English as a Second Language

Summer Intensive English Program

Summer 2013 IEP GroupThe overall goal of the six-week 120-hour Summer Intensive English Program (IEP) is to prepare students for academic success at the university level. Enrollment in the program is open to students and professionals outside of the University community preparing for future studies in higher education in the U.S., and appropriate immigration status is required to apply for the program.

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.

The Curriculum

The curriculum includes two classes: Core Class (Academic Skills) 2-1/2 hours per day, and Communication Skills 1-1/2 hours per day, making a total of four class hours per day. Classes are held five days a week, Monday through Friday, for a total of 20 hours per week.  IEP classes will be held according to one of the following two timetables, including breaks:  8:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. (morning schedule); 1:00 p.m.-5:20 p.m. (afternoon schedule). Applicants accepted into the program are given a placement test during the first week and are placed into one of the following levels: upper beginning, lower intermediate, intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced, and upper advanced.

Length of I-20: F-1 visa students must apply for a minimum one-year I-20 unless they intend to leave the U.S. after completing the six-week Summer Term.

All program-related activities are conducted on SMU's University Park Campus (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. (visit the SMU Police Department website), as well as the safest private school in all of Texas regarding campus safety preparedness.

Summer 17 IEP
Summer 2017 IEP

The SMU Summer Intensive English Program