Is there a placement test before the classes begin?

Yes, on the first day of orientation you will take a placement test to determine your level in the program.

What training/background do ELP teachers have?

ELP instructors use teaching methods that encourage students to use English for real situations outside of the classroom. They have completed coursework at the graduate level in TESOL, and some have received PhDs and other graduate degrees such as MBAs.

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ELP instructors frequently conduct research, write textbooks, publish articles, present papers or workshops at conferences, and serve as officers in local and national professional organizations. Several ELP members also hold appointments at the Graduate School of Education of the University of Pennsylvania, where they teach courses in the TESOL masters and PhD programs and serve on dissertation committees.

All full time faculty and staff have biographical information posted on our website at:

I would like to take an academic credit course.  What options are available to international students?

The University of Pennsylvania has several options for international students to study through the College of Liberal and Professional Studies. Options include Summer Sessions and semester or academic year-long guest student programs. For information, click here.