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Music and English Intensive Program (MEIP)

The Music and English Intensive Program (MEIP) is an English as a second language (ESL) program for performing artists. You can improve your English and study with Boston Conservatory teachers at the same time! Whether you are planning to study at a Conservatory in the U.S. and need to improve your TOEFL score, or just want to keep up with your artistic 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 U.S., 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.

Performing Arts: MEIP lets you continue your artistic study while you learn English. You will have weekly lessons with a Boston Conservatory teacher and participate in other artistic and academic experiences. These experiences vary by session but may include: chamber music, masterclasses, workshops, improvisation, Alexander Technique and others.


MEIP is open to all students who have completed their secondary (high school) studies, have a strong interest in performing arts (students must provide their own instruments as appropriate) 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 2015–2016

Summer Session 1: May 18–June 26

Summer Session 2: July 6–August 14

Fall Session 1: September 7–October 16

Fall Session 2: October 26–December 9

Spring Session 1: February 1–March 11

Spring Session 2: March 21–April 29

Choosing Sessions

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 the U.S. require a considerable amount of academic writing, with significant research, especially at the master's level.

If you applied for a degree/diploma program for fall 2015 and earned a TOEFL iBT score of 55 or higher, you are invited to join the summer 2 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 2015.

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 strongly encourage you to come to both summer sessions in hopes of qualifying to begin your degree in fall 2015, but depending on your current level of English, you may still need additional language study beyond the summer sessions in order to qualify for the master's or bachelor's programs. The MEIP program director can help you make a realistic plan for your studies.


On-campus housing in a Boston Conservatory dormitory is available during the summer MEIP sessions 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
Medical Insurance: $250 (estimated)
On-Campus Housing & Meals (summer only): $3,925

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

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


All international students must have a proper visa to study in the U.S. 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: $3,925*
Medical Insurance: $350
Incidental Expenses: $500
Total estimated cost: $8,975

* Based on estimated 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 U.S. 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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