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

Intensive Academic Preparation for Incoming International Undergraduate Students

Eight-Week Intensive Program
June 4-August 3, 2018


Who Should Participate

  • International students who are beginning their freshman year at Georgia Tech
  • Incoming freshmen who are non-native speakers of English and have not studied at a U.S. high school
  • International undergraduate students who would like to polish their communication skills in English in order to be ready for the fall semester


Program Goals

In this program you will learn:

  • Language:
    • techniques for writing essays, blogs, lab reports, summaries more effectively
    • strategies for listening more effectively
    • strategies for reading more effectively
    • tips for giving great presentations
  • Academic Culture:
    • Be familiar with the GA Tech campus departments and organizations
    • Understand and have increased awareness of American academic culture and expectations, as well as develop self-monitoring strategies to aid in the cultural transition.
    • Identify and become familiar with GT campus resources, such as the library, CommLab, and counseling center.
    • Effectively and appropriately engage in oral and written communication with professors, administration, staff and students.
    • Be aware of and explain GT campus policies and procedures as they relate to finances, honor code, grading and harassment, among other issues.


Program Logistics

  • 25 hours intensive in-class instruction/week
  • Classes Monday through Friday
  • 8 weeks of instruction
    • Midterm break (July 2-6)


Student Life & Extracurricular Activities

During the intensive summer program at the Language Institute, you will have the opportunity to get to know the campus before the hustle and bustle of the fall semester begins. You will be able to participate in a variety of activities and events aimed at connecting you with other students from around the world as well as native English speakers. You will also have the option to visit off-campus sites including a day trip to the North Georgia mountains, an amusement park, and a baseball or soccer game.



  • Tuition: $2,630 (5 courses)
  • Fees:
    • Student Health Center: $82
    • Computer Support Fee: $55
    • Insurance (May 31-August 15): $371
    • Application/Mailing: $100
  • Estimated Expenses:
    • Books: $225
    • Housing (May 30- Aug 3): $2,444
      • Based on double occupancy on-campus housing.
    • Food: $1,300



On-campus housing is available to you for the duration of the program. Rooms are available in apartment-style dormitories. All contracts are from May 30 to August 3. The cost per student in an apartment is $2,444. Housing fees include all utilities, HD cable, and high speed Internet with Wi-Fi.

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. Complete our brief questionnaire
  2. After receiving your completed questionnaire, we will email you the link to begin and submit the program application, which includes the following steps:
    1. Upload required documents as part of the program application
      • A copy of your non-U.S. passport or U.S. passport or U.S. green card
      • 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  $7,107 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. undergraduate degree program
    2. Submit payment for the $150 application fee. ($50 of this fee will be credited toward your tuition and program fees.)
  3. Submit payment of $3,088 for required tuition and fees in full within one (1) week of receiving your notice of acceptance into the program. We will provide you with payment instructions after you have been accepted.
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.

Sample Schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Advanced Listening Advanced Listening Advanced Listening Advanced Listening Advanced Listening
Academic Speaking Academic Speaking Academic Speaking Academic Speaking Academic Speaking
Academic Reading & Discussion 2 Academic Reading & Discussion 2 Academic Reading & Discussion 2 Academic Reading & Discussion 2 Academic Reading & Discussion 2
Academic Writing Academic Writing Academic Writing Academic Writing Academic Writing
University 101 University 101 University 101 University 101  


Course Descriptions

Advanced Listening & Note-taking

In this course, you will continue to prepare for the listening demands of U.S. university undergraduate classes. You will also expand listening skills and note taking strategies by listening to academic lectures, and documentaries on a wide range of topics.

Academic Speaking

In this class, you will learn how to deliver clear, well-organized, culturally appropriate academic presentations. You in this class will also learn how to manage and participate in small group academic discussions based upon two or more academic readings per week. The instructor will work with you to develop awareness of aspects of their pronunciation that may affect the overall clarity and fluency of their speech. In addition, you will develop awareness of culturally appropriate non-verbal communication in presentations and other academic oral communication, such as interactions with a professor. The final project is a formal academic presentation based upon research you have done or intends to do.

Academic Reading and Discussion 2

In this course, you will prepare for the reading demands of U.S. university undergraduate classes by reading authentic college level textbook chapters, academic research articles, and literary non-fiction texts. You will develop the strategies, skills, and vocabulary necessary to read, comprehend, analyze, and discuss college textbook chapters, academic research articles, and literary non-fiction texts. You will also develop your note-taking, critical thinking, time management, intensive reading skills, and independent library research skills as well as your knowledge of academic vocabulary.

In this course, you will review and practice extensive and intensive reading skills. In addition, you will develop the following written and oral discussion skills: evaluating or analyzing new ideas or situations from different writers’ points of view, synthesizing information from multiple texts, hypothesizing writers’ responses or reactions, relating information from multiple texts as well as information from texts to real-life situations or personal experience, and justifying positions using evidence and ideas from multiple texts.

Academic Writing

In this course, you will prepare for the writing demands of U.S. university undergraduate classes by developing your knowledge and abilities with regard to writing the following types of texts: academic e-mails for U.S. university contexts, stand-alone academic research paragraphs, and an analytical research paper. You will develop in-depth knowledge, skills, and strategies that increase your ability to write in a manner that is both linguistically and conceptually sophisticated. You will increase your knowledge of U.S. academic readers’ expectations as well as improve your abilities to produce texts that conform to readers’ expectations. You will continue developing your ability to avoid plagiarizing and to appropriately refer to texts using APA style, which is a form of citation commonly used in many fields. You will develop your ability to produce academic texts that utilize information from multiple sources. You will enhance your editing and revision skills.

American University 101

In this course, you will get first-hand exposure to and familiarity with the American university experience. You will explore campus culture and relationships and expectations with professors, administration, staff and classmates. You will also learn about campus departments, organizations and groups to become familiar and comfortable with the services and resources available to you. The overarching goal of this course is for you to develop and use a repertoire of knowledge and resources to assist you as you enter the university experience in the United States.