University Of Pennsylvania


The University of Pennsylvania’s ELP, An Ivy League Language Experience

Ranked in the top ten US colleges by U.S. News Education Report, the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) was founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1740 and is part of the prestigious Ivy League.

As the second-largest East Coast city, Philadelphia is teeming with rich cultural opportunities for adventure and learning. Penn hosts 2,000 students each year in the English Language Program (ELP), offering language study through active, dynamic courses that take advantage of all that Penn and Philadelphia have to offer.

University Connections Program

The ELP offers a tailored program for motivated students who are applying to undergraduate or graduate programs in the US. In addition to improving students’ language proficiency and academic skills, University Connections Program (UniConn) students meet one-on-one with university admissions specialists, participate in workshops on topics related to university admissions, and are oriented to the academic expectations and culture of the US university. Students from UniConn have been accepted to some of the highest-ranking universities in the United States, including Stanford, Yale, and John Hopkins University.

Summer Institutes

The Institute for Business Communication is designed for students pursuing futures in business and professional capacities. By using real-world business issues and topics, students enhance their professional knowledge and skills. Guest lectures from Penn professors, including Penn’s top-ranked business school, offer students a unique, Ivy League university experience.

International Business Communication for Professionals specializes in helping individuals who have already launched careers improve the effectiveness and confidence with which they communicate in professional situations.

The Institute for Academic Studies offers an introduction to academic content-based language in areas such as marketing, leadership, sustainability, communications, innovation and technology, and resiliency. Guest lectures from Penn professors enhance students understanding of content areas and allow students to experience an authentic university experience.

Unique Course Offerings

Special courses take advantage of Penn’s connections and locations for specialized opportunities. For instance, the course called Speaking on Society and Culture brings students into the broader community for team research on American culture, facilitating conversation about their own cultural backgrounds and experiences. Debating Contemporary Issues fosters discussion on the hottest political topics while Art in Philadelphia introduces students to some of the extraordinary museums and exhibitions around the vibrant city.

Diverse Opportunities

Students at Penn are part of a thriving academic and cultural institution. Students at high skill levels can take academic courses for credit, including business courses through the Wharton Business School.

ELP students can choose to live in dormitories or with local homestay families. They can participate in the hundreds of student clubs and organizations, as well as access recreational facilities, language labs, libraries, university transportation shuttles, and campus performing art centers and museums.

A Student Services Coordinator arranges activities, field trips, culture hours, and a Conversation Partners program, ensuring that ELP students are connected to Philadelphia, campus, and a robust ELP student support network.

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