English as a Second Language

The Intensive English Program (IEP)

NEW! We now offer part-time IEP enrollment for B-2 and F-2 visa holders! Click on the "Apply" tab below to download the NON I-20/F-1 VISA IEP Application.

Prepares for academic success at the university level. Enrollment is open to students and professionals outside of the University community, and appropriate immigration status is required.

Fall 2013 IEP Group

Levels

  • Once accepted, students are given the IEP Placement Test at the beginning of each term and are assigned to one of seven levels (as available): Upper Beginning, Lower Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate, Advanced, Upper Advanced I, Upper Advanced II.
  • One level is completed in twelve weeks:  Fall Term (12 weeks); Spring Term (12 weeks); May Term (6 weeks) + Summer Term (6 weeks).
  • Students can begin IEP study at any term although joint May/Summer Term enrollment strongly recommended.
Length of I-20: F-1 visa students must apply for a minimum one-year I-20 even if they plan to study for a shorter period of time.

Curriculum

  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP), TOEFL/IELTS-related skills, American culture.
  • Core (Academic Skills) Class: Reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, study skills, American Literature.
  • Communication Skills Class: Listening, speaking, pronunciation, oral presentations, American film.
UPDATE for Transfer Students: Students transferring from another program in the U.S. are no longer required to have conditional admission from an academic program of SMU.

Class Schedules

  • Classes are held five days a week, Monday through Friday.
  • Full-time study includes two classes: Core (Academic Skills) Class, 2-1/2 hours per day; plus Communication Skills, 1-1/2 hours per day, making a total of 20 class hours per week.
  • Part-time study consists of only the Core Class, totaling 12-1/2 class hours per week.
  • Morning and afternoon times are available depending on the level (see the current Class Schedule).

All program-related activities are conducted on SMU's University Park Campuses (see maps and directions) located within the large, modern city of Dallas, Texas. In a Reader's Digest survey, SMU scored an "A" and was ranked as the 16th safest college campus in the entire U.S., as well as the safest private school in all of Texas regarding campus safety preparedness.  SMU was ranked the No. 2 most beautiful campus in the entire U.S. in the Princeton Review’s guide “The Best 380 Colleges.”

Further Information

Please carefully read the information in the tabs below regarding program features, term dates, tuition costs, other fees, and the appropriate Application Form plus all other linked documents.  If you still have a question or wish to make an appointment with a program representative, you may send an e-mail to iep@smu.edu.  You may also call our office at (214) 768-1701 but you will get a faster response with e-mail.

Spring 17 IEP
Spring 2017 IEP

The 2017-2018 Intensive English Program

  • Average maximum class size of 10 students.
  • Native English speaker instructors with extensive IEP teaching experience plus related ESL professional qualifications.
  • Official SMU IEP Certificate awarded upon successful completion of all course requirements per 12-week level (see Term Calendar).
  • SEVIS Fee: An I-901 FORM included with new I-20/DS-2019's must be filed along with the appropriate fee before you can receive your visa! Do not send the form to the SMU IEP; you can submit the form and fee online.
  • Conditional Admission available for Undergraduate Study, Graduate Lyle Engineering, Law School LL.M Program, and Cox School of Business Graduate Programs.
  • Full F-1/J-1 visa support – Minimum of one to two months required for processing application and shipping I-20 to student’s home country (see IEP Orientation). 
  • I-20 Processing: U.S. Immigration policy prevents us from being able to scan/e-mail your I-20, nor is SMU's International Center able to e-mail your SEVIS number.
  • On-campus dormitory/meals available ONLY during six-week Summer Term (NOT available during Fall, Spring or May Terms); apartment complexes near SMU connected by free DART SMU Express shuttle service.
  • Housing: SMU has no homestay or other such program for long-term residence with a family!
  • Super Shuttle airport pickup service – Group rates available for SMU students (see DFW Airport Pick-Up Services); SMU offers no personal airport pick-up service at this time!
  • SMU athletic center and parking facilities available at extra charge.
  • SMU e-mail account, on-campus Internet/Wi-Fi, campus library access free of charge.
  • Cultural and social activities including optional Conversation Buddy.
  • DART Transit GoPass provides unlimited access to all Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) buses, trains, and light rail services for just $5.00 one-time fee!

Maximum Costs and Estimated Expenses for One-Year F-1 Visa 
(without dependents)

$30,850.00
Application Fee (required once per academic year) $50.00
Full-time Tuition and Fees (includes all books, supplies, and materials)
Fall Term Tuition - books/supplies/materials included
(12 weeks, 9/13/17 to 12/8/17)
$3,900.00
Spring Term Tuition - books/supplies/materials included
(12 weeks, 1/10/18 to 4/13/18, with one-week spring break)
$3,900.00
May Term Tuition - books/supplies/materials included
(6 weeks, 5/9/18 to 6/22/18) IEP Annual Vacation Policy
$2,200.00
Summer Term Tuition - books/supplies/materials included
(6 weeks, 6/27/18 to 8/10/18)
$2,200.00
International Student Fee (charged each fall and spring term to all F-1/J-1 visa students)
$75.00
SMU Health Insurance (payment is made separately from other IEP costs)

SMU IEP Health Insurance with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas is required for all IEP students with an SMU student visa (if comparable insurance is provided by your government, please submit the Waiver Form).  You may purchase health insurance by submitting the Health Insurance Enrollment Form.

In addition, the SMU Dr. Bob Smith Health Center requires all IEP students to submit the Student Health History Form (please see more information at Health Requirements for All Incoming Students).

Fall Term Health Insurance
(12 weeks, 9/9/17 to 1/9/18)
$918.00
Spring Term Health Insurance
(12 weeks, 1/10/18 to 5/8/18, including one-week break)
$888.00
May Term Health Insurance
(6 weeks, 5/9/18 to 6/25/18)
$358.00
Summer Term Health Insurance
(6 weeks, 6/26/18 to 9/8/18)
$559.00
Payments: Payments are made one term at a time at the beginning of each term during the registration period via the IEP Payment Methods.
Application Fee (required once per academic year) $50.00
Part-time Tuition and Fees (includes all books, supplies, and materials)
Fall Term Tuition - books/supplies/materials included
(12 weeks, 9/13/17 to 12/8/17)
$2,450.00
Spring Term Tuition - books/supplies/materials included
(12 weeks, 1/10/18 to 4/13/18, with one-week spring break)
$2,450.00
May Term Tuition - books/supplies/materials included
(6 weeks, 5/9/18 to 6/22/18) IEP Annual Vacation Policy
$1,400.00
Summer Term Tuition - books/supplies/materials included
(6 weeks, 6/27/18 to 8/10/18)
$1,400.00
SMU Health Insurance is not required for PART-TIME students.
Payments: Payments are made one term at a time at the beginning of each term during the registration period via the IEP Payment Methods.
Minimum Age Limit: Students younger than 18 years of age are not normally eligible to apply.

If you are applying for an I-20/F-1 student visa:
Please download the 2017-2018 IEP Application package, fill in the necessary forms, and mail or e-mail all required documents to the address on the first page of the form.

If you are not applying for an I-20/F-1 student visa:
Please submit the 2017-2018 NON I-20/F-1 VISA IEP Application form along with any required documents.

Please review the IEP Grading Policy, Attendance Policy, Withdrawal/Cancellation Policy, and Dismissal Policy before submitting your application.

UPDATED Deadlines: IEP applications for out-of-country I-20 students can no longer be guaranteed admission for Spring 2018; however, applications for in-country I-20 transfers and non-I-20 students will be accepted until Thursday, December 21, 2017. Any applications submitted after this time will be wait listed based on availability.