Language Institute - English as a Second Language (ESL) | Georgia Tech Professional Education | Atlanta, GA

Summer Academic Preparation for Incoming International Graduate Students

Four-Week Intensive Program
July 9-August 2, 2018



Who Should Participate

  • International graduate students who are beginning a Master’s or Ph.D program at Georgia Tech
  • Graduate students who are non-native speakers of English and have not studied in a U.S. university
  • International graduate students who would like to polish their communication skills in English in order to be ready for the Fall semester


Program Goals

  • Learn:
    • the basics of academic writing
    • strategies for listening more effectively
    • strategies for reading more effectively
    • tips for giving great presentations
  • Gain a better understanding of academic challenges and factors affecting the performance of international graduate students
  • Get acclimated to the Georgia Tech campus and Atlanta


Program Logistics

  • 18 Hours Intensive Instruction/week
  • Classes Monday – Thursday; no Friday classes



  • Tuition: $1,400
  • Fees:
    • Student Health Center: $41
    • Computer Support Fee: $28
    • Insurance (July 9-August 16): $371
    • Application/Mailing: $100
  • Estimated Living Expenses:
    • Housing (July 9- Aug 2): $1,012.50
      • Option to live on campus
    • Food: $700


How to Apply

  1. Submit completed application form (coming soon)
  2. Submit required documents
    • A copy of your international passport or U.S. passport or U.S. green card
    • Bank document in English and on official bank letterhead proving the account holder has a minimum of $3,652.50 for the session you will study in the Language Institute. If the bank account is in the name of someone other than you, the account holder must complete and sign a Statement of Financial Sponsorship to verify the required bank document. The bank document must be less than 3 months old.
    • A copy of your admission letter to a U.S. graduate degree program
  3. Submit payment by international credit/debit card or wire transfer using Flywire. Payment must be made in full at the time of application submission.


IMPORTANT: Applicants will receive an acceptance document and an I-20 for the dates of the program. Applicants must use the I-20 issued by the Georgia Tech Language Institute when applying for an F-1 visa and entering the U.S. After completion of the Language Institute program, the student's SEVIS record will be transferred to the Office of International Education at your new university.

Space in the program is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Class Schedule

  Mondays Tuesdays Wednesdays Thursdays Fridays

9:00 AM - 11:15 AM




Strategic Listening Skills

Reading & Discussion
Intro to Academic Life
in the U.S.

Strategic Listening Skills

Reading & Discussion
Intro to Academic Life
in the U.S.




No   Classes

11:15 AM - 12:30 PM




Lunch Break

12:30 PM - 2:45 PM




Presentation Skills

Intro to Academic

Presentation Skills

Intro to Academic


Course Descriptions

Strategic Listening Skills

In this course, you will explore the challenges international graduate students may face when listening in academic contexts in the U.S. You will review information, ideas and strategies that will help you to identify and overcome your personal listening challenges. This course will include active application of listening strategies for hands-on practice in simulated one-way (e.g., lecture) and two-way (e.g., discussions, tutorials) academic listening situations.

Presentation Skills

In this course, you will learn the basic expectations regarding how speakers present themselves and their information in formal academic presentations in the U.S. You will learn and practice techniques and strategies for preparing and presenting successful oral presentations. In addition, you will learn and practice strategies and skills for managing interactions with your audience.

Reading & Discussion Seminar: Introduction to Academic Life in the U.S.

In this course, you will develop reading and discussion skills as well as a more in-depth understanding of the challenges that international students face and how they overcome those challenges when adapting to academic life in the U.S. You review information, ideas, and strategies related to the development and improvement of reading skills. You will also review the cultural elements of discussion behavior in the U.S. and vocabulary used in discussions. You actively apply what you have learned about reading and discussions as you read and discuss graduate-level research texts on the topic of international students and academic life in the U.S.

Introduction to Academic Writing

In this course, you will develop an understanding of the core principles that provide the foundation for academic research writing in most fields/disciplines. You will develop the ability to notice and decipher how writers demonstrate these core principles in their academic research writing. You will learn to see academic research writing as a highly structured and purposeful act. You will develop the ability to notice and decipher the purposes behind the writing choices of academic research writers.