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ESLI Short Term Programs

Written by ESLI Admissions
Published on 2017-11-01
Did you ever want to visit the Gateway to the American West? Paddle a canoe down the river? Learn what in the world the word ‘spelunking’ means—and how to pronounce it? You can do all this and more with ESLI’s Short Term Programs! International education has never been so interactive or so much fun. If you are looking for a way to improve your English while making new friends and exploring part of the US or Canada, one of our Short Term Programs may be just right for you!

We are proud to announce that we have just had our most successful series of summer programs ever, and welcomed students from South Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan, Germany, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Myanmar, Syria, and Iraq, and we are preparing to host another group of students from Mexico this fall at our center in Duluth, Minnesota. These lucky students will experience Fall in the northern part of America, where the trees turn beautiful colors, celebrate Halloween, and they may even get to see the snow fly!

Short Term Programs differ from our Full Time programs in some important ways.  In a Full Time Program, you spend your days in the classroom preparing to move on to a university or the work place with good fluency in spoken and written English. There are activities and field trips, but the main goal is to gain fluency in academic English.  A Short Term Program, on the other hand, is only partly spent in the classroom. The focus is not on entering the university, but on learning some English while experiencing part of America’s history, nature, and cities, and on making friends that strengthen our global community and expand the world for all of us.

Students from ESLI at WKU visit My Old Kentucky Home

ESLI offers custom-designed Short Term Programs at all of its American and Canadian centers. The activities available vary from campus to campus; for example, a stay at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green or Sullivan University in Louisville might include a visit to the St. Louis Arch, or Mammoth Caves National Park.  You could visit Churchill Downs, where the Kentucky Derby horse race is run, or My Old Kentucky Home, a national landmark. Experience the unique culture of the American South in one of our Kentucky centers. Almost every day is full of activities that have been designed specifically for your group by our directors and administrators.

ESLI at WKU students at Churchill Downs

A visit to one of our Northern campuses, such as ESLI at University of Wisconsin Superior, or ESLI at University of Minnesota Duluth, could include a number of outdoor activities.  Students at these centers enjoy canoeing, hiking, camping, and—if you go in winter—skiing!  ESLI at UMD and ESLI at UWS are both located on the shore of the world’s third largest freshwater lake: Lake Superior. A visit to Lake Superior is not something you will soon forget!

Students from ESLI at UWS paddle canoes on the river; winter skiing at UWS

During the Summer of 2017, a group of students from Korea spent 4 weeks with ESLI at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and visited St. Louis in Missouri, and the Illinois state capitol in Springfield. Their visit included a trip to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.  There they learned about the exciting life and tragic death of our 16th president, who remains one of our most well-known presidents around the world.

If you are looking for a chance to experience the Wild West, consider a trip to ESLI at West Texas A&M University. Located in Canyon, TX, ESLI at WTAMU is close to several natural wonders, like Palo Duro Canyon, and is also close to Amarillo, TX, for shopping and fun.  Your trip to one of our American ESLI campuses begins with contacting the US Programs Coordinator, Sarah Van Alebeek, and asking for more information!

Students from ESLI at SIUE visit with Abraham Lincoln and family

A visit to our Canadian center, ESLI at Trinity Western University, is just as exciting. Over the summer, ESLI hosted a variety of students from ages 10 to 20, and they enjoyed getting to know the area around beautiful Vancouver, Canada, on North America’s west coast. ESLI at TWU offers programs for all ages, and can customize a program to fit the needs of the group; for example, one summer camp focused on nursing, and another on journalism! Sue Priebe is the director of ESLI at TWU and also the Canada Programs Coordinator, and she is waiting to help you plan your very own trip to Canada!

ESLI at TWU hanging out in Vancouver
If you want more information about a Short Term Program for you and your group, come check us out! Our Short Term Programs page gives you all the possible options for any of our US and Canada centers, how to apply, what your program package includes, and more! Come join us for a few weeks, see some amazing sights, and make lifelong friends in one of ESLI’s Short Term Programs!

Contact information:
Sarah Van Alebeek, US Programs Coordinator and Senior Director of Resource Management: Sarah.Vanalebeek@esli-intl.com
Sue Priebe, Canada Programs Coordinator and Director of ESLI at TWU: suep@twu.ca
ESLI Homepage: http://www.esli-intl.com/
Short Term Programs Website: http://www.esli-intl.com/Programs/Short_Term_Programs

ESLI Centers in the United States are accredited by CEA.