A Group of Students and Staff from the Fall 2013 IEP
The Office of University Curriculum/GEC offers a year-long Intensive English Program (IEP). The overall goal of the course of study 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. Please note that students transferring from another program in the U.S. must first have received conditional admission for academic study from a school of SMU before they can be accepted into the IEP!
Applicants accepted into the program are given an English language proficiency test during the first week of each term and are placed into one of the following levels: upper beginning, lower intermediate, intermediate, upper intermediate, advanced, and upper advanced. Each level can be completed during a twelve-week term of study (total 240 classroom hours), and students may join the program at the beginning of any one of the four available terms. Student visa applicants must apply for a minimum one-year I-20, and joint May Term/Summer Term enrollment is recommended. Please note that we do not accept students younger than 18 years of age.
The curriculum is divided into two main components: 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; class hours are slightly longer in the May and Summer Terms. Classes are held five days a week, Monday through Friday, for a total of 20 hours per week. During the Fall and Spring Terms, classes are held at various times during the day depending on the level; most May Term and Summer Term classes are held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., including breaks. All program-related activities are conducted on SMU's lovely Main Campus (maps and directions) in University Park located within the large, modern city of Dallas TX, with some classes held in the historic Dallas Hall. In a 2008 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.
Features of the SMU Intensive English Program:
Please note that deadlines for application are not set in advance of each term since the amount of time required for visa processing varies greatly from country to country. No out-of-country visa applications can be accepted one month before the start date of a term, and no applications of any kind can be accepted after a term begins!
2014-2015 Dates and Costs:
Application fee (required once per academic year) – $50.00
Tuition and fees: (includes all books
Fall Term (12 weeks, 9/10/14 to 12/5/14) – $3,300.00
Spring Term (12 weeks, 1/14/15 to 4/17/15, with one-week spring break) – $3,300.00
May Term (6 weeks, 5/13/15 to 6/26/15) – $1,850.00
Summer Term (6 weeks, 6/30/15 to 8/14/15) – $1,850.00
(charged each fall and spring term to all students enrolled at SMU on a student visa) – $50.00
Term Health Insurance:
Fall Term (12 weeks, 9/10/14 to 1/13/15) – $775.00
Spring Term (12 weeks, 1/14/15 to 5/12/15, including one-week break) – $730.00
May Term (6 weeks, 5/13/15 to 6/29/15) – $297.00
Summer Term (6 weeks,6/30/15 to 9/9/15) – $427.00
Download the 2014-2015 IEP APPLICATION PACKAGE, fill in the necessary forms,
and fax, mail, or e-mail the completed application to the address on the first page of the form.
If you have any questions or require further information,
please send an e-mail to
Mr. John E. Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org.