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SUMMER EAP: Graduate English For Academic Purposes


In-Person Summer EAP Returns in 2022! July 5–August 12, 2022

Summer 2022 registration is now closed.

This highly-interactive six-week intensive English experience has been specifically designed for international graduate students who have been accepted to the University of Michigan or another U.S. university for the fall term. You will learn and practice the language skills you need to participate effectively in classes, seminars, and labs. You will also learn about U.S. higher academic culture and explore ways to thrive in a diverse, challenging intellectual environment. You will gain insight into U.S. culture and practice communicating with a diverse range of Americans. You will also make friends and begin to develop a social network before your program begins. 


Summer EAP incorporates elements from the ELI’s renowned research-based academic English curriculum in order to provide a solid foundation for students to begin their graduate studies in the fall.

Academic Reading and Writing

Prepare to manage the heavy reading load of a graduate student and produce high-quality graduate-level academic papers. Learn strategies for reading more quickly and accurately. Analyze texts to recognize effective organizational patterns, vocabulary choices, and persuasive arguments. Frequent peer revisions and individual instructor feedback will be your “sounding board” throughout the course.

Speaking and Presenting

Become more comfortable speaking English on and off campus!  You will build confidence communicating in interactive discussions and public speaking situations. Practice strategies for expressing your opinions, responding effectively to opposing viewpoints, and asking questions. Better understand U.S. academic culture. Learn to create and deliver effective presentations.

Listening and Pronunciation

Become a more active and skilled listener and improve the comprehensibility of your English pronunciation at the same time! You will develop active listening strategies for comprehending different types of spoken English and apply these to your own speaking. Identify your personal pronunciation ‘problem areas’ and receive frequent personalized feedback and suggestions for improvement from the instructor.

U.S. Culture and Society

Learn about diverse populations and cultures that make up society in Michigan and the U.S. You will critically examine U.S. social norms, and traditions, as well as societal challenges facing America today. The centerpiece of the course is a capstone project, in which you will work together with a team of students on a research question that takes you out of the classroom to gather data in the local community and offers real-world opportunities for language practice and confidence building activities.

Tentative Schedule


In addition to its rigorous academic English curriculum, Summer EAP includes extensive opportunities to continue learning outside the classroom and build your social network. Each Friday will feature a cultural outing, a field trip, or a guest speaker to help you better understand U.S. culture and prepare for transition to life in Ann Arbor. Throughout the program, frequent social events will allow you to get to know your Summer EAP classmates better in casual, informal situations. You will work hard, play hard, and make new friends so that you are ready to begin your program in the fall. 


Ann Arbor, Michigan, frequently ranked as one of America’s top college towns and best places to live, is at its best during the beautiful Michigan summer. The weather is ideal for enjoying local restaurants and bars, and major attractions are within walking distance or a short bus ride of the U-M campus. Annual events like the A2 Summer Festival, Cinetopia Film Festival, or the world famous Ann Arbor Art Fair attract visitors from around the world. Enjoy hiking or cycling in the many local parks or canoeing and kayaking on the Huron River. Experience Ann Arbor’s well-deserved reputation for being a welcoming and friendly place where everyone practices “Midwest Nice”!

PROGRAM DATES: July 5–August 12, 2022

PROGRAM COST: Total for all ELI tuition, textbooks, and program fees: $4900 (Does not include mandatory health insurance or room and board.)

APPLICATION/DEPOSIT DEADLINE: Your complete application, including a non-refundable $500 tuition deposit, must be received by May 15, 2022*.