuition Included in tuition Included in tuition

*Fees are to be determined. Please check back for updates.

ID (new student and replacement) $5

Fall Semester (effective Aug 2015 - Aug 2016) $120
Spring Semester (effective Jan 2016 - Aug 2016) $80
Summer Term (effective May 2016 - Aug 2016) $40

Contact Us

Alfredo Varela, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for International Programs

Intensive English Program Coordinator