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Location

Our location in Delaware is perfect for a short-term stay in the USA!

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Accommodations

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

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Short-term program for high school students!

Spend 3 or 4 weeks improving your English skills while learning about American culture!

This short-term adventure combines high-quality ESL instruction, cultural course content and fun, providing an enriching experience for high school students from around the world.

Language Adventure USA includes several excursions, allowing students to visit important cultural and historical sites on the East Coast of the U.S.

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 #38 among public institutions by the US News and World Report, 2019.

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.

Our location 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, D.C.

Requirements

This program is meant for high school students, 15 to 17 years old. If you are older than 18 years, you should consider our Intensive English Program.

There is no minimum level of English skill required to apply for Language Adventure USA; however, many of our specialized courses require at least a “high-intermediate” level of English, as determined on our placement test that is given at the beginning of the program. Students with “beginner” or “low-intermediate” levels of English must enroll in our General English courses.

Program dates and duration

Summer 2021

Dates Duration
July 12 – July 30, 2021 3 weeks
July 12 – August 6, 2021 4 weeks

Price

Summer 2021

Duration Price
3 weeks (July 12 – July 30, 2021) US $2,995
4 weeks (July 12 – August 6, 2021) US $3,950
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 Textbooks 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 Past excursions have included: New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia or Baltimore, and Rehoboth Beach.
Activities Afternoon and evening activities include hikes, picnics, tournaments, concerts and sports games.
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 (pdf), or purchase our insurance policy: USD $135 for 4 weeks.

Courses and Instruction Quality

All students will take two categories of courses: “Listening/Speaking” and “Reading/Writing.” Courses daily from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 12:45 p.m.

The ELI is proud to offer a variety of interesting courses, including*:

  • Business writing and presentations
  • Storytelling and writing
  • Theater, games, and skits (drama)
  • Music
  • News
  • Literature
  • Film production

*Students are required to take an English placement exam upon arrival in Delaware to ensure that they have an English level that is high enough to be successful in these classes. Students in lower levels must take General English courses.

The ELI faculty has a strong reputation for being experts in their field. ELI instructors have at least a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) or in Applied Linguistics.

The ELI is accredited by the Commission for English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), ensuring excellence in instruction and programming for our students.

Cultural Excursions

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

  • New York City
  • Philadelphia
  • Washington, D.C.
  • 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.

ELI student with her homestay hosts, all smiling for a group selfie

Accommodations

Program participants will live with American hosts through our homestay program.

Learn more about our homestay program

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Apply

Applying for Language Adventure USA is easy! Simply follow these instructions:

  1. Complete our online application
  2. Pay the non-refundable US $300 tuition deposit | Pay this fee with a credit card using our secure online payment system
  3. Send a copy of your passport to ud-eli@udel.edu

Contact us for more information

To learn more about Language Adventure USA, or for help with the admissions process, please contact:

  • Baerbel Schumacher at baerbel@udel.edu.  Baerbel is a native German speaker and is happy to help you in German or English.
  • Leah Davidson at leahjane@udel.edu. Leah speaks English and Spanish.

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