Music and English Intensive Program (MEIP)

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2019–2020 Session Dates

  • Spring 2020: January 21–May 8
  • Summer 2020: July 6–August 14

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 a 15-week session in both spring (incoming Berklee College of Music students only) and fall. Students enrolled in MEIP are evaluated at the end of the session to determine if they demonstrate the necessary English proficiency to enroll in a degree or diploma program for the next semester. Students requiring further training in English at the end of the initial MEIP session will have the option to continue MEIP in the next term.

Provisional acceptance to Berklee is only valid for up to one year. If a student cannot matriculate within one academic year of their original intended start term, their provisional acceptance expires, and they must reapply and reaudition for future terms.

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

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 the performing arts, giving students the vocabulary and knowledge needed to communicate effectively in English about their area of study. ESL classes meet for 18 hours each week.

Performing Arts

MEIP allows students to continue their artistic study while improving their English language skills. In the summer, Boston Conservatory at Berklee MEIP students will receive 6 private lessons and Berklee College of Music MEIP students will receive 5 private lessons. Spring and fall MEIP students will all receive 14 private lessons.

Campus Life

Every semester, students are invited to join informal jam sessions hosted by a Berklee music faculty member where they can practice their instument and improvisation skills. Students are also invited to social and cultural events, both on-campus and off-campus, led by a Berklee English faculty member. These events are only open to students in the MEIP program.

In addition, all students will be able to participate in a variety of activities at Berklee and in the Greater Boston area.


On-campus housing in a Berklee residence hall is guaranteed during the summer MEIP session only. Please be advised that space is limited. 

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 the College or Conservatory as full-time students in either MEIP or a fully matriculated degree program will first need to request 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.

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