International Edge Summer Pre-College Program

International Edge Program


A college preparation program for international students!

What is it like to be a college student? How do I choose an American university?

These are questions that international students are always very curious about. Choosing a university is a big decision — but choosing a university in another country can be stressful! The International Edge program offers international students the opportunity to try out life at an American university while the students are still in high school.

If you are a high school student that is about to enter the 11th or 12th grade, then you can apply to attend International Edge this summer!


About Delaware

The University of Delaware is considered to be one of the best institutions of higher learning in the USA and is currently ranked #33 among public institutions by the US News and World Report, 2018. The English Language Institute (ELI) is an academic unit of the University of Delaware’s College of Arts and Sciences and has a long tradition of providing high-quality intensive English programs to international students and professionals from around the world.

The location of Delaware is perfect for a short-term stay in the USA! The City of Newark is located 45 minutes from Philadelphia, 2 hours from New York City, and 2 hours from Washington, DC.




Students must meet the following admissions requirements in order to apply for the International Edge program:

  • Age: Students must be preparing to enter grade 11 or 12 in their high school (approximately 15-17 years old)
  • Academics: Students must have a history of strong academic performance
  • English proficiency: Students must have an advanced level of English to participate (see required documents below for information about test scores)

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Program dates and duration

Program dates and duration

The next sessions of International Edge will take place from:

  • July 8 – August 10, 2018



The International Edge program price for 2018: $9,000

Price is in US dollars. It is valid until August 17, 2018 (subject to change without notice).

What is included in the price?
English tests English tests include:

  • Placement test at the beginning of the program
  • Test at the end of the program to view progress made during the session

Skill areas assessed: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, and Grammar.

English courses Students attend two English courses every day from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 12:45 p.m.
Course books Text books for both classes ($180 value)
Certificate Students in good academic standing will receive a certificate that verifies that they have completed the classes. They will also receive a transcript (grade report) showing the grades earned in each skill area (Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Grammar).
University student ID card Provides students with access to the university’s facilities, including the gym, pool, library, computer labs, etc.
Housing Students will live with an American family.
Meals Breakfast and dinner is taken with the homestay family. Lunch is provided in the dining hall.
Transportation Homestay families will drive the students to the university and pick them up every day (unless the family lives within 1.6 km of the university).
University health clinic Free consultation, treatment, and prescriptions provided by medical doctors and nurses.
Excursions New York City, Washington DC, Philadelphia or Baltimore, Rehoboth Beach.
Activities Afternoon and evening activities include hikes, picnics, tournaments, concerts, sports games.
Application Fee This $100 fee is paid when the application is submitted in order for the ELI to register the student for the program.
Since the application fee is paid in advance, it will not be included on the program invoice that the student will receive. The actual price on the invoice will be USD $3,850 (4 weeks). | Pay the application fee with a credit card using our secure online payment system ➤
What is not included in the price?
  • Visa fee: Citizens of countries that participate in the US Visa Waiver Program will pay an ESTA fee (approximately US $14)
  • Airfare: Students are required to pay for their plane ticket to travel to/from Philadelphia
  • Spending money: Remember, Delaware has no sales tax on most purchases
  • Health insurance: Show proof of satisfactory insurance that meets our minimum coverage levels, or purchase our insurance policy: USD $135 for 4 weeks.


International Edge courses

International Edge students take a combination of academic and English coursework, while also participating in interesting seminars programming.

University courses

International Edge students can choose one of the following university courses:

  • BISC 207 Introductory Biology I
  • ENTR 350 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • ENGL 210 Introduction to Short Story
  • MISY 160 Business Computing: Tools and Concepts
  • PHIL 204 World Religions
  • HDFS 201 Life Span Development

For full information about each course, including descriptions, faculty, and schedules, click here.

ELI courses

International Edge students will also take an advanced Listening/Speaking course each day at the ELI, choosing one course out of a variety of subjects, such as:

All International Edge students must take an English placement exam when they arrive in Delaware in order to determine which course they are able to take. The courses listed above are in the High Intermediate and Advanced levels at the ELI (levels IV, V, and VI). The specific courses listed here are examples, and they may not be offered each session; however, the ELI always offers a variety of interesting upper-level courses.

Edge Seminar

The Edge Seminar series is designed to prepare students for the rigorous process of both applying for university and using university resources effectively. Workshops cover a variety of subjects, including:

  • College 101 – How to Choose an American University
  • Community and Communication
  • Academic Enrichment
  • Career Services
  • University Admissions Process
  • Admissions essay writing
  • Transitioning from high school to university

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Cultural excursions

Cultural Excursions

Discover some of the most famous sites on the East Coast of the USA, including:

  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington DC
  • Delaware beaches

In addition to major excursions, the ELI also plans many local activities for students in the afternoons and evenings. This includes hikes, picnics, concerts, visits to local attractions, etc.

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Program participants will live with an American family through our homestay program.

Learn more about our homestay program ➤
Learn more about housing ➤

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Apply now

Admissions information

Apply now!

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Learn more

(Online application coming soon)

Contact us for more information

To learn more about International Edge, please contact Baerbel Schumacher at  Note: Baerbel is a native German-speaker and is happy to help you in German or English.

For help with the admissions process, please contact Nadia Redman at  Note: Nadia is happy to help you in English, French, or Spanish.

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