Institute for Academic and Professional Studies

Institute for Academic and Professional Studies

Institute for Academic and Professional Studies

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Session length:
4 weeks

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Focus of study: 
Academic content and professional communication in English

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Hours per week: 
20 academic hours

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Proficiency level: 
Pre-intermediate to advanced


Designed for international undergraduate students, the Institute for Academic and Professional Studies (IAPS) introduces you to academic subjects and professional communication in English. The program helps you develop English language skills for communicating clearly and confidently in a university environment and professional settings.

In your Integrated Skills 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 and/or professional 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.

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"Through the different activities and group tasks, I was able to deepen my English skills, which is why I consider that today I can communicate more naturally and fluently in this language."
Carlos R., Chile