The ELP will resume in-person classes in our Intensive Program beginning with the Summer 2 session on June 24, 2021. Learn more here.

English for Leadership and Innovation


English for Leadership and Innovation (ELI) introduces students to academic subjects in English and helps them develop English language skills for communicating clearly and confidently in a university environment.  ELI is designed for international undergraduate students.

Students will be introduced to two separate content areas:  Leadership and Innovation & Technology.  In the Leadership section, they will improve their speaking and listening skills through the analysis of successful leaders as well as the exploration of their own leadership style.  The Innovation & Technology section will allow them to develop speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills.  Students will examine the ways technological innovations are shaping the world today and how they might affect our lives in the future. 

Throughout the program, video guest lectures from Penn professors in different departments will enhance student’s virtual university experience.

This unique remote experience created by the University of Pennsylvania will differ from other online courses by offering the following benefits.  Students will receive written and video feedback from world-renowned instructors on their assignments and presentations. They will participate in dynamic live sessions with instructors and peers, as well as completing a project with their virtual team.  Instructors and peers will provide individualized support to keep them progressing and help them finish the course. Upon completion, students will receive a Penn Certificate that states number of equivalent coursework hours.

Level A minimum CEFR level of B1- as demonstrated by TOEFL iBT of 57+, TOEFL PBT of 487+, IELTS of 5.5+, or TOEIC of 550+
Length Three weeks
Program Dates & Registration

July 12-30, 2021 (enrollment deadline June 28, 2021)

August 2-20, 2021 (enrollment deadline July 19, 2021)

Synchronous hours 15 (5 each week); Class times between 6:00-9:00 am EDT
Asynchronous  hours 30 (10 each week; includes independent and group work)
Socio-cultural  activities Students will attend virtual guest lectures from Penn professors.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in regular conversation hours, cultural activities, and games with students in other ELP programs.   They will also receive information to help connect students with virtual opportunities offered by other Penn and Philadelphia organizations.