Thank you for looking at our program. St. Mary’s University is a stimulating environment to learn and San Antonio is an enjoyable place to live. We have a strong community and you are welcome here!
The goal of the St. Mary’s University Intensive English Program is to bring our international students into our community and help them prepare for succeeding in their university careers. One of the most important ways we do this is by welcoming new students from anywhere into our community. Students feel welcome by their peers and by their teachers at St. Mary’s. We do this from the beginning when students arrive here.
|Session||Application Deadline||Placement Testing and Orientation||First Day of Class and Tuition Due||Last Day of Class||IEP Final / Exit Program||No Class|
|Fall 2020||Monday, July 20||M-F, Aug. 10-14||Monday, Aug. 17||Friday, Nov. 20||M-F, Nov. 16-20||Labor Day (Sept. 7)|
|Spring 2021||Monday, Nov. 2||M-F, Jan. 11-15||Tuesday, Jan. 19||Friday, May 7||M-F, May 3-7||Feb. 15-16, March 8, April 2, April 16|
|Summer 2021||Monday, April 5||M-F, May 17-21||Monday, May 24||Friday, July 9||M-F, July 5-9||TBA|
|*Dates are subject to change at any time. *Placement testing and orientation is required of all students.* Application deadlines are for students who need an F-1 visa. Students already in the U.S. who have an eligible visa to enroll in the program (e.g., F-1 transfer students, permanent residents, F-2, A-2, L-2) must apply no later than a week ahead of each session’s orientation date.|
International students are welcome and included on our campus and have access to all the on-campus services and amenities like the health service, the library, intramurals, on-campus clubs, and campus housing and campus dining.
|Tuition||Fall 2020||Fall 2020/Spring 2021||Summer 2021|
|Full-time tuition (4 classes)||$4,820||$9,640||$2,570|
|Part-time tuition (3 classes)||$3,615||$7,230||$1,930|
|Part-time tuition (2 classes)||$2,410||$2,420||$1,285|
|Part-time tuition (1 class)||$1,205||$2,410||$645|
|Student services fees||Fall 2020||Fall 2020/Spring 2021||Summer 2021|
|Full-time and 3 classes||$360||$720||$180|
|2 and 1 classes||$185||$370||$90|
|Insurance||Fall 2020||Fall 2020/Spring 2021||Summer 2021|
|All students (part-time or full-time)||$1,168||$2,336||$396|
|ID Card Replacement||Cost|
|All students (new card or replacement)||$10|
- Total tuition and fees are due for each semester/term
- Costs for room and board can be found in “Housing and Meals Cost”
- Health insurance is mandatory
- Tuition and fees can change without notice
|Tuition and fees for academic year||$10,560|
|Living expenses for academic year||$12,890|
Tuition and Mandatory Fees
All costs are per semester.
- $2,925.00-$4,180.00 (determined by which dormitory you are placed in)
|Rattler All-Access 5||Unlimited meals 5 days a week, Sunday-Saturday||$1,988.00 (includes $300 Dining Dollars*)|
|Rattler All-Access 7||Unlimited meals 7 days a week||$2,265.00 (includes $250 Dining Dollars*)|
*Dining dollars can be used at any of the on-campus restaurants (Subway, Chick-Fil-A, etc.)
The costs for housing, meals, tuition, student services feed, any mandatory fees (including lab fees), as well as insurance costs are subject to change every year as published and approved.
Housing and Meal Costs
On top of offering quality general English language instruction to master English language skills, students in our program learn other skills that they need to be successful university students as well as successful after university. Some of the skills learned include: English for day-to-day living needs, resume writing and how to prepare for job interviews, computer literacy, researching, note-taking, academic as well as everyday vocabulary, cultural literacy, and presenting to name a few.
Our program complements the St. Mary’s University mission by creating opportunities for diverse cultures to come together and interact. We believe communication is the most important method of understanding other people and learning new things.
Classes are small and personalized. These classes have 15 students or fewer for better instruction for our students. Individual tutoring help is also available. For prospective students, our IEP is an option for those international students who do not have the required TOEFL scores necessary for admission to St. Mary’s or other institutions of higher education where English is the primary language of instruction. We can help you!
How does it work?
- Before classes begin, the IEP staff will test students to determine which level best fits their needs.
- The Intensive English Program at St. Mary’s has four levels: Foundations 1, Foundations 2, Core 1, and Core 2.
- Each level has 18 to 24 hours of coursework per week and students are expected to spend a minimum of 8-12 hours studying outside of class per week for homework.
- Our program offers classes that are appropriate and engaging for each level.
Focuses on helping students refine their English fundamental skills along with Survival English (English you need for everyday living)
Foundations 2 and Core 1
Students have classes that utilize their English skills for content classes, such as U.S. Cultures, Sustainability, and Employment Preparation.
Students focus completely on academic English and become not only fluent speakers, but also successful students ready for the challenges of U.S. university classes and their lives after university. They also take part in a real St. Mary’s class to learn what is necessary to be a successful university student.
- At the end of Core 2, a Certificate of Completion and a Letter of Completion will be awarded to students who successfully complete all of their courses from where they start through Core 2.
- These certificates and letters are awarded to students who successfully complete all courses for Foundations 1, Foundations 2, Core 1, and Core 2 – or from the level where students are placed into through Core 2 (no partial levels will be counted) to receive the certificate and letter of completion.
- “Successful completion” means finishing all the classes from where students are placed (all four classes) keeping all grades at 70% or higher and good attendance to all classes.
- At the end of the highest level, you will be properly prepared to go to university at St. Mary’s University.
Our grading system follows St. Mary’s policy:
- 90-100 A = passing
- 80-89 B = passing
- 70-79 C = passing
- 60-69 D = not passing
- Below 60 F = not passing