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English Language Learning Program

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July 6–AUGUST 2, 2014


Women ages 16 to 20 are eligible to apply

About the Program

The Smith College American College Immersion Program (ACIP) helps international students—for whom English is not a first language—succeed in an American college or university.

Smith College has contracted with the International Language Institute of Massachusetts to bring English language instruction to the Smith campus. During the four-week program, students receive 15 hours of language instruction weekly and will have the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in life on an American Campus.

To ensure the program is equally rigorous for all ability levels, students are divided into groups of 10, each group with its own instructors. Language instruction is accompanied by intensive work in reading and writing comprehension. Strong writing skills in particular are required for success in American colleges and universities. ACIP writing classes are taught by Smith faculty and staff.

Immersion into American Culture

With the help of Smith College faculty, ACIP students have opportunities to immerse themselves in American culture through off-campus excursions, classroom activities and conversations with community members. From museums to farmers' markets, students will explore similarities and differences across cultures.

In addition to expanding their English language skills, young women in ACIP make new friends, get a taste of college life and get to know an American college town. ACIP participants will live together in a campus house along with interns (Smith undergraduate students), who serve as supervisors, advisers and teaching assistants, and the residential director (a Smith staff person), who is in charge of all aspects of students' residential life.

Northampton, MA

A city just under 30,000 and consistently ranked as one of the best college towns in the United States, Northampton supports a vibrant downtown with shops, restaurants, and galleries. From "Arts Night Out" to grabbing ice cream with friends at Herrells, you and your friends will have no shortage of fun things to do. Two hours (by car) west of Boston and Logan International Airport, Northampton is also just three hours northeast of New York City, and 45 minutes north of Bradley International Airport in Connecticut.




A Weekend in Boston, Massachusetts

The trip will include tours of:

A Trip to Tanglewood

Students will enjoy a performance at Tanglewood, a world-renowned music festival located in Lenox, Massachusetts.

Visits to Colleges Near Smith

Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. With Smith, these institutions make up the Five Colleges, Inc., a consortium that initiates and maintains cooperative academic and cultural programs. All five colleges are within a 12-mile radius of one another.

College Prep: Methods and Philosophy

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted and decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

Interested in further coursework at Smith?

Smith's Visiting Year Programs welcomes competitive applicants to continue studying at Smith for a year or semester taking regular coursework. The stated deadline is July 1, but ACIP students are given till July 22 to apply.

Program cost

Full payment for English Language Learning Program $5,195.00 (includes deposit)