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

  • Course of study comprising English for Academic Purposes (EAP), TOEFL/IELTS-related skills, and American culture.
  • Concentrated work on reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation, giving presentations, and study skills.
  • Native English speaking instructors with extensive ESL teaching experience and related qualifications.
  • Average maximum class size of 10 students, with as much diversity of student background as possible in each class.
  • Receipt of the official SMU IEP Certificate upon successful completion of all program requirements for each 12-week level (view general course requirements on the Term Calendar).
  • Conditional admission available for Undergraduate study, Graduate Lyle Engineering, the Law School LL.M Program, and The Cox School of Business' Master of Science Programs.
  • Full F-1/J-1 visa support provided (a minimum of one to two months should be allowed for processing applications and shipping the I-20/DS-2019 to the home country); see details in the IEP Orientation.
    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 also submit the form and fee online.
    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 package available only during the six-week Summer Term of the IEP; apartment complexes near SMU are connected by the free DART SMU Express shuttle service.
  • Housing: SMU has no homestay or other such program for long-term residence with a family!
  • Super Shuttle operates an airport pickup service and has special group rates for SMU students (see more information about DFW Airport Pick-Up ServicesSMU offers no personal airport pick-up service at this time!
  • Use of on-campus athletic center and parking facilities available at extra charge.
  • Free SMU e-mail account plus access to Internet, campus library, and ESL self-study materials.
  • Periodic cultural and social activities, including optional Conversation Buddy.
  • $5.00 one-time fee for DART Transit GoPass, which provides unlimited access to all Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) buses, trains, and light rail services.

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

Application Fee (non SMU-affiliated students only) $50.00
Tuition and Fees (includes all books, supplies, and materials)
Summer Term Tuition
(6 weeks, 6/28/17 to 8/11/17)
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).

Summer Term Health Insurance
(6 weeks, 7/5/17 to 9/8/17)
Optional Services
On-Campus Housing and Meals
(Double Rooms; Including Three Meals Per Day)
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: We do not accept students younger than 18 years of age.

Download the Summer 2017 IEP Application, fill in the necessary forms, and mail or e-mail the completed application to the address on the first page of the form.

For more information or questions about the Summer IEP, please send an e-mail to iep@smu.edu.

Please view the Grading Policy, Attendance Policy, Withdrawal/Cancellation Policy, and Dismissal Policy before applying.

NEW Deadline: Out-of-country visa applications can no longer be accepted for the Summer IEP; however, in-country applications (transfer students and those not requiring an F-1 student visa) can still be accepted until Friday, June 16, 2017!