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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
    • 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
      E-mail: tcalc@temple.edu
      Website: https://tcalc.temple.edu
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • Surrounding Area
    • About the College/University
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Language Program (IELP)

    • Overview
    • 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
    • 2022
      7 WEEKS:
      8/29 - 10/14
      Apply by 7/24
      10/24 - 12/9
      Apply by 9/19

    • Costs
      US$ 100
      TUITION FEE (2021 - 2022)
      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
  • 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: 4.4
      School Environment: 5.0
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.6
      Activities and Social Life: 5.0
      Accommodation: 2.5


    • There are 5 reviews for this school

    • Philomene Bado Kanzame
      [ West Africa, Burkina Faso, Age 50, Female ]
      2 of 3 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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      Adriana López
      [ Ciudad de México, México, Age 36, Female ]
      Una gran experiencia
      Una gran experiencia

      [ 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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