About the Program

Our Mission

The Intensive English Program complements the St. Mary’s University mission by creating opportunities for improved communications between peoples from different societies and cultures. Communication is the cornerstone of understanding, and understanding is essential for leadership. The Intensive English Program supports international students by honing their oral and literate communication skills so that they will be successful in future academic and professional endeavors.

Program Description

The Intensive English Program at St. Mary’s has five levels: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4, and University Preparation. Each level has 14 to 20 hours of coursework. Our instructors offer three times of courses:

  • listening and speaking
  • reading and writing
  • grammar

In addition, University Preparation courses may also offer the following: IELTS/TOEFL/GRE classes, academic presentation skills, and advanced academic writing. The program is rigorous. All students are expected to spend at least one hour per week doing homework for each class. Full-time students (F1 visa) are expected to attend all courses within their level. Part-time students (F2 visa) may select the courses that best meet their needs and interests.

Before classes begin, the IEP staff will assess students to determine which level best fits their needs. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to participants who successfully complete Level 4 and/or University Preparation.

Classes are small and personalized. Individual tutoring help is also available. For prospective students, the IEP curriculum prepares students for college-level programs; hence, the IEP is an option for those international students who do not have the required TOEFL/IELTS scores necessary for admission to St. Mary’s or other institutions of higher education where English is the primary language of instruction. Learn more about the Pathways Program for these students.

Why IEP at St. Mary’s?

San Antonio, the seventh largest city in the United States, is rich with history and entertainment. You will be encouraged to practice your English speaking skills on various outings around the city. The world famous San Antonio Riverwalk, The Alamo, Fiesta Texas, Sea World, Tower of Americas, and the San Antonio Zoo are just a few of the many sights of interest in San Antonio. Learn more by visiting the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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. St. 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.

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.