Although the first two parts of our multi-part series on Intensive English Programs around the world focused on programs in New York City and Boston, megacities like these are not the only places international students can immerse themselves in English. Indeed, as the Marshall University L.E.A.P. program proves, there are high-quality IEP opportunities available to meet the needs of aspiring students throughout the United States.
Who should attend Marshall University L.E.A.P. Intensive English Program?
Marshall University’s flagship Intensive English Program is, as the name suggests, dedicated to helping students Learning English for Academic Purposes. Accordingly it offers two distinct programs to meet the needs of aspiring international students. The first, known as the Academic Pathways program, is meant for students who want pursue their higher education goals in the US but need a little help attaining the appropriate English proficiency test scores. Designed for both aspiring undergraduate and graduate students, the program offers conditional acceptance to Marshall University that is contingent on the successful completion of one or two semesters of specialized preparation work. At the same time, though the Pathways Program is focused on academic English, Marshall University also offers more general English Language programs that will suit those interested in learning English for any of a variety of personal or professional purposes.
Where is the school located and where is housing?
The Marshall University campus is located in tranquil Huntington, West Virginia. Huntington is as safe and comfortable as any small city in the country and Marshall’s location in it provides students with easy access to a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Moreover, because Undergraduate Pathway and Academic English students are required to live on campus for their first year, they will be at the heart of the on-campus action.
When are classes held?
Pathway and other academic programs are offered three times a year January (15 week), May (10 week), August (15 week) while General English courses have rolling start dates and program durations that can last from as little as 5 to as many as 45 weeks.
Finally, what makes Marshall University’s L.E.A.P. program unique?
As members of the 16,000-strong Marshall University student body, L.E.A.P students can study English and take advantage of collegiate life at the same time. Indeed, by studying at Marshall students can use the university’s computer labs, indoor swimming pool, fitness centers and libraries and, in so doing, truly immerse themselves in English!