UPDATE: The EPGS program will be offered online for summer 2021. The program is only available for already admitted Middlebury Institute of International Studies students. EPGS is a five-week long program.
The English Preparation for Graduate Studies program provides specific courses to prepare you for the American graduate school classroom.
Next session: June 28 to July 30, 2021
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The EPGS program prepares international students for success in U.S. graduate programs. After participating in the program, students will feel more confident communicating in spoken and written English in their graduate programs. Faculty in the program use authentic materials, such as graduate school lectures and texts, to help students learn to critically analyze and respond to complex academic concepts. The program teaches students the conventions of academic communication in U.S. graduate programs, which gives students the confidence to communicate effectively in their graduate courses. During the summer of 2021, all courses will be offered online. The courses will be primarily asynchronous, meaning that students will be able to independently complete most course work on their own schedule. However, each course has one synchronous (live) session each week. The live course sessions will be scheduled to accommodate students’ international and domestic time zones.
EPGS Program Courses:
The EPGS program includes the following three courses:
1. Graduate Communication Skills Development: Online instruction, 3.0 units
The purpose of this course is to help students improve core skills that graduate school faculty believe are essential for succeeding in graduate school. Upon completion of this course, students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to handle social interactions in linguistically and culturally appropriate ways. Students will know how to communicate in oral and written form with an awareness of their own and others’ communicative intentions. Primary course activities involve watching graduate course lectures and responding to the lectures in oral and written formats. The course will help students practice participating in class discussions and leading class discussions. Students will be able to complete the majority of the course work independently during their own time. There will be one live online group discussion with teachers and classmates each week. Students should plan to spend about 10 hours each week completing assignments for this course.
2. Academic Research and Writing: Online instruction, 3.0 units
This course is designed to help students develop skills for critically analyzing the effectiveness of writing. The course will help students develop skills for examining and improving all aspects of texts, including the macro and micro levels of writing. Students will develop the necessary skills to revise and edit their own writing. In this course students will practice reading critically, and students will deepen their knowledge of English grammar. In addition, students will learn new strategies for writing more clearly, concisely, and logically. The course will involve both short and longer writing assignments. Students will also have opportunities to work with peers to examine texts and revise texts. There will be one live online group discussion with teachers and classmates each week. Students should plan to spend about 10 hours each week completing assignments for this course.
3. Translation and Interpretation Skills Development: Online instruction, 3.0 units
The goal of this course is to develop students’ awareness of language as a social resource that can be manipulated to achieve a variety of social purposes, or functions. Students will develop their awareness of a range of linguistic options for communicating, and students will practice communicating clearly, concisely, and with an awareness of their own and others’ communicative intentions. Students will be able to complete most of the course work independently during their own time. There will be one live online group discussion with your teachers and classmates each week. Students should plan to spend about 10 hours each week completing assignments for this course.
EPGS Program Tracks: The EPGS program consists of two different tracks that students choose from. These two tracks are based on students’ programs of study at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
Students who are in any of the translation and interpretation focused graduate programs at MIIS will enroll in the T&I track courses. Students in the following programs enroll in this track: Translation & Interpretation (T&I), Conference Interpretation (CI), and Translation (T). Students in this track will take the following two courses: Graduate Communication Skills Development and Translation and Interpretation Skills Development.
Students who are in all other graduate programs at MIIS will enroll in the General Track courses. General track students will take the following two courses: Graduate Communication Skills Development and Academic Research and Writing.
June 28 to July 30, 2021
Tuition for a single course in the online EPGS program is $1,125
Most students will take two courses. The tuition cost for both courses is $2,250
If you have been awarded a MIIS scholarship for EPGS, please contact your admissions advisor with any questions regarding your scholarship amount.Intensive ESL Tuition and Refund Policy
For summer 2021, the program is only available for already admitted Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) students.
Incoming Middlebury Institute students should not submit an application but should contact us for more information.