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English Language Institute

July 18 - August 16, 2020 | $7,300.00

This four week summer camp is designed for international students between the ages of 12 and 18 who are looking for a residential experience at an American boarding school while learning English in a summer immersion program.

The English Language Institute is part of Summer at Sem and Wyoming Seminary, an internationally-recognized college preparatory school based in northeastern Pennsylvania. Summer at Sem is a leader in teaching American culture and language with a rich history in accelerated summer programs full of fun, new friends, and ever-lasting memories.

Our program offers morning language classes that focus on grammar, reading, writing, and speaking. Our afternoon language classes offer a focus in either STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) or American Culture. All classes are grouped based on language ability.

Experiential Travel Session

August 16-23, 2020 | $3,300.00

Extend your stay with our experiential travel session.

Students depart from Wyoming Seminary and travel around the United States East Coast with instructors and friends for a week of travel, excitement, and more.

Visit American colleges and universities, sight-see more of the United States's most popular cities, and enjoy the final days of summer with your new friends. 

The 2019 Experiential Travel Session visited New York City; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Maryland; and Richmond, Virginia. Colleges and universities visited included Columbia University, Georgetown University, and The College of William and Mary.

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2020 Program Dates

Four week English Language Institute: July 18 - August 16, 2020
Experiential Travel Session: August 16-23, 2020


Four week English Language Institute: $7,300.00
Experiential Travel Session: $3,300.00

Tuition includes room and board, meals, and weekend trips. Additional fees for health insurance, linens, and ground transportation will be added to student accounts upon enrollment.
All students wishing to attend ELI must enroll as residential students. Day students are not permitted.

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Prospective Students


The English Language Institute is open to international students ages 12-18.

Wyoming Seminary’s academic tradition is demanding and intense. The most successful students at Summer at Sem’s ELI program are:

• ready for immersion in American culture
• mature enough to endure the challenges of culture shock
• committed to learning English
• interested in making friends from around the world

For admission to Summer at Sem, an ELI student’s English language proficiency must match one of the two descriptions below:

• Beginning and intermediate students should recognize and use basic vocabulary in English. They should have the ability to comprehend basic instruction, read routine directional signs, and understand the rules of community life. All students, including Beginner-level students, should have at least some type of formal English instruction. (Note: Most students have been studying English for at least three years, though this is not required.)

• Advanced students are those who discuss, in English, everyday issues with relative fluency and ease. They can read and write both technical and non-technical material and have a strong foundation in speaking and listening comprehension.


In reviewing the qualifications of all applicants, the Admission Committee evaluates the candidate’s scholastic background, habits of study, adaptability, character, intellectual skills and motivation. Not only does the committee want to be sure that Summer at Sem can serve the student, but also that the student can contribute positively to the school community.

Candidates for the English Language Institute must complete an online application and submit a school transcript along with a classroom teacher recommendation (see: the Applied Students tab). Applicants must be between the ages of 12-18 to be considered for admission.

When all of the required application materials are received, the Selection Committee reviews applications and communicates acceptance or denial to the candidate. A decision will be made within the two weeks following the completion of all application materials.

Wyoming Seminary maintains an open admission policy. Any student, regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, may apply for admission to the school. This policy embodies Wyoming Seminary’s commitment to enriching students’ experience by living in a multicultural school community.

Applied Students

This section outlines the steps needed to complete your application to the English Language Institute. A completed application consists of: 

Note: Transcripts and passport copies should be sent to the Summer Programs office at or faxed to +1 570-270-2198

After your application is complete, the Summer Programs Office will be in touch with an admissions decision and the next steps regarding enrollment and travel plans. 

Additional questions can be sent to

Enrolled Students

Travel Plans: All boarding students are required to fill out the following Travel Forms prior to their arrival on campus.
Please contact our Summer Travel Coordinator, with any questions.

Student Handbook: Please review the summer student handbook carefully with your families prior to arrival on campus. Included are important rules and information about life on our Wyoming Seminary campus. (A PDF will be available at a later date.)
Please contact our Summer Director of Residential Life with any questions.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Gayle Sekel
Director of Summer
Nick Fritz
Associate Director
of Summer Programs
Katie Michaels
Admission Associate 
for Creative Arts


Mailing Address
Wyoming Seminary—Summer at Sem
201 North Sprague Avenue
Kingston, PA 18704-3593 U.S.A.

Fax: 570-270-2198