Sewanee's Academic English Program
June 26 - July 23, 2021

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The Pre-College Academic English Program prepares high school students, ages 14 and up, for success at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend 16 hours each week enhancing their English listening and speaking skills, gaining confidence to lead class discussions, and enhancing their academic reading skills. In addition, students attend workshops on essay writing for university admissions, speaking with admission counselors, finding for the right university “fit,” and many more. Outside of class, students meet with American college students as mentors and explore the 13,000 acres (5,200 hectares) of natural beauty surrounding the university, commonly called “The Domain.”  

The anticipated cost per student for Sewanee's Academic English Program is $4,800. This will cover all tuition, lodging, meals, and transportation associated with the program once students arrive on campus.


The exact dates of the Academic English Program fluctuate each year, but are from late June to late July. Students will live in a residence hall on campus for four weeks and have access to all of the amenities of the University including the library, dining hall, fitness center, computer labs, and classrooms.


Any international student may apply; however, Sewanee's Academic English Program is primarily designed for: 

  • International students who want to improve their Academic English 
  • International students who are interested in applying to a U.S. college or university

Application Requirements

  • Students must be 14 years and older
  • Students must have intermediate English ability
  • Students must be studying at an English-speaking or bilingual secondary school
  • Upon acceptance, students must complete the online Duolingo English Test in order to be placed appropriately. The cost of the assessment is $49.

The University of the South recognizes that international students play an important role in higher education: they enhance the academic and social environment of U.S. colleges and universities, and a U.S. education can prepare them for professional employment and success in whichever country they choose to work. For this reason, Sewanee's Academic English Program is designed to better prepare high school students for university admission, in hopes that university study will positively impact their lives, as well as the lives of others.

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