Intensive English Program

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.

Important Dates

Fall 2016
Testing and Orientation: Aug. 8
First Day of Class: Aug. 10
Last Day of Class: Nov. 18


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.

About the IEP Program

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 types of courses: listening and speaking, reading and writing and 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.

Pathway Program

St. Mary’s University offers students who meet all University admission requirements except for the English level requirement a pathway to admission as an undergraduate student or to select graduate programs. The Pathway Program allows students to receive conditional acceptance and progress into an academic degree-seeking program without having to retake an official TOEFL or IELTS exam.

There are two options for students seeking to enter our Pathway Program.

Option 1

Apply directly to the Office of Admission for acceptance as an undergraduate or graduate student. Students who meet all admission requirements except for the 6.0 IELTS score (or equivalent) will be eligible for conditional acceptance through the St. Mary’s Pathway Program.

Students will then be enrolled in the Intensive English Program and once they complete it successfully, can begin their academic study at St. Mary’s University.


Option 2

Students first apply to the Intensive English Program. Once on campus, IEP students may apply for admission to one of our degree programs, with our staff providing application and documentation advising and support.

Students who meet all requirements for admission except for the required 6.0 IELTS score (or equivalent) will be accepted into the St. Mary’s Pathway Program. Once they successfully complete the program, they can begin their academic study at St. Mary’s University.

What is “successful completion”?

For undergraduate students, successful completion of the Pathway Program requires:

  • More than 90 percent attendance for all IEP courses
  • A grade of B or better in all IEP courses
  • Appropriate score on institutional version of IELTS or other recognized English proficiency exam.
  • In addition, students who progress into an undergraduate course of study must enroll in EN6301 during their first semester as a degree-seeking student.

For graduate students, successful completion of the Pathway Program requires:

  • More than 95 percent attendance for all IEP courses
  • A grade of B+ or better in all IEP courses
  • Successful interview with program director or adviser
  • Appropriate score on institutional version of IELTS or other recognized English proficiency exam,
  • A review of a sample academic writing assignment at the same level expected for their intended degree program
  • In addition, students who progress into a graduate course of study must enroll in EN6301 during their first semester as a degree-seeking student.

For more information regarding our Pathway Program, please contact the Center for International Programs or the Intensive English Program.


IEP Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees
Fall 2016
Tuition (Full-time) $3,200
Tuition (Part-time) $1,700
Student Activity Fee (Full-time) $310
Student Activity Fee (Part-time) $155
Health Insurance N/A*
Books and Supplies Included in tuition

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

Additional information

Housing and meal fees
Payment policy


Contact

Alfredo Varela, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for International Programs
210-431-5091
intensive_english@stmarytx.edu

Intensive English Program Coordinator
210-436-2205
intensive_english@stmarytx.edu

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