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English Language Immersion

Intensive English Language Program

Students walking by Gasson Hall

Program Description

This three-week program for international and non-native English speakers provides high school students (15 years of age and older) with a chance to live and study at Boston College.  Students will have the opportunity to improve their English language skills with an emphasis on writing, reading, and speaking.  Through this cultural immersion experience, students will better understand navigate social and academic settings, work in groups, and make new friends from around the world.

Admissions Criteria

Upon admission, students who participate in the English Language Institute program should be able to understand and participate in clearly articulated and presented social and academic conversations and follow narrated presentations. Students should also be able to understand several pages of English texts and compose essays of a few paragraphs in English.

Students’ should submit documentation that supports their abilities to perform at the levels defined above. This may include grades from English courses taken as part of primary school or participation in other formal English language programs.

If the application does not provide formal documentation of any English language ability, we may ask for the TOEFL scores. Typically students with this level of English familiarity will score between a 45 – 65 on the TOEFL iBT test.

A variety of social and extracurricular events are planned for afternoons and evenings in addition to weekend excursions.  Afternoon programs may also include community service opportunities as well as seminars related to the college search process and life on a college campus.  Weekend excursions may include trips to museums, the aquarium, Six Flags Great America theme park, beach trips, and more.

Course Number and Name: ADEN 09501 English Language Immersion

Faculty: Katherine Faircloth


A Day in the Life...

8:30 am - Breakfast

10:00 am - Morning Class

12:00 pm - Lunch and social time

1:30 pm - Afternoon Class 

3:30 pm - Afternoon Seminar - The College Essay

5:30 pm - Dinner

7:00 pm - Time to study or head to the Plex to work out or play games/movies in the dorm

Program Dates: June 23 - July 13, 2018

Eligibility: Students at least 15 years of age

Application Requirements can be found here.

Application Deadlines for 2018:

February 15

March 15

April 15

May 15

Program Costs

Click here to learn how to apply


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