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American Culture and Language

Language and Culture Track at a Glance

American Culture and Language is one of two focus tracks that students can focus on during their afternoon classes. Students must enroll in the English Language Institute to participate in the American Culture and Language afternoon session.

Dates and Tuition can be found on the English Language Institute homepage. 

Students studying English as a second language will find the English Language Institute at Summer at Sem to be the perfect place to further their mastery of the English language. The program is designed for students who have studied some English as a foreign language or who have had some other form of exposure to the English language.

The American Culture and Language focus allows students to study academic writing and American culture. This focus track is ideal for students who are attending a school in the United States and are looking to familiarize themselves with types of classroom writing, as well as gaining a better understanding of the habits, ideals, and customs of Americans.

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Daily Schedule

8:00-8:45 Breakfast
9:00-11:30  English Language class
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-15:00 Afternoon elective classes
15:30-17:00 Afternoon Activities
17:30-18:15 Family-style dinner
20:00-22:00 Supervised study hall
22:00 Dormitory check-in
23:00 Lights out

Afternoon Activities

Activities provide a chance to develop skills and interests, and in a community like Summer at Sem, they become an enriching multicultural experience. During free time, the gyms, fields, tennis courts and pool are available for informal recreation.


Students maintain a busy agenda of excursions and activities each weekend. Trips to Philadelphia and New York allow students to experience larger cities on the East Coast. Students combine weekend excursions with attendance at Summer at Sem Creative Arts concerts. Supporting your dorm neighbors or roommate as they perform is a common weekend activity.

Admission Guidelines


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: Application Details). 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.

Pricing and Payment


The fees cover all expenses: lodging, meals, educational instruction and entertainment. Students should allow additional funds for personal expenses such as shopping and personal care. Sturdy walking shoes are required for the Experiental Travel Session.


Upon acceptance, students must submit a non-refundable deposit or full payment to confirm their intention to enroll. Fees and other charges are payable as billed. All financial obligations must be satisfied before the student arrives on campus.

Financial aid information is available upon request. Interested families can obtain a financial aid application by indicating interest on the admission application or by contacting the Summer at Sem office.


• A fee of $350 for mandatory health insurance and linens will be charged to each student.

• Ground transportation to and from campus is available at an additional fee.

• Dorm room key deposit: $100 (refundable to student if key and fob are returned at end of session)

• Refund policy: refunds (total payment minus enrollment deposits, application and registration fees) will be granted until two weeks prior to the beginning of any program.


How to Pay

Please read the options below to learn more about payment choices. Fees for other charges are payable as billed. All financial obligations must be satisfied before the student may begin classes. School documentation (report cards, transcripts, etc.) will not be released until all tuition and fees have been paid in full. Wyoming Seminary financial aid grants will be subtracted from tuition, room and board fees.

Option One - Diamond Mind

Diamond Mind offers a secure, online payment system for enrollment deposits and tuition & fees. You may choose to make payments via credit card (MasterCard, American Express, Visa or Discover) or electronic checks (ACH). Please click here to enter the ePayment Portal.

Option Two - Bank Wire Transfers

International and domestic bank wire transfers may be made. For more information, please contact the Summer Programs Office at 570-270-2161.

Option Three - Send a Check

Payments by check may be mailed to:
Wyoming Seminary
Summer at Sem
201 N. Sprague Avenue
Kingston, PA 18704

Application Details

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