English Today for University Level Students


Program Description

About US

As part of the English Today program, you will build your English language skills through Discover America excursions, weekday classes, and weekend trips and activities. You will live on the Tufts campus in a college dorm with students from across the globe and learn about the US college experience. The afternoon and weekend excursions include visits to local universities, museums and recreational sites where you will become more fully acquainted with American culture and develop the confidence to use your new English language skills. Through the Tufts English Today program, we’ll help you make the most of your summer in Boston with a combination of classes and extracurricular activities.

Program Dates

Summer 2020 6 Weeks 4 Weeks
Arrival Date June 27-28 July 11-12
Program Dates June 28- August 7 July 12- August 7
Departure Date August 8 August 8


Program Curriculum

Core Class

In your core class, you will focus on effective communication in English, working to strengthen your speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills. Classes include preparation for the Discover America excursions. You will be grouped in small classes (under 18 students) according to English ability (beginner/intermediate/advanced).

Special Interest Topics Class

In your Special Interest Topics class, you will build confidence and ease with English by focusing on one of a wide variety of topics. Topics are personalized and individualized to meet the interests of each class. Topics are decided upon each year based on student interest. Possible special interest topics in the past have included Current Events, American Idioms and Culture, History, and Culture of Boston, TOEFL Preparation, Innovation and Innovators, and Novel Study.

(Optional) Afternoon Workshop

English Today University students are invited to participate in our optional workshop program for an additional fee. The workshop meets in the afternoon and provides students with additional English language preparation activities. These include pronunciation, speaking, vocabulary, writing skills and cross-cultural communication. Students who choose this option will not participate in the afternoon excursions in Boston on workshop days.


Should you need additional support, our program staff can arrange tutoring sessions to complement our intensive academic program.


Program Activities

Discover America Excursions

Each week English Today University students will participate in the Discover America excursions led by instructors. Past Discover America excursions have included visits to the DeCordova Art Museum and Sculpture Park, Lowell Mills National Historical Park, John Joseph Moakley Federal Court House, Boston Tea Party Museum & Ships and Fenway Stadium - Home of the Boston Red Sox. Through the Discover America excursions, you will build your knowledge of the culture and history of America.

Weekend Excursions

Most afternoons and each weekend you can participate in off-campus excursions to Boston and the surrounding neighborhoods. Residential Counselors lead trips to local beaches, museums, shopping outlets, historical sites, universities, amusement parks, and community events as well as organize on-campus sports, crafts and entertainment activities. There are always lots of activities to keep you busy when your not studying.

Last updated Nov 2019

About the School

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