Summer English Language Program

Thank you to our 2023 Summer English Language Program participants for a wonderful two weeks! Information about the Summer 2024 program will be available in late Spring of 2024. Please contact Dr. Joy Shuyuan Liu, Assistant Director of English Language Support, at [email protected] with any questions about the program or other language supports for international and multilingual graduate students. 

The Summer English Language Program is a two-week pre-orientation program that aims to equip incoming international graduate students for whom English is not a primary language with the language skills to feel confident and successful in navigating their academic contexts. By the end of the program, participants will practice social and academic English language skills in low-stakes contexts, receive direct and tailored feedback from English Language Support, connect with staff and university resources and services, and interact with other graduate students from a variety of academic disciplines.

Two students talk about a painting while peers sit in a semicircle and listen

2023 ELP participants share ideas at the RISD museum

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the program free? 

Yes! The English Language Program (ELP) is a free and optional summer pre-orientation program for incoming international graduate students. It is offered in collaboration with the Graduate School and part of the free programmatic and individual supports provided by Writing and English Language Support (WELS) at Brown.

Materials, some lunches, and fees for any site visits will be provided. Participants should plan to secure their own housing and any transportation to and from the program site prior to the program start date. 

What topics are covered?

The topics are formulated by considering the most frequently raised inquiries from international graduate students and the everyday communicative needs of students in their academic disciplines. Throughout the program, participants are oriented to key knowledge and skills for competent and confident participation in a range of essential academic communicative events and genres, including email writing, small talk, academic discussions in classrooms and research group meetings (RGM), relationship building with faculty/advisors, giving academic presentations, and writing with sources. 

Are there any assessments or grades?

No! Since ELP is a support program and not a course, there are no assessments or grades. There are, however, multiple speaking and writing opportunities where participants can collaborate with peers and receive direct feedback from ELS staff.

Can I participate even if I might not be able to attend all the sessions?

Because ELP is an interactive learning experience with a maximum capacity of 25 students, we ask that participants dedicate the time from 9:00 am-12:00 pm ET, Monday-Friday, August 7-18 to the program. We hope that this time frame provides flexibility outside of the program for other commitments. You are welcome to share any information that may support your participation in the program in the “optional” section of the application form. Students who do not participate in the program may be interested in exploring other English Language Support options

Students and staff posing with props in the lobby of the Great Escape Room, Providence, RI

ELP participants and Sheridan staff at the Great Escape Room, Providence


Important 2023 Dates (by 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time)

June 1        ELP application closes

June 7        Invitations sent out to accepted participants

June 10     Deadline to confirm participation

August 7     ELP starts

Five students in front of a bear statue holding one finger to their lips in a "shhh" gesture

2023 ELP participants on a campus scavenger hunt