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Drexel University

English Language Center [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Free one-on-one tutoring and academic advising for all students
  • Conditional admission to Drexel University through the International Gateway program
  • Located in one of America’s first and largest cities – Philadelphia which is halfway between New York City and Washington DC

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  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The English Language Center (ELC) at Drexel University was established in 1989 to provide students from around the world with outstanding English language instruction for academic, professional or personal success.The ELC encourages intercultural understanding, provides support and guidance for issues outside of the classroom and builds students’ confidence to adapt to university life and American culture.

      The ELC has full accreditation from CEA (The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation) and is a proud member of UCIEP (University and College Intensive English Programs), an independent consortium of university and college-administered intensive English Programs in the United States, and EnglishUSA (the American Association of Intensive English Programs) which promote professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs.
    • DATA
    • Type : Private University
      Establishment : 1989
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP, EnglishUSA / CEA
      Enrollment : 100 - 150
      Average Class Size : 10-12
      Student Adviser : Available
      Airport Pickup : Homestay Only
      Internet Access : On-Campus
      Tuition : Medium
      Activities : Available Each Term
      Location : Urban
      Transportation : Bus, Subway, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • We want to welcome you as you make lifetime friends from around the world at the Drexel University English Language Center (ELC). At the ELC, you will get personal attention in small classes taught by our experienced teachers with master’s in TESOL. Many of our students acquire the language skills to move on to graduate and undergraduate study through our conditional admissions programs, while others join us for short term language, teacher training, and cultural experiences. Our American Cultural Connections® activities give you chances to use your English as you explore Philadelphia and the nearby cities of New York and Washington DC.
      Tobie Hoffman
      Director, English Language Center
    • CONTACT INFORMATION
    • Drexel University
      English Language Center

      229 North 33rd Street
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19104  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (215) 895-2022
      FAX: +1 (215) 895-6775
      E-mail: elc@drexel.edu
      Website: http://www.drexel.edu/elc/
  • More Details
    • Student Countries of Origin
    • Since 1989, the English Language Center has welcomed students from over 100 countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa.
    • Faculty Qualifications
    • ELC instructors are highly-qualified, experienced professionals. Each instructor holds at least a master's degree in ESL, linguistics or in a related field while some have earned doctoral degrees. Instructors at the ELC are actively involved in local and national professional organizations and regularly present papers at educational conferences. Several instructors have published ESL-related textbooks and articles.
    • Housing
    • Several housing options are available to students attending the ELC.

      - Homestays offer the opportunity to practice English and experience American culture. They feature private rooms, self-serve breakfast each day and at least 3 family-style sit-down dinners a week.
      - International House is a large dormitory-style residence with shared and private rooms 15 minutes walking distance from Drexel ELC.
      - University City Axis is a student residence located minutes from the ELC. Rooms are spacious and fully-furnished.
      - Drexel Residence Halls is available to students in the Drexel International Gateway program only. Students live on-campus in university dormitories.

      It is best to arrange housing as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. Housing reservations must be made directly with the providers. Visit the ELC website or contact us for more information.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The Drexel campus is ideally situated in the University City area, a residential and educational community located just minutes by bus or subway from Philadelphia's historic, artistic and cultural Center City district. The first capital of the United States, Philadelphia is now the nation’s 5th largest city and one of its most historical. It is also less expensive to live in than other large U.S. cities, making it especially attractive to students. “Philly,” as the city is affectionately known, offers a wide variety of cultural, recreational and entertainment opportunities, as well as tax-free shopping at local stores, malls, and nearby designer outlets. Sports lovers can cheer on Philadelphia's professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey teams throughout the year. Philadelphia's location offers a temperate climate and four distinct seasons. Spring and fall are especially pleasant due to the warm winds off the Atlantic Ocean. Low-cost bus lines and the Amtrak station close to campus provide easy travel to New York City, Washington, D.C. and Boston. The nearby Pocono Mountains and New Jersey beaches are less than a 2-hour drive from the Drexel campus.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1891, Drexel University is one of America’s 15 largest private universities and has been ranked among the nation’s Top 100 best universities for nearly a decade by U.S. News & World Report. Drexel is best known for starting one of the nation’s largest and oldest cooperative-education programs. Through the Drexel Co-op program, students gain on-the-job training with employers worldwide while earning their degree.

      Drexel University is comprised of four campuses and is home to 17 schools and colleges including arts and sciences, computing and informatics, media arts and design, engineering, business, and law.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Academically qualified students that do not meet the TOEFL or IELTS requirement for admission to Drexel University can receive conditional admission through the Drexel International Gateway program. Students with TOEFL scores 53-78+ or IELTS 5.0-6.0+ are eligible. Conditional admission to partner universities is also available for qualified students who complete the Intensive English program. No TOEFL score is required. For more information, go to http://drexel.edu/elc/elc_programs/overview/ or contact us at elc@drexel.edu.
  • Courses
    • Intensive English Program

    • About This Course
    • The ELC offers four 11-week sessions of Intensive English classes per year. Half-term (6 week) sessions are also available. Students receive 21 hours of in-class instruction per week and can also attend one-on-one tutoring sessions free of charge. Academic advising for university study in the U.S. is also available to all students. Small, interactive classes are emphasized. The majority of classes have an average of 10 to 12 students; the largest have 15.

