Institute for Academic Studies

Program Overview

The Institute for Academic Studies (IAS) introduces you to academic subjects in English and helps you develop English language skills for communicating clearly and confidently in a university environment.  IAS is designed for international undergraduate students.

In your “Exploring Philadelphia: An Academic and Cultural Experience” core course, you will discover the culture and history of Philadelphia by reading academic texts, performing research, and participating in academic discussions. 

In your elective courses, you will explore two academic subjects in English. You will build vocabulary and develop listening and speaking skills to effectively communicate your knowledge and opinions about course topics.

Throughout the program, guest lectures from Penn professors will enhance your university experience.

The pre-intermediate level will be available beginning July 2018.

Session length

4 weeks

Focus of study

Introduction to Academic Content in English

Hours per week

20 academic hours

Proficiency level

Pre-intermediate to advanced

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