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Engage in an American Adventure this Summer!

Whether you are a history buff, literature nut, maritime fan, foodie, or art appreciator, Salem’s got it all! Our American Culture and English Immersion program is the perfect seacoast getaway this summer, designed to help learners build confidence in English through authentic, real world language activities as they experience the magic of Salem and the Boston metropolitan area. Our curriculum exposes learners to a wide range of cultural experiences, language, and accents, familiarizing them with English as it is really spoken and used in Massachusetts, one of America’s top destinations for tourists.

Why should you study in our summer American Culture and English Immersion Program?

  • Explore historic, artistic and contemporary sites of Salem, Boston and beyond
  • Increase your understanding of American culture and history
  • Gain knowledge about life as a U.S. university student
  • Build confidence in reading, writing, listening and speaking through interacting with local Americans and other international students
  • Accelerate your learning with curriculum aligned to the College and Career Readiness Standards, Global Scale of English, Common European Framework of Reference, and American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

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Program Information

An average student studying 18 hours a week for 6 weeks (108 total guided learning hours) should be able to make learning gains within the target exit ranges listed below.

Program Level CEFR Entrance CEFR Exit ACTFL Entrance ACTFL Exit GSE Entrance GSE Exit

7

B1

B1

Intermediate High

Intermediate High

47-49

49-51

6

A2+

B1

Intermediate Mid

Intermediate Mid

41-43

44-46

5

A2

A2+

Intermediate Low

Intermediate Mid

36-38

38-40

4

A2

A2

Novice High

Intermediate Low

31-33

33-35

2

A1

A2

Novice High

Novice High

24-27

27-30

1

<A1

A1

Novice Mid

Novice Mid

17-20

20-23

1

<A1

<A1

Novice Low

Novice Low

10-13

13-16

Please note: Levels may be combined at times depending on student enrollment and placement.

  • Integrated Language Skills (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing)
  • American Culture through Art 
  • American Culture through Movies and Music  
  • American Culture through Sports 
  • Discover Salem: English for Tourism  
  • Discover New England Coastal and Marine Life
  • Discover New England History and Literature

Sample Schedule

Time Monday Tuesdsay Wednesday Thursday Friday(optional) Saturday (optional)

9- 11:15 am

Integrated Language Skills

Integrated Language Skills

Integrated Language Skills

Integrated Language Skills

Discover Salem: English through Tourism

 

  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Witch House
  • Volunteer
  • Salem Farmers’ Market

Discover New England: Trips to Boston and Beyond

 

  • Tour MIT or Harvard
  • New England Aquarium
  • Whale watching
  • Boston Harbor Cruise
  • Boston Red Sox Game
  • Hiking

 

 

11:30 am-12 pm

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12-1:55 pm

American Culture through Art and Literature

What’s your American story? The Art of Digital Storytelling

American Culture through Movies and Music

American Culture through Sports

 

Punto Urban Art Museum

 

Artist’s Row

Salem Heritage Trail

Salem Witch Museum

Free Afternoon with Conversation Partner

 

The House of the Seven Gables

Salem Witch Hunt Film & Tour

Salem Willows Arcade 

Gassett Fitness Center

Free Evening

The American Culture and English Immersion program runs during Summer Session 1 (May – June) and Summer Session 2 (July – August). All courses follow the start dates of Salem State University. We continuously accept applications but recommend students to apply by the recommended deadlines below to ensure there is enough to complete the application process and receive the required documents in time to schedule and attend a student visa interview appointment. Students visiting the United States on a B-1 visa are welcome to apply for short-term study in this program.

Semester Recommended Deadline to Apply Report Date Registration & Orientation Program Dates

Summer I 2019 

March 17, 2019  

May 13 

May 13-15 

May 20 – June 27 

Summer II 2019 

May 7, 2019 

July 1 

July 1-3 

July 8 – August 15 

Note: We continuously accept applications but highly recommend submitting by the deadlines above.

American Culture and English Immersion Application Requirements for Full-Time F-1 or J-1 Students:

To qualify for admission to the American Culture and English Immersion Program, applicants must be at least 17 years old. Additionally, F-1/J-1 applicants need to complete our free online application and upload the following:

  • Copy of passport 
  • Certification of Finances Form
  • Bank statement showing at least $9,088 to cover academic and living expenses for 12 weeks, or $4,544 to cover estimated academic and living expenses for 6 weeks

American Culture and English Immersion Application Requirements for Part-Time Students:

To qualify for admission to the American Culture and English Immersion Program, applicants must be at least 17 years old. Applicants need to complete our free online application and upload a copy of a photo ID (e.g. state ID card, passport, permanent residency card).

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Program Costs

Part-Time American Culture and English Immersion Program Costs

Part-Time Students (Summer – 12 Weeks)

Course Cost
10 Hour Course

$2128.00

4 Hour Course

$851.20

2 Hour Course

$425.60

Optional Cultural Activities Package:

$686.00 (6 day trips)

Part-Time Students (Summer – 6 Weeks)

Course Cost
10 Hour Course

$1064.00

4 Hour Course

$425.60

2 Hour Course

$212.80

Optional Cultural Activities Package:

$343.00 (3 day trips)

Full-Time American Culture and English Immersion Program Costs

Below are the estimated costs of the tuition, Salem State University fees, and student health insurance plan.

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Description of Fees Summer – 6 Weeks Summer – 12 Weeks
Tuition and Course Materials (18 hours per week) $1,817.70 $3,635.4
University Required Fees

$97.50

$195.00

University Health Insurance (estimate)

~$287.00/month

~$287.00/month

Total (without university health insurance plan)

$1,915.20

$3,830.40

Total (with estimated university health insurance plan)

$2,489.20

$4,978.40

Optional Cultural Activities Package

$343.00 (3 trips)

$686 (6 trips)

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Custom Group Programs

The American Language and Culture Institute can offer customized programs for specific needs, size, and time constraints of special groups of students, teachers, scholars, and professionals. From 2-hour workshops to six-week programs, we will collaborate with your department, business, agency, or educational group to develop a customized English language program. See a sample 6-week program proposal here.

Previous customized group programs have included:

  • Teacher training and development for Mexican ESL/EFL teachers
  • Overview of the American public-school system for Chinese students preparing to teach in China
  • Business communication for Japanese engineers
  • STEM English for Brazilian science and technology students

Semi-Custom Group Programs

Groups can also choose to participate in our regularly scheduled day-time program doing the core curriculum in the morning and requesting a custom afternoon elective track.

Sample Tracks

  • Certificate of Completion in Tourism
  • Certificate of Completion in History and Literature of New England
  • Certificate of Completion in Environmental Science or Coastal and Marine Life of New England
  • Certificate of Completion in the American Education System

Contact Us

Email: cie@salemstate.edu
Tel: +1.978.542.6351

The length and cost of custom and semi-custom programs varies depending on the needs of the requesting organization.

Connect with the American Language and Culture Institute

Shawn Wolfe
Associate Director, English Language Programs
North Campus, Sullivan Building, Room 114
978.542.7002

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