The Institute’s Summer Intensive program is a 5–week program that offers students two credit bearing courses (4 credits per course), one in ESL and the other in American/USA Studies.
Courses offered through the Institute follow a communicative approach to language learning integrating skills ESL education with content courses that allow for practice and performance in a university setting.
“The ESL classes were great! My listening skills improved a lot and so did my reading skills. They also helped my writing. I learned proper punctuation, citation and effective essay writing. In total, the ESL classes made me more curious and confident, and now I want to study English even more!”
~ Priscila Sousa De Andrade, Brazil
Course of Study- Undergraduate Students
Students beginning or continuing their undergraduate study in the US will take two, four-credit classes, one in American Studies, providing an interdisciplinary focus on American culture with a language development focus, and one in English as a second or other language (ESL).
The two courses are closely linked, so that, for example, students reading a text in the American Studies class will discuss their papers about that text in their ESL class. Our classes are offered on four different levels, providing for accurate placement of each learner based on his or her existing proficiency in English. Regardless of level, however, students will gain skill in speaking, reading, writing, and listening that will be invaluable to their success in American colleges and universities.
Students also take pre- and post-program tests to facilitate initial placement into the program and to provide individualized recommendations for each student before fall classes begin at their future home institution.
If you have questions about our courses, please contact Dr. Monica Jacobe, the Center’s Director.
Course of Study- Graduate Students
American Studies & ESL
Graduate students beginning or continuing graduate study at US institutions have access to our Summer Intensive program, taking two four-credit classes, one in American Studies, providing an interdisciplinary focus on American culture with discussion of American academic culture, and one in English as a Second Language (ESL). The two courses are closely linked, so that, for example, students reading a text in the American Studies class will discuss their papers about that text in their ESL class. Our classes are offered on two different levels, providing for accurate placement of each learner based on his or her existing proficiency in English. However, each ESL class will develop students’ speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills to better prepare them for the challenges they will face in Master’s and Doctoral programs.
Students also take pre- and post-program tests to facilitate placement into the program and to provide individualized recommendations for continued language development after the conclusion of the program.
If you have questions about these courses, please contact Dr. Monica Jacobe, the Center’s Director.
Beyond these credit-bearing courses, graduate students will also be invited to participate in a weekly not-for-credit seminar about teaching American undergraduates. Graduate students in American universities are often funded through teaching assistantships. This seminar, taught by Dr. Monica F. Jacobe, the Center’s Director, will focus on the expectations of American faculty and American undergraduate students for their graduate student teaching assistant and provide structured opportunities to practice the design and delivery of instruction with constructive feedback. Success as a graduate student teaching assistant may be critical for continued funding of graduate studies; this not-for-credit seminar will help our students achieve that success.
Tuition and fees are updated annually. The comprehensive program fee for Summer 2016 was USD *$6250. This included 8 credits of tuition, air-conditioned housing, and meals 7 days a week. *This fee will be reviewed by the TCNJ Board each year at the start of the fiscal year in July and may be adjusted. Contact us to confirm the Summer 2017 program fee.
Books, SEVIS fee, travel costs, and linens must be paid for individually and beyond this charge.
Additional resources for international students seeking funding for their US-based education–including ESL and Intensive English Programs–can be found here.
TBA– Earliest Date for students to arrive on campus.
July 11 – July 15, 2017– Orientation programming & Language Assessment Testing to finalize ESL placement.
July 17, 2017– Start of Classes.
August 18, 2017– Institute Language Exit Assessments.
Institute classes run Monday through Thursday in the morning and afternoon with conversation hours and co-curricular programming on Fridays. Weekends are for exploring the region, using your English skills off campus, and enjoying the college experience.
Students intending to pursue higher education in the US and who have completed a high school program of study are eligible to attend. Institute students vary in age and English language proficiency and will be attending a variety of educational institutions after completing our program. Students not coming to TCNJ through established partners or International Admissions will need to complete a program application.
After a student has been accepted into the program, the College will review the student’s documentation of financial support and issue the I-20 document. Short-term study is possible, but most students receive 12-month study visas for language training. To receive a 12-month US student visa, you must provide financial proof in the amount of $26,000.00 USD or higher. We will use this website to confirm you have enough money in USD http://www.oanda.com/ .
It is the responsibility of the student to obtain an appropriate visa through the nearest United States consulate or embassy. For more information, visit the online resources provided for students seeking ESL study provided by International Student Services in the Center for Global Engagement.
Applications for Summer 2017 are OPEN. Application Here
Our preferred deadline for Summer 2017 is MAY 31ST.
- What does preferred deadline mean? This is the deadline that allows us to guarantee space in classes and dormitories. So apply early, and reserve your seat today!