Spend a summer learning English in beautiful Vermont

For students 17 and older, who wish to improve their English proficiency, academic skills, and test scores before starting university, the typical Saint Michael’s College summer program provides language training and academic skills development through content-based classes.  These courses are designed to increase students’ overall proficiency in English as well as their scores on standardized tests such as TOEFL or IELTS.

  • Reading, vocabulary, writing, and grammar
  • Listening and speaking development
  • American culture
  • Authentic introduction to university learning
  • Extra-curricular and weekend activities
  • Academic advising and university admission counseling
  • 5 hours/week of classroom instruction
  • Average class size:12

Customized programs are available for groups.

The typical daily schedule of the July-August session is as follows:

“Core” Classes (9:00-11:30 am, Monday-Friday)
Core classes comprise Reading, Vocabulary, Writing, and Grammar. Students choose from a variety of content-based topics that are widely explored in university settings.  Recent course offerings include Exploring Social Justice, “This I believe,” “The Hunger Games,” “ Into the Wild,” The Lost Boys of Sudan,” Comparative Religions, Cultural Intelligence, English Through Literature, Movers, Shakers, and Headline Makers, and What is Utopia?

Oral Skills (1:00-3:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
Oral Skills classes also follow a content-based approach that focuses on a popular movie, which is used as listening material as well as a catalyst for discussion and pronunciation work. Students come away speaking more precisely and confidently with knowledge of American culture which will help navigate their future university life. Recent course offerings include “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” “Hairspray,” “Exploring Social Media,” and “The Pursuit of Happyness.”

Special Topics (1:00-3:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursday)
Students choose courses with an “academic skills” orientation, courses with practical outcomes, or courses that are just plain fun. Content-based Special Topics courses are designed to provide an authentic introduction to university study as well as the natural and cultural environment of Vermont. Students enjoy field trips to explore their topics in greater depth. Based on students’ preferences, topics may include the following:

  • Discover Vermont
  • Service Learning
  • What Makes us Human
  • World Politics and Current Events
  • Creative Writing
  • U.S. Culture
  • Vocabulary and Idioms — Understanding U.S. “Slang” Phrases and Colloquial Speech

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Students experience the program as university students with access to campus student biking on campus at Saint Michael’s Collegefacilities, including the library, technology centers, maker’s space, dining hall, student center and much more. Evening and weekend activities are organized. Accommodations are in one of our premium residences.

Saint Michael’s College is located in the scenic Green Mountains of Vermont in New England. Our campus is minutes away from downtown Burlington and a drive away from such world-class cities as Boston, Montreal, and New York. Burlington is Vermont’s largest city and a true cultural center. Named one of the top 10 college towns in the United States by The Princeton Review, the city is home to great shopping at the Church Street Marketplace; a lively music scene featuring all genres from rock to classical; professional theater at Saint Michael’s Playhouse and the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts; beautiful Lake Champlain; and thousands of students studying at one of the area’s four universities.

The State of Vermont is consistently rated one of the healthiest and safest states in the U.S. and home to some of the best outdoor activities on the East Coast, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain climbing, biking, and sailing. It is a top tourist destination and described by National Geographic as one of “50 places of a lifetime.” Travelers from around the world come to Vermont for its outstanding ski resorts, stunning fall foliage and beautiful scenery.

Summer 2020

ArrivalClasses StartLast DaySession LengthTuitionRoom & BoardTotal
May 16May 18August 712 weeks$6,540$5,400$11,940
May 16May 18June 266 weeks$3,270$2,770$5,970
June 27June 29August 76 weeks$3,270$2,770$5,970
June 27June 29July 173 weeks$2,130$1,755$3,885
July 18July 20August 73 weeks$2,130$1,755$3,885

Includes: Tuition, Accommodations, Orientation, English language activities, access to university facilities and activities, Airport transfer, Academic and Career Counseling, Health insurance and access to college health center, 3 meals/day, Linen and bedding

  • Designed for students with high intermediate or intermediate English.
  • Complete the application for the Intensive English Program
  • Must be 17 or older (16 allowed with permission)
  • No TOEFL/IELTS scores are required
  • International students will study on F1 student visa

For more information and for customized group packages, contact the Director of English Language Programs at ELP@smcvt.edu.