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English Language + Academic Preparation

Whatever your goal, Saint Michael's has a program for every level of English language proficiency.

Intensive English Program

  • One of the oldest English-language programs in the USA
  • Located in beautiful Vermont USA

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is for students who wish to improve their English skills in a university setting. Many IEP students intend to study at the undergraduate or graduate level when their English improves. Others come for short-term language training as individuals or in groups. Saint Michael's assesses each student's level, strengths and weaknesses and provides appropriate instruction. View the IEP mission statement for more information.

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Five (5) Program Levels from Beginner to Advanced. Placement tests are given upon arrival and throughout the program to determine which level is appropriate for the student. Each session typically requires two sessions (16 weeks), though some students in the upper levels may complete a level in just one session.

Classes are Small, usually 6 to 15 students per class. The programs include about 23.5 classroom hours/week plus extracurricular activities. Download the IEP curriculum for more information.

Faculty and Instructors are highly experienced instructors with advanced degrees in Linguistics or TESOL. Click here to learn about them.

Costs & Calendars

Eight-week sessions are available throughout the year (August-July). Shorter sessions are available during the summer (May to August). Students may stay for as many sessions as they wish. Click here for Costs and Start Dates

Core Subjects include Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar, Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation.

Included with Program are Tutors, Conversation Partners, Extra Curricular Activities, Cultural Activities, Academic Advising, Volunteer Opportunities

Special Classes offered include TOEFL Preparation, Advanced Conversation, US Culture & History, Vocabulary & Idioms, and Current Events.

Upon Completion, students receive a certificate for their work during the program. Those who complete 16 or more weeks of study in the IEP qualify for six credits (the equivalent of 1½ university courses) toward the undergraduate degree program at Saint Michael's College


  • Must be 17 or older during academic year (16 or older for summer session)
  • No TOEFL/IELTS score required for admission
  • Copy of Passport
  • Financial Certification

Conditional Admission to Degree Programs

Students intending to study in an undergraduate or Master's program may apply for conditional admittance prior to or after arriving on campus. If successful they will be considered a Pathway Student.

Accommodations & Meals

IEP students up to about 25 years-old are housed in Ambassador Housing, where they fully experience university life in one of our most modern residence halls. Students have a single room located in a 4-person or 8-person suite that they share with American students. Students also have the option of living off campus on private rooms or apartments, or in local hotels. The Office for International Student Services will assist in this. Limited on-campus housing is available on a first-come, first-served basis for students older than 25.

Campus Life

Full access to all university facilities including the library, technology, and sports facilities is included. IEP students are welcome to participate in all university clubs and all activities that are available to undergraduate students. 

Student Handbook

A current edition of the Student Handbook can be downloaded.

Accreditation and Memberships

The IEP is accredited by CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation). We are also members of AAIEP (American Association of Intensive English Programs) and the UCIEP (University and College Intensive English Programs).

For Information About...

  • Applying only for the IEP, contact Ms. Tina Cioffi,+1-802.654.2657,  
  • Conditional Admission to the Undergraduate Degree Program beginning with English language preparation, contact+1-802.654.3000,

Academic English Program

The Academic English Program (AEP) is the key component of the Pathway Program at Saint Michael’s College. It can also serve as a stand-alone program for students wishing to improve their English. For over 40 years, the AEP has provided students with the skills needed to succeed at university or wherever near native fluency is required.

AEP students take both academic English and academic-content courses, and receive university credit in each of the levels they complete. Upon completion of all three levels, students have enough credits to be considered second-year university students, or “sophomores.”

Students may enter the program at any level and may skip levels depending on their progress. Students who score below the minimum score on their language test will start in the Intensive English Program and transfer to the AEP when they are ready. Each level may be completed in one semester. Sessions are available throughout the year, including most summers.


