Short Term Programs

Short-term English Programs

Millersville University hosts two summer institutes as well as a number of 2-8 week, short-term programs every winter and summer. The Office of International programs and Services welcomes international students to study on our small and safe campus, here in historical Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Short-term programs offer the opportunity to take academic English preparation and experience American cultural immersion. Students will also visit local organizations and businesses, engage in service learning opportunities and make weekend visits to local and regional landmarks.

Topics include:

  • Intensive Academic English
  • English for Specific Purposes (such as business, health sciences, STEM, etc.)
  • School Administrator Program
  • Teacher Training
  • Test Preparation (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT, etc.)
  • American Culture
  • College Immersion (for high school students)

Contact Information:

Office Hourse: Monday to Friday 8:30AM - 4:30PM
Phone: (717) 871-7506

Standard Programs

Culture and Language Summer Institute

Participate on a cultural immersion and English language-focused program during one or two 5-week summer sessions. Participants visit local sites and regional excursions. This program is not credit-bearing but includes 50-75 teaching hours for the learning components. Students receive a Certificate of Completion. Participants are expected to have an intermediate English language proficiency.

Academic Summer Institute

Take an academic class during one or two 5-week summer sessions. Participants visit local sites and regional excursions. This program is credit-bearing and students may expect to receive 3 or 4 credits per session. Students will receive an official Millersville University transcript. Participants are expected to have English proficiency. 

Intensive English

This program is designed for students who would like to participate in our rigorous, academic English program, but are not able to attend for a full 16 week (Fall & Spring) session. This short term program is focused on improving listening, reading, writing, speaking, pronunciation and grammar. This program runs during the summer and is 15 hours per week. The standard program lasts 5 weeks for one session or 10 weeks for two sessions. Participants are expected to have an intermediate English language proficiency.

Customized Programs

College Immersion

This 3-week college immersion program is designed for international high school students who are non-native speakers. The program is designed to prepare students for applying to an American university. Students will meet with admissions counselors and learn about the college application process. Participants will have approximately four college campus visits, while also getting the opportunity to explore Lancaster and area attractions. Students must be 15 years old or higher.

English for Specific Purposes

This 4-week program will enhance cross-cultural communication skills of participants. They will have the opportunity to gain specialized vocabulary in business, health sciences, STEM professions, and other fields. Participants will have the opportunity to visit and observe community partners and businesses. This program can be customized based on participant needs.

School Administrator Program

This professional development program is meant for K-12 and university-level school administrators, as well as independent consultants. Participants will gain insight into U.S. college administration, including student and academic affairs, and other daily operations and challenges of a school campus. This program can be customized based on participant needs.

Teacher Training

In this unique program, teachers will get the opportunity to improve English language skills by participating in language teaching seminars focusing on second language acquisition theories. They will observe TESOL-trained instructors and gain new strategies necessary to teach English in a non-native context.

Test Preparation

In this program, test-takers may improve their score on English language and other exams, such as TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, or GMAT, by learning test-taking strategies and techniques. The strategies presented are designed to assist students in completing the exam in a timely fashion and achieving better results.

Customized Programs

The ELI offers customized, short-term English programs for groups of 6 or more participants. Cost for programs vary based on customizations and number of participants. Program fees include airport transportation to and from our campus, comprehensive orientation and reception, lodging and meals, 15 hours of instruction per week, required study materials, some cultural excursions and a farewell reception.