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SUMMER EAP: Academic English for U-M Graduate Students

PLEASE NOTE: Summer EAP Registration is now closed. 

Newly-admitted U-M Graduate Students are welcome to participate in Preparing for Graduate Success, an online pre-arrival course that meets July 8 - August 5, 2024. 


Meets In Person July 1 - August  9, 2024

  • Prepare for academic success
  • Improve your confidence and fluency in English
  • Make new friends and get to know the U-M campus and Ann Arbor

This highly-interactive six-week intensive English experience prepares international graduate students who have been accepted to the University of Michigan to succeed in their academic programs in the fall. 

You will develop the language skills you need to communicate effectively in U-M graduate classes, seminars. You will also learn about U.S. academic culture, 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 to support you throughout your time at Michigan!


Summer EAP incorporates elements from the ELI’s research-based academic English curriculum in order to prepare you for your graduate studies at U-M. 

*Subject to change in response to students’ needs and program size.



Summer EAP includes extensive opportunities to practice using English outside the classroom. Each Friday features a cultural outing, a field trip, or a guest speaker to introduce some aspect of U.S. culture or prepare for life in Ann Arbor. Frequent social events will allow you to get to know your Summer EAP classmates and other U-M students in casual, informal situations.


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 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 nearly everyone really is “Midwest Nice”!





Here is what former students say about their Summer EAP Experience:

"Way beyond a language learning experience, this 6-week program blows my mind!

"I'm amazed by the broad variety of the program design, the awesome faculty members, and the in-depth culture immersion."

"Love the small size of the class, which brings people closer with each other."

"I love this summer program. All instructors are experts in their teaching. In addition, all classes were really intensive and it was always good for practicing speaking and discussion."

"I was hesitant in the beginning...Shall I invest the time and cost for the program? Now I feel fortunate that I made the right choice."

"Most importantly, I'm grateful for the friendships built with other international students in the best season of Ann Arbor!"


PROGRAM DATES: July 1 - August  9, 2024*

PROGRAM COST: Total for all ELI tuition, textbooks, and program fees: $5300 (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 17, 2024.

FINAL PAYMENT DEADLINE: Final payment of full tuition balance must be received by June 14, 2024. (No refunds given after this date without approval of the ELI Director.)

*No class on Thursday, July 4, which is a US National Holiday


*IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PROSPECTIVE GSIs AND DEPARTMENTS: The Summer EAP program does NOT provide teacher preparation for Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs) who will be teaching in classrooms and labs and do not fulfill any GSI-related requirements. For information about these resources, please contact ELI's GSI Advisor Brenda Imber (