Are you planning to attend undergraduate studies?

Would you like to improve your language skills and be better prepared for your studies?

MELD is for you

Are you in or planning to start a graduate or professional program?

Would you like to communicate in a more sophisticated way and build your professional skills?

MERGE is for you

MELD success rate 93%


What our students say about MELD

“I appreciate how the MELD program helped me to improve in eight months. In addition to English language improvement, MELD helps international students to build confidence. For example, the MELD passport system, cultural activities and mentorship, are set up to help international students to get involved in campus life and to build confidence for their future studies with native speakers. I would like to say that the MELD program not only helps international students to develop English language skills, but it is also a superb program that helps international students to succeed in university. I appreciate everything that I experienced in the MELD grogram.”
– Hui (Frank), MELD graduate 2017

“I’m glad that I chose to study in the MELD program - this was one of the best decisions I’ve made. With the help from all my professors, classmates and all the people from MELD, I have made great progress in many aspects. The writing, presentation skills and large vocabulary that I learned from last year played a crucial role in my academic reports, poster presentations, lecture notes. At the same time, I made a lot of friends from this program, and got a lot of help. Special thanks to Dr. Moro and Professor Colliver, they gave me many tips for the school life and my future development, and treated me as a friend. The year I spent in MELD is precious and memorable, and helped me to cope with a stressful school life. Thanks MELD!”
– Esther, MELD graduate 2016

“I am so glad that I took the MELD program as my first year of university, because it means much more than a language program - for me it is the best transition between high school and university. I was not just learning English but also getting involved in university. I also met a lot of awesome professors and great people. I met most of my friends in MELD and we have now become very good friends. So I feel like MELD is a very great beginning for university studies.”
– Lee, MELD graduate 2016

McMaster University

  • Ranked one of the Top 100 universities in the world (Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking of World Universities; Times Higher Education World University Rankings)
  • Recognized as Canada’s most research-intensive university in the 2017 Research Infosource rankings
  • The “McMaster-Model” – a student-centred, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning
  • Only North American host site of a United Nations University: The Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH)


“As I recall, I found that MELD program an indispensable process for me to go through – it filled the gap between high school and university. We are able to learn many things to avoid panic as freshmen. In fact, it is a process of preparation. To be prepared to continue.”
– Nora, MELD graduate 2016

“The MELD program helped me a lot in improving my English skills. First of all, I would not be able to study at McMaster without the MELD program. About the year in MELD program, instead of saying how much I improved my English, I want to emphasize the life it brought to me. The majority of students in the MELD program have poor English skills, so this year for us is like a “transition year”. On the one hand it could help us to improve our English skills and get used to university life at the same time; on the other hand we could make more friends here and take part in many workshops to practice our speaking. I am so proud that I was a MELD student, and it would be my pleasure to help out with the program in any way. If you need any help, let me know”
– Eric, MELD graduate 2016

“I made many new friends, not only in the MELD program, but also with students from my future major. I met them because of my mentor, and they are really helpful. I feel that I can learn a lot from them.” MELD graduate 2016 “I feel prepared for the program I am going into next year because I have already taken courses at McMaster University. I already know the lifestyle and the academic culture of the university.”
– MELD graduate 2016

“I’m ready now after spending 8 months in MELD. I have learned how to be academically successful, how to write an essay, etc. I feel excited about the program I am going into.”
MELD graduate 2016

“With the help of the MELD program…my English skills have improved. MELD has also helped me to be more confident to share my ideas with native speakers, and I am more comfortable doing group work.” MELD graduate 2016 “During the past 8 months in the MELD program, my English has improved a lot, and I can express my ideas much more clearly…I feel prepared for my undergraduate studies.”
MELD graduate 2016

“After one year in the MELD program, I feel prepared for next year. MELD teachers are really hard-working - they have taught me lots of things, not only how to study like a university student, but they also taught me a lot about university culture.”
– MELD graduate 2016

Hamilton: The Waterfall Capital of the World

Hamilton is the home of McMaster University and is the ninth largest city in Canada with a population of 520,000 people. It is located on the shores of Lake Ontario, one of the Great Lakes, with over 7,000 acres of parkland. Notable recreational areas include the Bruce Trail that runs the length of the Niagara Escarpment, the Royal Botanical Gardens which is a mixture of trails, natural areas and magnificent cultivated gardens and over 100 beautiful waterfalls ranging in size and shape. Hamilton is also recognized for its flourishing local arts community and cultural festivals and events.


Program Director, Dr. A. Moro,
Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Languages

Program Administrator, Ms C. Huelgas

McMaster University MELD Program

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