      The program offers 6 levels of English classes, from beginning to advanced. Students can successfully complete one level during an 11-week term. The curriculum focuses on preparing students for academic success at Drexel or other universities, developing professional skills for work, and building cultural awareness.

      An orientation program at the start of each session helps new students learn about ELC classes and activities; meet their teachers, classmates and ELC staff; tour the Drexel campus and Philadelphia; and learn about living in the U.S. and staying safe and healthy. During orientation, students take English language placement tests to help determine the levels best suited to their abilities. At the end of each 6 or 11-week term, students who have successfully completed all course requirements are awarded a certificate of completion.

      There are 15 hours of Listening/Speaking and Reading/Writing and 3 hours of Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced Grammar classes each week. Students also take a 3-hour Special Topic course on specific skills including vocabulary development, oral presentations, and TOEFL or IELTS preparation.

      Students with high intermediate to advanced level English proficiency may select courses from among four tracks of the Intensive English Program: Intensive English, Global Business English (GLOBE), Language of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), and Language of Media & Design.

      Outside the classroom, Drexel ELC offers cultural and language exchange programming for international students. This includes:

      - Language exchange with native English speakers through the Conversation Network
      - Trips to Philadelphia-area historic sites and cultural events, shopping centers and
      professional sports venues
      - On-campus events and recreational activities
      - Volunteer opportunities
    • Course Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 10-12 students
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 6 - 11 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 years old
      REQUIREMENT: Only full-time students are allowed to enroll
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 issued upon request
      HOUSING: Homestay
      Off Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2018
      6 WEEKS:
      1/10 - 2/164/4 - 5/116/27 - 8/38/1 - 9/7
      11 WEEKS:
      1/10 - 3/234/4 - 6/156/27 - 9/710/1 - 12/13
      2019
      11 WEEKS:
      1/14 - 3/224/8 - 6/147/1 - 9/6
    • Fees
    • APPLICATION FEE
      US $100
      TUITION FEE (2017-2018)
      6 WEEKS US $3,024
      11 WEEKS US $5,040
      HOUSING
      PLACEMENT FEE
      US $285 (Homestay Only)
      HOUSING FEE
      LENGTH HOMESTAY DORMITORY / ON-CAMPUS APARTMENT OFF-CAMPUS RESIDENCE
      6-11 WEEKS US $868 per month N/A US $600-1,300 per month
      Airport Pickup Service
      Arranged by Student
      University Fees
      us $150 (11 weeks)
      Health Insurance
      US $463 (11 weeks); US $236 (6 weeks)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Insurance costs are approximate.
      *Housing reservations must be made directly with the providers. Information is available on the ELC website.

      **Spaces fill up quickly, so please apply as soon as possible to make sure you have the best chance of attending Drexel ELC during the term you choose.
    • Drexel International Gateway

    • About This Course
    • Drexel International Gateway is an undergraduate conditional admission program. Gateway provides qualified students with a foundation year of academic and English language courses in preparation for full-time university study. Students take university courses worth up to 21 credits as well as intensive academic English courses. Students also participate in Intercultural Community Bridge – a program that connects international students and domestic students through conversation and activities within the community. Students that successfully complete the Gateway program receive full admission to Drexel University.

      One-on-one academic advising and tutoring is available for all students. Small, interactive classes are emphasized. Applicants can apply to most of the undergraduate majors available at Drexel University. Available majors include: Business, Finance, Fashion Design, Engineering, Computer Science, and many more.

      Admission to International Gateway is in the Fall (September) and Winter (January) quarter only. Fall admission period is January through June. Winter admission period is September through November. To be eligible for admission, applicants must:
      1. meet the minimum GPA and admission prerequisites for Drexel University
      2. have TOEFL scores (53-78+) or IELTS scores (5.0-6.0+). Students with other scores (SAT, ACT, PTE, Trinity ISE, etc.) should contact us to determine if their scores are acceptable

      Please check the application deadline and detailed eligibility requirements before submitting your application. If you have questions or want more information, please email gateway@drexel.edu

      Note: Enrollment in this program does not constitute admission to any other program at Drexel University.
    • Course Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 8 – 15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 1 Level
      COURSE LENGTH: 33 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 years old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma / Certificate and TOEFL 53-78+ or IELTS 5.0-6.0+
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 issued upon request
      HOUSING: Dormitory
      Homestay
      Off Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2018
      33 WEEKS:
      1/4 - 9/1


    • Fees
    • APPLICATION FEE
      US $100
      TUITION FEE (2017-2018)
      33-45 WEEKS US $27,660-39,660
      HOUSING
      PLACEMENT FEE
      US $285 (Homestay Only)
      HOUSING FEE
      LENGTH HOMESTAY DORMITORY / ON-CAMPUS APARTMENT OFF-CAMPUS RESIDENCE
      6-11 WEEKS US $868 per month Available US $600-1,300 per month
      Airport Pickup Service
      Arranged by Student
      University Fees
      US $2,615
      Health Insurance
      US $1,294
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Health insurance costs are approximate.
      *Housing reservations must be made directly with the providers. Information is available on the ELC website.

