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Drexel University's English Language Center is located in the University City District of downtown Philadelphia.
Drexel University
English Language Center
229 North 33rd Street
Pennsylvania 19104

ph 215-895-2022
fx 215-895-6775

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US$ 3,850.
Half Term (5-1/2 weeks)

US$ 6,975.
Full Term (10-1/2 weeks)

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Drexel University English Language Center

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* Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Drexel University English Language Center

Accredited programs, affordable prices: Drexel ELC offers both in 11-week and 6-week courses year round. We'll help you develop the skills and expertise for academic, professional, and personal success. At Drexel ELC, you'll get the English you need for the future you want. Drexel ELC is located on the campus of Drexel University, in a safe residential area near the heart of beautiful, historic Philadelphia. We are accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), members of the consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP), and host the headquarters of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP).

Programs and Courses: Studying at Drexel English Language Center

  • Intensive English: There are 6 levels of instruction, from Beginning to Advanced. Placement testing and orientation are provided, and certificates are awarded for successful completion of each full or half term. Full-time study includes 15 hours of Speaking / Listening and Reading / Writing per week, plus a three-hour Special Topic chosen from academic, business, language skills, cultural, or test preparation topics. Optional free grammar, pronunciation, and conversation classes are also available. Small classes are emphasized; the average is 10-12 students and the largest classes have 15-16. All ELC instructors have advanced degrees in TESOL or related fields.
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  • Global Business English (GLOBE): A pre-MBA program for high-intermediate to advanced level students. Participants must have a university degree and place into ELC Level 4 or higher in both Speaking and Writing. Program content includes The Language of Business Information, an integrated skills course involving concepts and key vocabulary related to specific topics such as marketing, finance, international business, and human resources. An advanced Reading / Writing class focuses on essay writing, advanced academic writing, reading skills and strategies for graduate level coursework. Students also choose a Special Topic that may include TOEFL or GMAT test preparation. Optional elective classes are also available. Special features of the GLOBE program include networking opportunities, lectures at the College of Business, MBA application workshops, and an MBA class observation.

  • Custom-designed programs for specific needs, including English for Medical Professionals, English for Business Professionals, and intelligibility (accent reduction): Intended for professionals who are already in the Philadelphia area, these courses focus on the improvement of spoken or written English skills for specific purposes. Classes or tutoring for groups or individuals can be arranged.
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Calendar / Term Dates

  Full Term 1st Half Term 2nd Half Term
Winter 2007 Jan 10 - Mar 23 Jan 10 - Feb 16 Feb 14 - Mar 23
Spring 2007 Apr 4 - Jun 15 Apr 4 - May 11 May 9 - Jun 15
Summer 2007 Jun 25 - Aug 31 Jun 25 - Jul 27 Jul 25 - Aug 31
Fall 2007 Sep 26 - Dec 13 Sep 26 - Nov 2 Oct 31 - Dec 13

Fees / Costs (All costs are subject to change.)

  Full Term Half Term
Application Fee* $75 $75
Tuition (cost of classes)* $3,025 $1,800
Estimated Living Expenses** $3,600 $1,800
Drexel University Health Insurance*# $275 $175
TOTAL $6,975 $3,850

* Required
** Includes housing, meals, books and personal expenses
# Approximate cost. Waived if student provides proof of sufficient insurance.

Housing / Accommodations: Three housing choices are available to Drexel ELC students:

Drexel University English Language Center World House Dormitory: $1475-$1875 per term ($490-$625 per month). This is the official ELC dormitory, on the Drexel campus, just 2 blocks from the ELC. World House has double and single rooms (available on a first-come, first-served basis); shared baths and kitchen; a lounge with computers and printers, TV, DVD / VCR, stereo, etc.; and a live-in Resident Director. It offers a friendly, family-like atmosphere with social activities.
  • International House: $650 per month ($1950 for three months). A large, dormitory-style residence for students from many universities. I-House offers single rooms, with kitchens and baths shared among 10 residents. 15-minute walk to the ELC.

  • Homestay: $23 per night (approximately $1,771 per term + $200 placement fee). Live in an American home, practice your English and learn about American culture. Homestays offer private rooms, self-serve breakfast each morning, and three family dinners each week. Most are located in residential neighborhoods convenient to the ELC (30 - 45 minutes).

Activities: A unique part of the Drexel ELC is a wide range of activities, trips, and tours arranged for ELC students at discounted prices. The activities program offers students a great opportunity for enjoyment, and provides a special chance to learn about American culture while practicing English. A few examples:

  • Philadelphia City Tour
  • On-Campus Parties
  • Professional baseball or basketball game
  • Visits to Washington, DC and / or New York City
  • Shopping excursions to local outlet stores
Drexel University English Language Center

Other Special Features of Drexel ELC:

  • Allison Rose Fellowships: Two or three $1000 scholarships are awarded each term to continuing full-time students. Allison Rose Fellows receive tuition remission in exchange for office work at the ELC during the term.

  • Conversation Network: The program links ELC and Drexel University students and offers an opportunity to meet and talk with Americans.

  • Access to university facilities: ELC students can use the Drexel library, gym and athletic facilities, language lab, computer lab and wireless internet service free of charge.

  • ELC Plus: Advanced level ELC students may combine English study with part-time university coursework after one term.

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Drexel's urban campus is surrounded by a thriving community of students, artists, and professionals. If you love nightlife, Philadelphia has many restaurants, theaters, cinemas, concerts, bars, and dance clubs. New Jersey beaches and casinos, as well as Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains and Amish country, are also within easy reach of the city. The Philadelphia region is also a major destination for shopping excursions!

Drexel University English Language Center

Drexel University is recognized for its unique academic curriculum and opportunities for students to gain valuable hands-on professional experience - the best preparation for after graduation. With more than 170 degree and certificate programs, you're certain to find a challenging academic program that suits your interests.

Founded in 1891, Drexel is proud to offer its students a well-renowned education in a technologically savvy environment. The university offers graduate and undergraduate degrees through its schools of information science and technology, media arts and design, engineering, business, medicine, nursing and more. Drexel is recognized particularly for its cooperative education (co-op), in which students alternate periods of full-time employment with their studies. Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Enrollment: More than 16,000 students attend Drexel University, including more than 9,500 full-time undergraduate students. Students come from most of the United States and from more than 100 nations; international students make up 10 percent of the population. The average class size is 25 students.

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We look forward to welcoming you to the English Language Center at Drexel University! To learn more, review all of our programs and select the ones that interest you. Then complete the inquiry form, and we'll respond to you directly.