Three Levels

Academic Bridge (6 academic credits for full semester)

This level transitions the student from ESL to academic content classrooms with the following subjects and courses:

  1. An introductory academic content course where students will gain experience studying academic subjects just as they would in a US-American classroom, thus bridging the ESL and academic content classrooms.
  2. The following skill-building courses will directly relate to the content course’s subject matter:
      • Academic Writing & Grammar
      • Academic Reading & Vocabulary
      • Oral Skills

AEP1 (14 academic credits)

In AEP1, students take three courses in academic English and one undergraduate-level “content” course with non-native and native English-speaking students in the classroom together. The academic English courses support the academic content course.

  1. College Reading & Listening
  2. College Writing & Grammar
  3. Oral Presentation Skills
  4. One undergraduate-level content course. This course is designed and taught by a professor in a specific content area. Native speakers of English and AEP students are in the classroom together.

AEP2 (16 academic credits)

Students in AEP2 take two academic content courses and just two courses in advanced English. Upon successful completion, they are ready to enter the undergraduate degree program.

  1. Advanced College Writing
  2. Introduction to Literature
  3. First content course of the student’s choice*
  4. Second content course of the student’s choice*

*Students may take any courses offered at Saint Michael’s as long as they meet the academic requirements.

Campus Life

AEP students experience Saint Michael’s College as full-fledged university students with access to all university facilities, including the library, technology, and fitness areas. They are welcomed in all university clubs and activities that are available to undergraduate students, and are housed on campus among international and US-American students.

Accommodations are typically in one of St. Mike’s premium residences—Cashman Hall—which houses our “GEAR” Program (Global Experience Academic Residential). GEAR is home to about 60 US-American and 60 international students, living in single rooms within suites of 4 or 8 students. US-American students must apply for the privilege of living in GEAR and demonstrate they are committed to connecting with international students. In most years about twice as many US American students apply for GEAR as are accepted.

Requirements for Admission

  • Language proficiency equivalent to 52 iBT /5.0 IELTS for admission to the AEP
  • Good secondary school record
  • Minimum age is 17 (16 on a case-by-case basis with special permission). Students over 25 must live off-campus

Upon arrival, each student’s writing proficiency will be assessed for placement in the appropriate level using our in-house Academic Writing Assessment (AWA).


Included in Cost of Tuition

  • Orientation
  • English language activities, conversation partners
  • Access to all university facilities and activities
  • Airport transfer upon arrival

  • Academic and Career Counseling
  • Health Insurance and access to college’s Health Center

Included in Room and Board (In addition to the above)

  • 3 meals/day in university dining hall
  • Accommodations
  • Linen and bedding

For Information About...

  • Applying only for the AEP, contact Ms. Tina Cioffi,  
  • Conditional Admission to the Undergraduate Degree Program, contact Ms. Lisa Lagerquist, +1-802.654.3000,

View the AEP mission statement for more information.

Customized Group Programs for English Language Study

Saint Michael's welcomes to its campus groups of students wishing to study Intensive English and other subjects. Programs may take place at any time during the year and can be customized to the wishes of the client or partner.

Customized programs might include English-language study, individualized language assessment, content courses, counseling on university admissions, cultural activities, and special adventures. Students are enrolled as full-time students with classroom hours of 18 to 25 hours each week.

Programs are available for groups of 8 students or more. Accompanying teachers are welcome. Teachers pay no tuition costs and receive discounted rates for housing.

During the summer, groups have a choice of accommodations: in dormitories, in single rooms within suites, or in town-houses with full kitchens. On campus housing for groups is available on a first-come-first-served basis. During the academic year (September-May), groups may live in near-by residential hotels at discounted rates. Full board available for all groups at any time of year.

Also Included in Program

  • Academic Coordinator who works closely with partner to ensure that design and implementation meet all expectations
  • Trained counselors who will supervise students
  • Social and cultural activities throughout beautiful Vermont
  • Health Insurance and on-campus health care
  • Travel to off-campus events and activities
  • Learning materials
  • Certificate of Completion awarded to all students who successfully complete program

For more information about customized group programs please contact:

Mr. Kevin Spensley

Pathway Programs

Students with lower English skills who wish to enter a US university may apply for conditional admittance and enter Saint Michael's Pathway Program. Many will complete their degree in the same amount of time it takes for native English speakers to complete their degree.

