English Language Programs for International Students
The University of Pennsylvania established the English Language Programs (ELP) in the early 1960s to provide courses in English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL) and orientation to life in the United States. Each year, 1,500 students from all over the world come to the ELP. They study English for a wide variety of purposes, including: general English; business English; English for academic preparation; English for professions such as law, architecture, dental medicine, and nursing; and teacher training. In the summer, the ELP has a robust range of program options.
Intensive Programs (IP)
The Intensive Programs (IP) offers year-round courses in intensive English and consists of more than 40 elective courses in 8 levels – beginning to advanced. The IP offers a wide variety of courses for students, scholars, and professionals. Participants can prepare for study at an American university, improve their general English skills, or improve language skills and knowledge of U.S. culture needed for their careers.
Conversation & Culture
Conversation and Culture is a three-week program designed for students who would like to improve their conversational English skills and their knowledge of the United States. Offered in July and in August, the program features 20-25 hours a week of language classes, community interaction practices and cultural field trips.
Summer Institute for International Business Students (SIIBS)
SIIBS is an intensive four-week program for students have either been admitted to an MBA program or who are seriously planning to pursue graduate business study in an English-speaking environment. SIIBS runs once per year during the month of July.
University Connection (UniConn)
The University Connection (UniConn) Program successfully prepares students for the challenges of the application and admissions process, as well as the rigors of academic study at the university level. Students receive extensive one-on-one advising and can customize the program to help them achieve their goals within their timelines.