Intensive English Programs

Wherever you plan to study in the United States, PC offers an unforgettable way to start your experience abroad! Improve your English skills, experience American culture, and explore one of the United States’ oldest and most unique regions with one of Presbyterian College’s intensive English programs.

PC offers a gateway to learning, practicing, and understanding English in an enriching and exciting cultural context. From the classroom to the college campus, international students receive personal attention from professors and build lifelong friendships with American students.

English Immersion Summer Program (EISP)

Languages thrive in a culture, not simply in a classroom. PC’s four-week English Immersion Summer Program offers students a unique opportunity to acclimate to conversational English as well as to daily life in an American university setting before beginning the semester or year-long university program. Participants can learn and practice effective communication skills in an intimate, student-focused environment, all while exploring a unique and historical area of the country and building meaningful relationships with PC faculty and American students.

General EISP Course

This exciting program, running from July 6 – August 8, 2013,  is open to all current undergraduate students looking to prepare for a semester or year abroad in the United States.

Course features:

• 80 total hours of classroom instruction, in addition to scheduled conversation sessions and lectures

• Weekly lectures and local excursions introducing students to the history and culture of the American South

• University housing alongside American students on PC’s 240-acre campus

• Excursions to Greenville and Charleston in South Carolina, to Asheville in the mountains of North Carolina, and to the national capital in Washington, D.C.

Chinese EISP Course

This program is designed specifically to accommodate the schedules of Chinese applicants. The course includes all features of the General EISP Course and is offered from July 16 – August 10, 2013.

English Immersion Winter Program

This program allows you to start the New Year by spending four weeks at Presbyterian College for intensive English study and immersion into the culture of American college life.

Just like our summer programs, this course features:

• 80 total hours of classroom instruction, in addition to scheduled conversation sessions and lectures

• Weekly lectures and local excursions introducing students to the history and culture of the American South

• University housing alongside American students on PC’s 240-acre campus

• Excursions to Greenville and Charleston in South Carolina, to Asheville in the mountains of North Carolina, and to the national capital in Washington, D.C.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Semester Program

This seven-week intensive English learning course,  running twice every 14-week semester, is designed for non-native speakers with an intermediate to advanced level of proficiency. International students with a high school diploma or equivalent degree who seek to enroll in an undergraduate program at Presbyterian College are strongly encouraged to apply. The cost per seven-week session is $4,750 USD.

Program Features:

• 7 weeks of instruction

• Campus housing and meals

• All activities and excursions

• Airport pick-up and drop-off

• Library and computer lab access

• Access to on-campus gym, sports fields, and laundry facilities

• Orientation

Admission:

The seven-week sessions start at the beginning and middle of the 14-week semester each fall and spring, for a total of four seven-week offerings. Students can choose any session to apply for, though not all courses may be available during all sessions. Additionally, students can apply to more than one seven-week session or all four seven-week sessions.

Application Requirements:

• Application

•  Non-refundable $30 application fee

• Official bank statement and sponsor’s guarantee

• High school diploma or equivalent degree or official college transcript

• Visa information (if currently in the U.S.)

• Results of ESL placement exam

• Proof of insurance. (Insurance is available upon arrival for $350 per semester.)

Courses:

ESL 0400: Introduction to Conversation, Linguistic Patterns of English, and American Culture I

• This culture-based course focuses on speaking in an academic and social environment in a university setting. Low to middle intermediate level.

ESL 0500: Introduction to Conversation, Linguistic Patterns of English and American Culture II

• This culture-based course focuses on speaking in an academic and social environment in a university setting. Middle intermediate level.

ESL 0600: Intermediate ESL I

• This grammar-based course focuses on improving grammatical structures of English for writing in an academic setting. Low to middle intermediate level.

ESL 0700: Intermediate ESL II

• This writing-based course focuses on techniques and styles of academic writing as well as increasing high frequency vocabulary and learning how to self-edit chronic grammatical errors in papers. Middle to advanced intermediate level.

ESL 0800: Intermediate ESL III

• This reading/listening-based course focuses on critical reading techniques, listening and note-taking techniques for lectures, and using course materials such as textbooks frequently encountered in a higher education classroom. Middle to advanced intermediate level.

ESL 0900: Advanced ESL

• This presenting-based course focuses on incorporating skills from reading, writing, listening, and speaking to create oral presentations, group discussions, public speeches, and other techniques of learning which are commonplace in American higher education classrooms. Low to middle advanced level.