Music and English Intensive Program (MEIP)

2018 Session Dates

  • Summer: July 9–August 17 (Students should plan to arrive on campus on July 7.)

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. Students enrolled in MEIP are evaluated at the end of the summer session to determine if they demonstrate the necessary English proficiency to enroll in a degree program for the fall semester beginning in September. Students requiring further training in English at the end of the summer session will have the option to continue MEIP for a 15-week session in the fall.


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. The program details for the College and Conservatory are as follows:

  • Conservatory applicants will have five one-hour lessons (summer session) 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.

  • College applicants in the summer will have five 30-minute lessons

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*
Tuition $4,500
Housing and meals $4,500**
Medical insurance (estimate) $300
Books (estimate) $200
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.

**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 during the fall semester.

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 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.

MEIP Translated

View MEIP requirements in your language:
Chinese Traditional | Chinese Simplified | JapaneseKorean