Music and English Intensive Program (MEIP)

2019 Session Dates

  • Spring 2019: January 22May 10
  • Summer 2019: July 8August 16 (Students should plan to arrive on campus July 6 for check-in.)

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.


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. MEIP students will get 14 one-hour private lessons.

Campus Life

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

Summer Tuition and Fees

Expense type COST*
Tuition $4,500
Housing and meals $4,500**
Medical insurance (estimate) $350
Books (estimate) $150
Incidental expenses (estimate) $500
Total estimated cost $10,000

*Costs apply to the summer session only. For students who continue with MEIP after the summer, costs for the fall semester are the same as the cost of the Berklee Diploma Program.

**These are 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. There is no on-campus housing available for students who continue with MEIP in the fall semester.

In order to confirm your seat in MEIP, a $500 tuition deposit is due. 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 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.

Summer Check-In Schedule

MEIP check-in for summer 2019 takes place on Saturday, July 6, 2019. All students should plan to arrive in time for check-in.

Time Activity Location
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Program Check-In
All students must check-in for MEIP.
To be announced
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Student IDs
Pick up your student ID; inform staff you are from MEIP.
To be announced
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Housing Check-In
Students who are living on campus must check in to their residence.
To be announced
1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
International Student Orientation
All students must attend this session to learn about immigration regulations.
To be announced
6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m
Kickoff Carnival
Join us for a larger-than-life carnival, and meet other students.
To be announced
7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Opening Night Jam Sessions
Join us for Opening Night Jams for the opportunity to play with fellow students. Choose the room with your preferred style: jazz, pop-rock, funk/fusion, or performing songwriters.
To be announced
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