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Language and Culture Track at a Glance

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English Language Institute's Language and Culture Track is one of two tracks available at Summer at Sem's ELI program for international boarding students ages 13-18

4-Week English Language Institute: July 13-August 11, 2019

Tuition $7000


Students studying English as a second language will find Wyoming Seminary’s English Language Institute the perfect place to further their mastery of the English language. The program is designed for students who have either studied some English as a foreign language or who have had some exposure to the English language.

Classes taught at the English Language Institute include a block of language instruction that incorporates listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students are grouped in “whole language” blocks according to their linguistic ability.

The Language and Culture option offers students a diverse set of elective courses to choose from to further define their summer experience. These courses expose students to the basic concepts and vocabulary of important academic disciplines and to teaching styles they will encounter in American boarding schools.

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Daily Schedule

8:00-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00-11:30 a.m. Morning Classes
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-3:00 p.m. Afternoon Classes
3:30-5:00 p.m. Activities
5:30-6:15 p.m. Dinner
8:00-10:00 p.m. Supervised Evening Study
10:30 p.m. Dormitory check-in
11:30 p.m. 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


ELI is open to international students ages 13-18.

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 common terms, greetings and phrases. They must have the ability to comprehend basic instruction, read routine direction signs and understand the rules of community life.

• Advanced students are those who discuss, in English, everyday issues with relative ease. They can read and write non-technical material.


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 must complete the ELI application and submit a school transcript along with two (2) classroom teacher recommendations. Applicants must be between the ages of 13 and 18 to be considered for admission to the ELI.

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 $325 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: $100.00 (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

How to Apply

This section will help you navigate the application process. Once you have been accepted, you will also find information here about how to complete your enrollment.


Apply online

Please note that there is an application fee of $40 for domestic students and $125 for international students.


In addition to your application, supporting documentation is required. Please submit the additional forms below in order to complete your application.

• Two classroom teacher recommendations: online form

• Transcript: please provide a copy of your most recent school transcript/grade report. You may send these forms via the options below:


Fax: (570) 270-2198

Mail: Wyoming Seminary
Summer at Sem
201 N. Sprague Avenue
Kingston, PA 18704 U.S.A.


After acceptance, enrollment forms must be submitted in a timely manner. You must log in to our secure portal to complete the electronic forms. A username and password will be emailed to you and then you may begin the process. Once you have your login credentials, go to MySem.


After enrollment, boarders will need to indicate their travel plans for arriving and departing campus. After completing the travel registration form please browse the boarder handbook.