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ELT Summer Program

The English Language Transition (ELT) Program offers a dynamic summer program that combines

  • Intensive English language courses,
  • Hands-on learning modules,
  • Social and cultural opportunities to practice English, and
  • Recreational activities

Participants may choose to enroll in one of the three-week sessions or for the entire six-week program.  In addition, there is an optional Chicago trip at the end of the program for those looking to have a truly memorable experience.

During the week, summer program participants will be busy with the optimum balance of learning and fun.

  • Language Course 1
  • Language Course 2
  • Hands-on Learning Modules
  • Evening Activities

On the weekends, participants will be busy with a variety of extended activities.

Language Courses

During each session, morning courses will focus on developing reading/writing and listening/speaking skills.  [These courses are subject to change and are customizable, depending on the interests of partner institutions.] 

Session 1

Course 1: Ethnographical Writing
Course 2: Performance and Improvisation

Session 2

Course 1: Travel Writing
Course 2: Impromptu Speaking and Debate

Hands-on Learning Modules

Hands-on learning modules provide participants with unique learning experiences with university faculty and resources.  [These modules are subject to change depending on the availability of the instructor.]

  • Astronomy
  • Agriculture
  • Ceramics
  • Glass Blowing
  • Local Business
  • River Ecology

Evening and Weekend Activities

Over the course of the program, participants will partake in a variety of memorable activities.

For a complete list of possible evening and weekend activities, please click on the activities link.

Optional Chicago Trip

For an additional charge, participants may choose to extend their summer program experience and visit the famous city of Chicago.  For 4 days, participants will explore the following sites in Chicago:

  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Field Museum
  • Magnificent Mile
  • Navy Pier
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Skydeck

Why study with the ELT at UWRF?

Safe Environment

UW-River Falls is located in western Wisconsin.  The town of River Falls has a population of 15,000 people and is 38 miles east of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.  The university is within walking distance of restaurants, entertainment, and shopping in charming downtown River Falls.

Comfortable Summer Lodging

During the summer program, students will stay in the comfortable Ames residence hall.  They will share an air-conditioned room with WIFI and access to a shared common entertainment space and kitchenette.

Professional Staff

The English Language Transition (ELT) Program at UWRF assists non-native English learners to develop and strengthen the knowledge and language skills necessary to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals.  The ELT program provides a supportive learning environment for students while fostering social and intercultural understanding.


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2014 Program Dates

Session 1 - TBD
Session 2 - TBD
Chicago Trip - TBD

Program Costs

One Session - TBD
Both Sessions - TBD
Chicago Trip - TBD


Participants must possess a minimum of 2 years of high school English and be at least 18 years old.