English Language Institute

American Culture, Language & Travel



Dates July 24, 2022 - August 21, 2022

​$8,750 for residential students

​American Culture, Language and Travel


The English Language Institute (ELI) at Summer at Sem has a dedicated history of English language programs. It has been a worldwide leader in teaching language and culture to international students ages 12-18 for the past thirty years!

The ELI program is part of Wyoming Seminary, an internationally-recognized college preparatory school located in northeastern Pennsylvania. The Institute works in partnership with the English Language Learning (ELL) program at Wyoming Seminary.

Experience Boarding School in the US! Prepare for studying abroad! 

Our four-week residential summer camp is a perfect fit for students looking to study in the United States and improve their language skills in a fun and immersive environment. 

Small class sizes allow teachers to give one on one time to each student in order to support the development of your child’s English language skills.

Students receive one-to-one writing instruction and work with peers and teachers throughout the program.  Students will read model texts and work on grammar, style, spelling, and vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on structure, vocabulary, and the writing process for American schools.

Students build confidence in the essential skills that language learners need to succeed in an academic environment.

Sightsee with your new friends and teachers! Practice your English! 

Students also explore areas in the northeastern United States with their classmates and teachers during the last week of the program. Highlights include college and university visits as well as historical, cultural, and natural sights.



Program Director

​Meet our Director

Jeni Brown

Jennifer Brown has been working with English language learners of all ages since 2001. After graduating with a BA in history from Oakland University, Mrs. Brown relocated to Taipei, Taiwan and taught English learners while continuing to study Mandarin for five years. She then relocated to the United Kingdom to complete her Master’s degree in history while continuing to teach English to young adults from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as well as older members of the Chinese speaking community in Manchester. After graduating, she returned home to the U.S. where she taught in an ESL department in southern California.. For more than a decade, she helped to develop and strengthen one of the few comprehensive high school ESL programs in the country and spearheaded the revival of the English language summer intensive in both Seoul, Korea and Idyllwild, California. In 2018, she joined the Sem community as the new ESL Chair and became the Program Director of the English Language Institute for Summer at Sem.

​​What I like most about this program is that you get to know a lot of different cultures. Sometimes you think you know a culture, but then when you actually get to talk to a person, you get to learn more about it.

​Mitsuki M (Tokyo, Japan)

Helpful Information

Daily Schedule

Want to know what a typical day looks like in the English Language Institute?

Download our schedule as a PDF.

Registration Requirements

A completed registration for the English Language Institute consists of the following information:

  • An online application
  • A copy of the student’s most recent school transcripts or grade report in English
  • A copy of the student’s valid passport

Transcripts and passport copies should be uploaded to the Forms Dashboard in the MySummer Portal.

Please note that registrations will be not be considered complete until all required documents have been received by the Summer Programs Office.

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

In reviewing the qualifications of all applicants, the Admission Committee evaluates the candidate’s scholastic background, study habits, adaptability to an immersion program while abroad, character, intellectual skills, and motivation.

Visa/Travel Information

Wyoming Seminary is only required to offer F1 Visa or I-20 forms to students who will be matriculating to Wyoming Seminary for the Fall Term of the full-year academic calendar.

Students only attending Summer at Sem are able to attend our summer camp programs on a B1/B2 visitor’s visa as outlined in the Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) requirements.

Summer at Sem is happy to provide letters of Visa Support or Port of Entry/Customs Support letters to assist students in their arrival to the United States and our campus.

Medical Information

All students must comply with Pennsylvania school health regulations. A nurse is on-call throughout each day on campus. Enrolled families will be asked to complete the required medical and general permission forms through our electronic medical system prior to their student’s arrival to campus.