Many universities and colleges in the United States offer intensive
English language study for foreign students.
Whether you want to study at a rural, suburban, or urban campus
-- there's bound to be a program suited for your needs.
These ESL programs tend to be academically oriented, but they
also feature "everyday English" and conversational techniques
as part of the curriculum.
A major advantage of a college- or university-based program is
its connection to the institution of higher learning. It's simply
a great way to prepare to study in the United States. It also
gives you the chance to see an US campus up close.
Students who just want to improve their English language skills
-- and not continue their studies here -- will also find a program
to suit their needs.
Full-time students in an intensive English program have the same
privileges as any other student. They can use the libraries, physical
fitness centers, cafeterias and versatile social activities that
most colleges and universities offer.
In addition, there is a great possibility of meeting American
students on campus. Some schools even allow ESL students to register
for regular classes when they have reached a sufficiently high
There are also a number of resources that might be difficult
to find in other programs. For example, The American Language
Program of Columbia
University offers intensive three-week summer programs in
English for business or law purposes.
In addition to English language study on business or law issues,
these courses include guest lectures by professors of the university's
schools of business and law.
Picking a program can be confusing and time consuming. For more
for institutions that are members of the consortium of University
and College Intensive English Program (UCIEP).
To be a member of UCIEP, a program must be administered by an accredited
college or university and must follow UCIEP guidelines. This includes
all aspects of the program, from general program content to testing
and placement to faculty.
They must follow accepted professional standards and faculty
members must hold at least an advanced degree or certificate in
the Teaching of English as a Second (or Foreign) Language, applied
linguistics or a related field, as well as have prior ESL/EFL