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English For Business Studies

About the Program

This five-week intensive experience, specifically-tailored for students who have been accepted into Michigan’s Ross School of Business or another competitive MBA program, will challenge you with cutting-edge course content designed to reflect current practices in top-ranked U.S. business schools. It will engage you with demanding speaking and writing tasks designed to refine the language skills you need to succeed in your MBA and beyond. You will work individually and in teams on a variety of projects and receive personalized feedback on your language progress. You will also learn about U.S. academic culture so that you are prepared to transition smoothly into your MBA program. Your learning will continue outside the classroom through site visits to local businesses, team tasks, and social and networking experiences. You will also make friends, get to know the Ann Arbor area, and begin to build a professional network.

What Will I Gain?

Participating in the EBS program will help you become more confident using English in academic and professional contexts and prepare for the rigors of your MBA program. Specifically, you will:

  • Learn language and content typical in an MBA program and how to to adjust your language for different audiences, situations, and purposes
  • Develop strategies for interacting effectively with others from diverse backgrounds and working collaboratively in a team
  • Become more aware of your personal strengths and weaknesses, and how to leverage them for success
  • Improve your time-management skills
  • Become familiar with U.S. business school culture, including its growing emphasis on positive business practices
  • Learn to navigate Ann Arbor and the U-M campus
  • Communicate with diverse members of the local community
  • Make friends and begin to build social and professional networks

Program Structure

EBS is an intensive five-week language and culture program. Its specialized Business English curriculum has been developed by ELI faculty and business scholars to meet the needs of students at top U.S. MBA programs.

EBS includes the following course components:

  • Oral Communication
  • Business Writing
  • English for Marketing
  • Case Studies Discussion
  • Team Building Skills

EBS also offers the following optional individualized language support:

  • Pronunciation Consultations
  • Writing Consultations
  • Conversation Practice Partners

Classes meet approximately twenty hours per week, Monday through Friday. See a typical weekly schedule here. Small class size and student-teacher conferences provide extensive individual attention. Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory, as is the completion of individual and team homework assignments. A certificate is awarded to participants who fulfill all program requirements.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON ATTENDANCE: Attendance at all class sessions, active participation in all classroom activities, and the completion of homework assignments is mandatory for all students. Late arrivals and early departures from the program are not permitted. Any exceptions must be approved IN ADVANCE by the ELI Director and the appropriate U-M Admissions office.

Who Provides the Instruction

The EBS faculty includes members of the English Language Institute’s distinguished faculty – language teaching professionals with experience in the business world and teaching abroad – and academic business experts from U-M’s Ross School of Business and other distinguished programs.

Language and Culture Beyond the Classroom

The EBS program is committed to extending participants’ use of English outside of regular class activities. In addition to course-related assignments, co-curricular activities include a team task addressing a local or global issue, sponsored by the Ross Business School’s Center for Social Impact, a day of experiential team-building activities at U-M's Challenge program, site visits to local businesses, social and networking opportunities, and an introduction to the resources at Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Prepare for Your MBA Program

The best way to prepare yourself for the demands of your MBA is to attend the English Language Institute’s English for Business Studies (EBS) program. It is a rigorous, intellectually-challenging experience which provides training and practice not only in language and communication in the business school context, but also in the analytical and interactional skills needed to participate confidently in classes and in your professional life. Group projects and team-building exercises help you expand your professional network and refine your personal short- and long-term goals in order to make the most of your MBA program and succeed in today’s global business environment.