Summer ESL in Boston

Summer Programs in English Language Study for Non-Native Speakers and International Students

UMass Boston is pleased to offer a full-time program of study in English for non-native speakers. These summer sessions are designed to accommodate students at all levels of English proficiency. Whatever your goals, and whatever your level - beginner, intermediate, or advanced speaker of English - you will find a course of study suited to your needs.

International students seeking acceptance into an American university at the graduate or undergraduate level have the option of taking courses specifically designed to develop their academic skills. Working professionals and other interested participants who wish to improve their skills in practical communication and everyday English can select the Intensive English option.

To ensure that students are placed in the appropriate option and course levels, there are assessment and orientation activities at the beginning of the program, including placement tests, a writing sample, and a personal interview with a program instructor. All participants in the program do some formal study of grammar and structure at the appropriate level and pace, and then go on to choose additional courses that match their specific purposes.

University Preparation Option

Participants seeking university placement enroll in University Preparation. Coursework includes subject matter typical of the university, and training in academic skills is offered, including note-taking; listening to academic lectures; academic writing and research; oral presentations; critical and creative thinking; and time-management. In addition, TOEFL test preparation and assistance in the college admission process are offered. Advanced students may audit regular university classes by special permission. Computer lab time is scheduled for participants who wish to develop their "e-literacy" and computer skills, including presentation skills, building web pages, web-based research, and word-processing skills.

Participants enjoy full access privileges to the educational resources of UMass Boston, including use of the library, computer labs, fitness centers, and health clinic.

Class meetings

Classes take place Monday through Friday between 9:00am and 4:00pm, for a total of 20-24 hours per week. Participants are placed in classes appropriate to their level of proficiency after initial assessment and orientation sessions.

Schedule and Fee

University Preparation
May 26-August 7, 2015
Program Fee: $3,084


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