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Temple University

Center for American Language and Culture (TCALC) [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]


  • Temple University's Center for American Language and Culture has offered intensive English programs for non-native speakers for over 40 years. Scholarships are available. Please contact the school for eligibility requirements.
  • Conditional and Provisional admission to Temple University offered for qualified students
  • It is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the second largest city on the U.S. east coast.
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Temple University (#44 Top Public Schools, U.S. News & World Report) and the Center for American Language and Culture attract students from all over the world to the historic city of Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States. You can experience the city’s artistic and historic attractions as well as its many restaurants. You can also enjoy the excellent educational resources available at one of America’s top research universities and the many cultural experiences available on and near campus.

      Temple’s IELP, founded in 1974, has a long tradition of helping students build their reading, writing and speaking skills in English, through seven- week sessions offered six times per year.

      Whichever program you select, you will have the opportunity to participate in excursions to nearby destinations such as New York City; Washington, D.C.; the beach town of Ocean City, New Jersey; and the Pocono Mountains.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1974
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA / MSCHE
      Enrollment : 350
      Average Class Size : 16
      Airport Pickup : Available from School
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Urban
      Transportation : Bus, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from Temple University’s Center for American Language and Culture! Students find a warm, welcoming staff and experienced instructors at the Center. We care deeply that our students learn the English language they need to reach their goals and also enjoy the cultural opportunities that they provide. Located on Temple University's main campus in Philadelphia, the Center benefits from Temple resources and facilities such as a state-of-the-art Tech Center, recreation center and library system. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, students can also take advantage of what the city has to offer, which is in close proximity to New York City, Washington D.C. and Ocean City, NJ. We cannot wait to meet you!

      Jackie McCafferty
      Center for American Language and Culture
      Temple University
    • Temple University
      Center for American Language and Culture

      1938 Liacouras Walk, Suite 303
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19122  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (215) 204-7899
      FAX: +1 (215) 204-7899
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • Students in the Center can enjoy flexible housing for students in short-term programs, featuring fully-furnished apartment suites and no obligation to sign a full-year’s lease. Students may also take advantage of homestay, the opportunity to live and practice their English every day with an American family. Students can also choose to live in off-campus student apartments near Temple University or in another one of Philadelphia’s vibrant neighborhoods.
    • Surrounding Area
    • Philadelphia, where Temple University is located, is the 2nd largest city on the U.S. east coast. 1.5 million people call it home. Philadelphia was the United States' first capital. Today, the city is rich in culture, history, art, nature, shopping, and entertainment. Students can attend music performances, cheer on professional sports teams, explore famous museums, visit historical sites, shop at trendy boutiques, and much, much more! Philadelphia is located between New York and Washington, D.C., and within easy travel distance to Boston, Baltimore, and the Atlantic Ocean beaches. Join the IELP on one its many excursions to local and regional attractions.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1884, Temple University is a public university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that includes 17 schools and colleges, nine campuses, more than 140 degree offerings and 39,000 students. In addition to its multiple campuses in the United States, Temple also has international campuses in Rome, Tokyo, Singapore and London. Temple is the 38th largest university in the United States and the 4th largest provider of professional education in the country.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to Temple University is available for students who academically qualified for
      undergraduate admissions with a TOEFL score below 65, or an IELTS score below a 5.5, or NO test
      scores. Students will have the opportunity to earn real college credits that count toward their
      undergraduate degree while improving their English. For more information, please click here.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Language Program (IELP)

    • Overview
    • The Center's Intensive English Language Program (IELP) offers courses at all proficiency levels from beginner to advanced. Classes focus on improving reading, writing, listening and speaking skills in English.

      The reading class is designed to help students improve both reading speed and comprehension and helps prepare students for coursework that they may expect when attending university classes.

      The IELP’s writing class assists students in understanding academic material and helps them become familiar with academic writing techniques.

      The listening/speaking class focuses on fluency, pronunciation and vocabulary development.
      In addition to the core classes offered, students choose from a variety of enrichment classes that provide targeted instruction on particular skills such as grammar, TOEFL preparation, and presentation skills. The IELP also offers students short courses which focus on speaking fluency and cultural competence. Learn about American movies and television, public art in Philadelphia, American games, or idioms and slang. An added benefit of the Short Course is that is provides language learners opportunities to interact with teachers, classmates and people in the city.

      *Applications are due 5 days before the start of a session if you are already in the U.S. on a valid visa.
      ** Scholarships are available. Please contact the school for more information.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 16 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 10 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 7,14,21,28 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Graduate
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Homestay
      Off-Campus Residence
      IELP Short-Term Housing
    • Dates
    • 2021
      7 WEEKS:
      6/28 - 8/13
      Apply by 6/2
      8/30 - 10/15
      Apply by 7/27
      10/25 - 12/10
      Apply by 9/22

      14 WEEKS:
      6/28 - 10/15
      Apply by 6/2

      21 WEEKS:
      6/28 - 12/10
      Apply by 6/2

    • Costs
      US$ 100
      TUITION FEE (2021)
      7 WEEKS US$ 3,230
      14 WEEKS US$ 6,460
      21 WEEKS US$ 9,690
      28 WEEKS US$ 12,920
      US$ 285 (Homestay ONLY)
      7-28 WEEKS US$ 1900 Per Session Contact Program US$ 1550 Per Session
      Airport Pickup Service
      Free Airport Pickup Provided - Send Arrival Details to School
      US$ 200 Per Session
      Health Insurance
      US$ 192 Per Session
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Prices listed are for full-time study. Part-time study is permitted at a lower tuition rate.
      Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Homestay fees include some meals.
  • Location
    • United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • Location
      Temple University
      Center for American Language and Culture

      1938 Liacouras Walk, Suite 303 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19122  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Philadelphia International Airport:
      School provides a free pick up service that brings students directly to campus in approximately 20 minutes.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.3
      School Environment: 5.0
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.5
      Activities and Social Life: 5.0
      Accommodation: 2.5


    • There are 4 reviews for this school

    • Philomene Bado Kanzame
      [ West Africa, Burkina Faso, Age 50, Female ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      IELP Experience
      At IELP, I learned more than English. I learned American culture and language. I was not just a student, but a member of the IELP family. It was wonderful to see how, people who didn't know each other before, help each other to move forward together. This environment promotes good academic results. I like the new name: Temple Center for American Language and Culture.
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      [ Kuwait City, Kuwait, Age 18, Female ]
      2 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      Nice Experience
      Studying at the IELP was a nice experience and it helped me to overcome 'culture shock' and the homesickness. People at IELP from employees, students workers, to teachers were all so friendly, Moreover, the weekly trips and events were so much fun. I felt that they taught me how to live in the US.
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      A Former Student
      [ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Age 19, Male ]

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      [ Madrid, España, Age 22, Male ]
      3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      Recomiendo este programa a todo el que quiera venir. Hay estudiantes de todo el mundo, los profesores están muy formados y el ambiente en la universidad es muy bueno. Mi experiencia aquí ha sido excelente.
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