You will take a core course at the level appropriate for your proficiency as well as 2 content-based English language electives. Courses are available at intermediate and advanced levels for January and February 2018. Beginning in July 2018, the pre-intermediate level will also be available. Pre-intermediate course descriptions are available here

Core Course

Exploring Philadelphia: An Academic and Cultural Experience

This course is designed to introduce you to skills and strategies necessary to succeed in U.S. universities. With a focus on U.S. immigration and the history of Philadelphia, you will explore and enhance your understanding of the current cultural diversity within the U.S. You will read academic texts, listen to lectures, participate in academic discussions, give presentations, and perform research. Throughout the course, you will build a personal website that showcases your research and your reflections on the international student experience. 

Elective Courses

Elective course options are dependent upon course level, session, and availability. Pre-intemediate students will be placed in the pre-intermediate Communication and Leadership electives. 


This course examines how online communication influences language, identity, and relationships. You will explore topics in social networking, public relations, and crisis management through the analysis of real-life case studies from politics, business, and entertainment. In a final group project, you will use crisis management strategies to respond to a public relations crisis. (offered each session)

Innovation & Technology

How are technological innovations shaping the world today and how will they affect our lives in the future? This course investigates these questions by exploring how today's top innovators are engineering the future in fields such as robotics and nanotechnology. You will develop skills for describing complex concepts in concise academic language and deliver both formal and informal presentations on technologies of your choice. (offered in July and August only)


Through analysis of successful leaders and their leadership styles, as well as the exploration of your own leadership style, you will learn strategies for effective communication. You will explore organizational dynamics with a focus on how teams develop, learn, and achieve success together and the ways in which leaders emerge. You will analyze the pressentation strategies leaders use and incorporate effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies in team projects and class presentations. (offered each session)


How do companies continue to succeed in the face of intense competition? In this course, you will begin by examining how some companies build and sustain consumer brand loyalty. Then, you will focus on gamification, a content marketing strategy that uses game elements to attract and engage consumers. You will improve your speaking and listening skills by participating in critical and analytical discussions as well as by creating and delivering a group presentation. (offered each session)


What can you do to increase your well-being and become a more resilient person? This course introduces you to the growing field of Positive Psychology, and examines several of the field’s key concepts, including signature strengths, positive emotions, resiliency, and grit. You will give several presentations in which you demonstrate your understanding of the concepts and how the concepts relate to your own life. (offered in July and August only)


In the sustainability elective, you will develop a critical awareness of the global issue of limited resources and expanding needs. Through historical, cultural, and individual examples of sustainable, as well as unsustainable, practices, you will examine the societal, economic, and environmental impact of peoples' choices. Through informative videos and purposeful discussion, you will ultimately decide what you, in your community, can do about this urgent matter. (offered in July and August only)

Sample Class Schedule