      Note: Enrollment in this program does not constitute admission to any other program at Drexel University.

  • Location
    • United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Location
      Drexel University
      English Language Center

      229 North 33rd Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19104  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Philadelphia International Airport:
      Taxis and shuttle vans are available at the airport. A taxi ride takes approximately 20 minutes costs and $30 plus 15% tip. Shuttle vans are less expensive but the trip can take longer. Airport pick-up service is available to homestay students for US$70. The campus is also accessible by both bus and train.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 3.9
      School Environment: 3.9
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.2
      Activities and Social Life: 3.6
      Accommodation: 3.6

      3.9

    • There are 16 reviews for this school

    • Student
      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 26, Male ]  2010/4/16
      17 of 17 people found the following review helpful.
      Good Environment for Beginners
      I found Drexel University's English Language Center a particularly good environment for beginning English speakers. I highly recommend this program based on my experience.
      Was this review helpful to you? Yes  No 


      學生
      [ 台灣, 台灣, Age 20, Female ]  2009/3/8

    • Below you will find additional reviews in other languages.
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      Shizuka
      [ 徳島県, 日本, Age 32, Female ]  2014/6/13
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      充実した教授陣の授業と安全なキャンパス。
      ドレクセルELCでは安全で十分な英語学習ができます。先生達が能力も優秀で、人格もすばらしいことに驚かされました。クラスは入学後のテストで6つのレベルに分けられます。授業は90分×3コマのwriting、speaking、文法or語彙です。予約制で1対1で先生の指導を受けることもできます。授業は最大15人までです。私はドレクセル大とペンシルバニア大を迷ったのですが、両校は徒歩15分の近さということもあり、なんと語学コースの先生がほとんど同じなのです。私もライティングはペンシルバニア大の先生に教えてもらいました。宿題が大変多いので、力が付きます。深夜まで長文のエッセイを書いて提出したりしました。留学した時期はサウジアラビアの学生が半分、他には多い順に中国、ブラジル、韓国、ロシアでした。日本人はたった2人でした。毎月遠足があり、ニューヨークや水族館、野球観戦などに行くことができます。


      元留学生
      [ 山口, 日本, Age 23, Female ]  2009/10/19
      6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
      思った以上に満足
      ELCは1から6にクラスのレベルが分かれています。(レベル6が一番上級クラス)レベルが上がるにつれ宿題が多くなる傾向があるようです。どの授業も先生方がフィードバックを下さり、学びたい意欲を満たしてくれると思います。週末にはだいたい2週間に1度Day Tripがあります。参加は自由で、タームの始めだけでなく随時申し込み出来ます。私が宿泊したWorld Houseは主に東洋人が多く、台湾人・タイ人・日本人・トルコ人でした。


      Estudiante Anterior
      [ Oaxaca, Mexico, Age 19, Male ]  2009/12/16
      3 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      Buena escuela
      Es una buena escuela, pero creo que por ser llamado el curso como intensivo, se deben organizar mas horarios para clases y actividades extras. En el aspecto academico es bueno, los maestros te tratan bien y el ambiente es muy agradable y amigable. Creo que deben de hacer algo para inducir a personas de otros paises a venir, no solo de asia y arabia.


      吳奕辰
      [ 台北, 台灣, Age 21, Male ]  2009/3/6


      정태호
      [ 인천, 대한민국, Age 27, Male ]  2009/3/6


      익명
      [ 창원, 한국, Age 28, Male ]  2009/3/5


      Cóndor
      [ Loja, Ecuador, Age 35, Female ]  2016/12/27


      Alejandro Raposo Casado
      [ Madrid, España, Age 23, Male ]  2016/9/4


      學生
      [ 高雄, 台灣, Age 25, Female ]  2009/6/26


      Sherry Tsai
      [ Yunlin, Taiwan ]  2009/3/10


      學生
      [ 台北, 台灣, Age 23, Female ]  2009/3/8


      學生
      [ 台北市, 台灣 ]  2009/3/6


      Irina Lu
      [ Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C, Age 29, Female ]  2009/3/6


      익명
      [ 서울, 한국, Age 20, Female ]  2017/9/8
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