Depending on the language level, students will start out in the Intensive or Academic English Program and transfer into their degree program within one or more semesters. Conditional admittance is available for applicants to both undergraduate as well as Master's programs.

Undergraduate Pathway students complete their English preparation while taking content courses and earning university credit. Students who complete three semesters in the Pathway Program will enter the undergraduate program as second-year students. It is possible for a Pathway Student to complete their undergraduate degree in four years, which is the same amount of time it takes native English speakers to receive a Bachelor's Degree.

MATESOL Pathway Program (graduate) students may study in Saint Michael's Intensive or Academic English Program whilst preparing for their TOEFL. Upon obtaining a 79/6.5 or higher in the TOEFL/IELTS, they will be eligible to transfer into their Masters program. Test preparation units are offered to Pathway students.

Undergraduate Pathway Program

ibTOEFL Score is... Student will study in an English Program for...   Time Required to Complete Degree Program TOTAL TIME UNTIL GRADUATION
Below 55 3 semesters (1 Year) or more, depending on ability and... 3 years 4-5 Years
56 - 67T 2 Semesters (8 months) in the Academic English Program
68 - 78 1 Semester (4 months) in the Academic English Program
79 or more The student will be admitted directly into the degree program. 4 years

To Apply for Undergraduate Pathway Program

Required Not Required
  • Transcripts from secondary school
  • TOEFL/IELTS score. Students who do not submit a test score will be enrolled in the Intensive English Program.
  • Must have completed secondary school
  • Copy of Passport
  • Financial Certification
  • Essay/writing sample
  • Recommendation

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For more information about the Undergraduate Pathway Program


The time periods listed are approximate as students improve at different speeds. IELTS is welcome in place of TOEFL.

Graduate MATESOL Pathway Program

ibTOEFL Score... Student will study in an English Program for...   The Degree Program TOTAL TIME UNTIL GRADUATION
IBT below 79 1 or more semesters and... 1-2 years 1-3 years from Arrival to Graduation
79 or above Student will be admitted directly into Master's program

For more information about the MATESOL Pathway Program, please contact

MATESOL Pathway Program

For over 30 years, Saint Michael's MATESOL Pathway Program (formerly Graduate Academic English Program or GAEP) has successfully prepared international students for university level work.  Now, the AEP is also available for graduate students.

The MATESOL Pathway Program (MPP) provides language preparation for students with high-intermediate to advanced English proficiency who are conditionally admitted to the Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) program at Saint Michael's College.

MPP students take two credit-bearing MATESOL courses (GSL), as well as two courses in the Advanced English Program (AEP) to prepare students for their graduate studies. The courses offered are the following:

  1. GSL500 Foundation of Linguistics
  2. GSL542 Introduction to Language Teaching
  3. AEP Advanced College Writing
  4. AEP Introduction to Literature

Upon successful completion of the MPP, you will have a total of six credits (two courses) out of the 36 required to complete the MATESOL program.  The MPP program is one full semester (16 weeks) and is offered in the fall, spring and summer terms.

Successful completion of the MPP is defined (a) as earning a Grade Point Average of at least 3.0/4.0,with no grades lower than C and (b) as satisfying our English-language proficiency requirements.

Requirements for Admission into the MATESOL Pathway Program

  • Conditional admission to the MATESOL program (apply here)
  • TOEFL of 71 iBT (530pBT) or IELTS of 6.0 (with no subtest below 5.5)

Students whose English test scores do not meet this requirement may apply to study in our Intensive English Program.


Limited on-campus housing is available for international graduate students.

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For more information on the MATESOL Pathway Program, please contact

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