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 2): $127
    • Application/Mailing: $100
  • Estimated Living Expenses:
    • Housing (July 5-August 3): $1,090
      • Based on double occupancy on-campus housing.
    • Food: $650



On-campus housing is available to you for the duration of the program. Rooms are available in apartment-style dormitories. All contracts can begin on either July 5 or July 8, and all contracts end on August 3. Housing fees are $37.60 per night and include all utilities, HD cable, and high speed Internet with Wi-Fi. Linens are available for $20 per week.

Four residents live in a four bedroom, two bathroom, furnished apartment. Each student has a private bedroom and shares a bathroom with one other student. Four students share the kitchen, dining and living area. Bedrooms are furnished with a bed (with extra-long mattress), desk, desk chair, wardrobe and dresser. The furniture in the common area consists of a couch, with end table, a coffee table, and chair as well as a dining table with four chairs.

Review our summer housing flyer to learn more.

To reserve your room, please download and complete the housing request form and return it to and make your payment in full. All housing fees are non-refundable and rooms cannot be subleased. Pay with an international credit/debit card by wire transfer using Flywire. If you need to make your payment another way, please contact for payment options. You must submit your housing request form and submit your payment in full no less than 14 days before the day you move in. Fees will not be adjusted if you arrive late or check out early.

Learn more about living on-campus.

You may learn more about some off-campus housing options available to you by visiting the Housing page.


How to Apply

  1. Submit completed application form, which includes the following steps:
    1. Submit required documents
      • A copy of your non-U.S. passport or U.S. passport or U.S. permanent resident card
      • A copy of dependent non-U.S. passport(s) (only for applicants requiring an F-1 student visa who wish to include their spouse and/or child/children as dependents)
      • A bank document in English and on official bank letterhead proving the account holder has had a minimum closing balance the equivalent of at least $3,580 within the last 3 months. (only for applicants requiring an F-1 student visa)
      • 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. (only for applicants requiring an F-1 student visa)
      • A copy of your admission letter to a U.S. graduate degree program
  2. Submit payment by international credit/debit card or wire transfer using Flywire. Payment must be made in full within one (1) week of receiving your notice of acceptance into the program.
    1. ‚ÄčApplicants who will study on an F-1 student visa: $1,940
    2. All other applicants who will not study on an F-1 student visa: $1,569
We are no longer accepting applications for the 2018 program.


IMPORTANT: Applicants who will study on an F-1 student visa 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 student 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




Intro to Academic

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

Intro to Academic

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 for
Graduate Student

Strategic Listening Skills for
Graduate Student

Presentation Skills for
Graduate Student

Strategic Listening Skills for
Graduate Student

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.