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Music and English Intensive Program (MEIP)


The MEIP is an ESL program for musicians. You can improve your English and study music with Boston Conservatory teachers at the same time! Whether you are planning to study at a Conservatory or School of Music in the US and need to improve your TOEFL score, or just want to keep up with your music study while learning English intensively, this program is ideal for you!

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Program Description

MEIP is offered in 6-week sessions throughout the year.  Students can choose to attend one or more sessions according to their needs.  If you are planning to enroll in a degree program in the United States, you should discuss your needs with the program director to ensure that you receive the amount of English training that you need to succeed in a US academic setting.

ESL: Intensive courses cover all of the four major skill areas in the English language – speaking, listening, reading, and writing – with grammar included in all areas. Our classes will give you many chances to communicate in English and our experienced teachers will give you a lot of support along the way. Your homework, reading and class activities in MEIP will also be related to music, giving you the vocabulary and knowledge needed to communicate effectively in English about your art. ESL classes meet for 18 hours/week.

Music: MEIP lets you continue your study of music while you learn English. You will have weekly lessons with a Boston Conservatory teacher and participate in other music experiences. These experiences vary by session but may include: chamber music, master classes, large ensemble (advanced students only), improvisation workshops, Alexander Technique, and others.


MEIP is open to all students who have completed their secondary (high school) studies, have a strong interest in music (students must provide their own instruments), and seek to improve their English proficiency. We recommend that students already have basic abilities in English so that they can conduct basic tasks and understand instructions from their teachers.

Program Dates for 2014-2015

Summer Session: July 7 – August 15

Fall Session 1: September 8 – October 17

Fall Session 2: October 27 -- December 10

Spring Session 1: February 2 – March 13

Spring Session 2: March 23 -- May 1

Choosing Sessions

As the old saying goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day."  Learning a language takes time, especially for students planning to study for a degree in a foreign language.  Think carefully about your objectives and how English will help you meet your goals.  The MEIP program director can help you choose the appropriate amount of time to focus on developing English skills to help you meet your goal.  Remember that bachelor's and master's programs in music in the United States require a considerable amount of academic writing, with significant research and writing, especially at the master's level.

If you applied for a degree/diploma program for Fall 2014 and earned a TOEFL iBT score of 55 or higher, you are invited to join the Summer MEIP Session. At the end of the 6-week program, you will take a test to see if you qualify to begin your degree/diploma program in Fall 2014.

If you applied for a degree/diploma program and your TOEFL score was below 55, we expect that you will need to attend MEIP for at least two consecutive sessions before you can qualify to begin your degree/diploma program. You will also need to take a test at the end of the MEIP semester and earn a passing score. We welcome – and encourage – you to come to the summer session, as well, but you will still be expected to enroll in MEIP during the fall semester before beginning your studies at The Conservatory.


On-campus housing in a Boston Conservatory dormitory is available during the Summer MEIP session only. There is no on-campus housing available for MEIP students during fall or spring sessions. Students living on campus must purchase a meal plan. If you want to live in an off-campus apartment, you will need to make your own housing arrangements. We will give you information to help you find a place to live but you will have to decide where you want to live and sign your own contract or lease.

Program Costs

  Per Session
MEIP Tuition and books: $4,200.00
Medical Insurance: $350.00 (estimated)
On-Campus Housing & Meals (summer only): $3,800.00

Academic Credit

MEIP is a non-degree program. There is no transfer of credit from MEIP to a Boston Conservatory degree program.  Enrollment in MEIP also does not guarantee acceptance to a Boston Conservatory degree program.

How to Apply

1. Please download and complete the attached MEIP registration packet (see below).  Return all documents via fax or email.

2. Pay your non-refundable $500 deposit via credit card by going to and clicking on the “Request Account” button to create your personal account. After completing your account set-up, select “Register for Programs” from the menu of options and then click on “MEIP Registration/Deposit” to pay your deposit.


All international students must have a proper visa to study in the United States. The Boston Conservatory can issue the immigration form “I-20” to help students apply for an F1 student visa. To receive an I-20, please provide all of the required documents with your program registration.  Once your file is complete and you have paid your deposit, an I-20 will be issued and sent to you.

MEIP Estimated Expenses for I-20 Purposes

  Per Session
Tuition: $4,200
Housing & Meals: $3,800*
Medical Insurance: $350.00
Incidental Expenses: $500
Total estimated cost: $8,850

* Based on on-campus housing costs. Students living off campus may pay less, but this amount must still be used for the certification of finances for the I-20.

The US government requires that all students applying for an F1 visa pay a $200 fee (called the I-901 or “SEVIS” fee) before scheduling an appointment at the US consulate for their visa interview. When we send your I-20 to you, we will give you more information about paying this fee and applying for an F1 visa.


Please contact Gordon Homann, Director of International Student Services, with any questions. You can reach him by email at or by phone at (617) 912–9154.

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