Salem State University
Intensive English Language Program

Fast Facts

  • School Size

    Medium

  • Cost of Attendance

    $1,000—$5,000 Semester

  • Affiliation

    Public

  • Type of School

    University/Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender

    Co-ed

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students

    Yes

  • Conditional Admission Available

    No

  • Top Programs

    Business, Computer Science, Intensive English

  • Setting

    City, Suburban

  • Accreditation and Certification

    EnglishUSA Member, NEASC

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment

  • Social Media

ACHIEVE YOUR ACADEMIC AND PROFESSIONAL GOALS THROUGH PERSONALIZED INSTRUCTION AS YOU EXPERIENCE THE TRUE  SPIRIT OF AMERICA AT OUR VIBRANT AND WELCOMING CAMPUS IN THE HISTORIC SEACOAST CITY OF SALEM, MASSACHUSETTS

About Salem State University

Founded in 1854, Salem State university is part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s public higher education system and is proud to be the most diverse state university.

Salem State University is a thriving and caring campus community distinguished by:

  • Academic quality and achievement
  • A student-centered approach to teaching and learning
  • A strong and enduring commitment to diversity and social justice
  • Dedicated faculty, staff and students who strive to do and be their best
  • Over 285 international students from 59 countries
  • Accomplished alumni who are making a difference in their professions, their communities—and the wider world

Excellent Location

SALEM IS A safe, pedestrian-friendly city where students, residents, and over a million tourists, can easily visit historic architecture, unique attractions, world famous museums, and an eclectic mix of shops and dining options.

With easy access to public transportation, adventurous students can go anywhere!

DESTINATION DISTANCE TIME MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
Salem (downtown) 1.5 km 15 minutes University Shuttle Bus
Boston 24 km 30 minutes Commuter Rail
New York City 383 km 3.75 hours Acela Express Train
Philadelphia 550 km 5.25 hours Acela Express Train
Baltimore 682 km 7.75 hours Acela Express Train
Washington D.C. 737 km 7 hours Acela Express Train

Why should you study at Salem State's Intensive English Language Program (IELP)?

accelerate your english language learning by taking our lively and innovative courses that have been strategically aligned to the global scale of english (GSE) standards for academic and professional communication.

  • Access a pathway to 32 undergraduate majors and 24 graduate programs
  • Afford your education through our monthly payment plan option
  • Attend 18 or more hours of class per week from basic to advanced levels, with multiple start dates throughout the year
  • Participate in classes of small groups of diverse learners and receive personalized language instruction tailored to your needs
  • Learn from highly trained English as a Second Language (ESL) specialists with master’s degrees and international experience
  • Enjoy fieldtrips into Boston and surrounding areas
  • Become part of the friendly community of Salem, Massachusetts

Since its establishment in 1993, Salem State University's Intensive English Language Program (IELP) has helped hundreds of students develop their English language abilities to enroll in a wide range of degree programs including: 

  • Business administration
  • Computer science
  • Education
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Healthcare studies

Students in the Intensive English Language Program enjoy access to ABUNDANT student services and activities on campus including:

  • Salem State Berry Library and Learning Commons
  • More than 65 student groups (including International Student Association)
  • 15 varsity sports teams along with intramural sports, and hundreds of student activities scheduled throughout the year
  • Conversation partners and mentors with native speakers
  • International coffee hour
  • Pool, gymnasium and new fitness center
  • Free shuttle service (around campus and to downtown Salem)
  • On-campus medical center
  • Sophia Gordon Center for the Creative and Performing Arts
  • Spiritual life programs

IELP Courses

Core English Curriculum  
  • Oral Communication (basic to advanced)
  • Integrated Reading and Writing (basic to advanced)
Academic Exploration Classes  
  • All about the USA
  • Discover Salem
  • Service Learning
  • Citizen Journalism and Digital Storytelling
  • English for Business Professionals
  • English for Science and Technology
  • English for Healthcare Studies
  • English through Movies
  • English through Music
English Skill Booster Classes  
  • American Pronunciation and Spelling
  • Grammar Power
  • Academic Vocabulary for University Success
  • Visual Vocabulary for Everyday Life
  • Academic Reading Strategies
  • Conversation and Discussion Strategies
Exam Preparation Classes  
  • TOEFL iBT
  • TOEFL ITP
Special Summer Group Programs   From 2-hour workshops to six-week programs, we will collaborate with your department, business, agency, or educational group to develop a customized English language program.

IELP Student-Produced Video

(A student-produced video featured at the 2018 Salem Film Festival showcasing students from our multilevel Let's Talk: Strategies for Fluent Conversation course.) 

IELP Calendar and Costs

SESSION     TUITION AND COURSE MATERIALS ESTIMATED UNIVERSITY FEES TOTAL ESTIMATED COSTS  
Spring Semester                   15 weeks                Jan - May $3,300 $250 $3,550
Summer Session 1 6 weeks May - June $1,675  $100 $1,775
Summer Session 2 6 weeks July - August $1,675 $100 $1,775
Fall Semester 15 weeks September - December $3,300 $250 $3,550

Visit our website for current university fees, health insurance, housing, and meal plan costs.

(salemstate.edu/ielp-costs)


APPLY TODAY! Our online application is free and easy to complete.

(salemstate.edu/ielp-application)


Salem State University
Intensive English Language Program


Sullivan Building, Room 114
352 Lafayette Street
Salem MA 01970
P: 978.542.6351
EnglishUSA Member
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Intensive English Language Program