Music and English Intensive Program (MEIP)

2018 Sessions

  • Summer: July 9–August 17 (Students should plan on arriving on campus on July 7)
  • Fall: September 10–December 21

About the Program

The Music and English Intensive Program (MEIP) is an English as a Second Language (ESL) program for performing artists. This program is only available to students provisionally admitted to Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

MEIP is offered as a six-week session in the summer and as a 15-week session in the fall. Students are normally placed in the summer program and continue into the fall should they require further training in English. If at the end of the summer session, students demonstrate the necessary proficiency in English, the Board of Admissions will review student progress on a case-by-case basis for fall matriculation.

Program Offerings


ESL courses cover the four major skill areas in the English language: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Grammar is included in all areas. These classes give students opportunities to communicate in English, and Berklee's experienced ESL teachers provide ample support throughout the program. Homework, reading, and class activities in MEIP will be related to music, giving students the vocabulary and knowledge needed to communicate effectively in English about music. ESL classes meet for 18 hours each week.

Performing Arts

MEIP allows students to continue their artistic study while improving their English language skills. The program details for the College and Conservatory are as follows:

  • Boston Conservatory at Berklee applicants will have five (5) one-hour lessons with a Conservatory private teacher and participate in other artistic and academic experiences. These experiences vary by session but may include chamber music, master classes, workshops, improvisation, and the Alexander Technique.

  • Berklee College of Music applicants will have five (5) thirty-minute lessons and, for the first five weeks of the program, an ensemble and a lab.

Campus Life

All students will be able to participate in a variety of activities at Berklee and in the greater Boston area.

Tuition and Fees

Expense type Cost for summer 2018*
Tuition $4,500
Housing and meals $4,500**
Medical insurance (estimate) $300
Books (estimate) $200
Incidental expenses (estimate) $500
Total estimated cost $10,000

*Fall 2018 tuition and fees to be determined.

**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.

In order to confirm your seat in MEIP, a $500 tuition deposit is due by May 1, 2018. You will receive an email with more information about submitting your deposit.

If you have received a scholarship award as part of your provisional acceptance packet, this scholarship cannot be applied to MEIP, but will instead go into effect if you fully matriculate into a degree program.


On-campus housing in a Berklee residence hall is available during the summer MEIP sessions only. Please be advised that space is limited. There is no on-campus housing available for MEIP students during the fall session.

Students living on campus must purchase a meal plan.

If students would like to live in an off-campus apartment, they must make their own housing arrangements and they will have to sign their own apartment contract or lease.


All students from outside the United States who plan to attend Berklee College of Music or Boston Conservatory at Berklee as a full-time student will first need to complete a Form I-20 in order to apply for an F-1 student visa at the U.S. embassy/consulate that serves their area. Please visit the Berklee Admissions visa page for more information on completing this process.