Summer ESL Program

 6-week Summer ESL Program


Considerably improve your speaking, listening, reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar.

Twelve different levels available at Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced level.


25 hours of English language instruction per week.

Small class sizes (average 6 students per class) for more personalized attention.


Learn about and be immersed in the American culture and English language and share your own culture.

Community engagement through service opportunities.

Use your English skills in a real-world setting.


Customized programs for groups of 10 or more students available by request.

5 hours/week are elective course choices that either have an academic or cultural focus,


Enjoy the beautiful East Tennessee nature and landscape, summer sports, activities and cultural events.

Make new friends from around the world.

We offer two start dates for our Summer ESL Program (includes Service and Culture) at Maryville College.  Students are tested upon arrival. Our program places students into a group with others close to their own language ability, to help them learn faster and more easily! 

6 week summer program

25 hours/week

Courses include English language instruction at Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced levels.  There are 12 different levels available. Courses are 5 hours each day.  One day each week will offer cultural excursions and activities to help students use their English skills in a real-world setting and explore East Tennessee.

General Daily Schedule

9:00 - 11:00am           Grammar & Integrative Skills

11:00am  -12:00pm    Elective Classes (offerings vary each 5 weeks)

1:00 - 2:00pm             Listening & Speaking Skills

2:00 - 3:00pm             Reading & Writing Skills

 Each week includes one cultural excursion or event!


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tennessee, between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city.  

In addition to all the new things you’ll learn in class from teachers and other students, there are numerous ways to explore the local area and culture, join in group activities, and have fun, all while practicing your English and sharing your culture with others. Most of our students simply enjoy living in the residence halls, making friends with American and other international students, and joining in various activities with them.

East Tennessee is known for its' lakes and rivers.  Knoxville and Maryville are both known for the extensive miles of paved greenway trails, which makes this area perfect for outdoor adventurers. Less than an 30-minutes away is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, with over 800 miles of maintained trails.  

The city of Knoxville is right up the road, and offers plenty of shopping, an outdoor farmers’ market,  theatres, art and history galleries, and museums.  We have the best of both worlds when it comes to city and outdoor life!

Students will live on campus in Gibson Hall.

Gibson Hall, (named after former MC President, Gerald Gibson and his wife, Rachel) opened its doors in the Fall of 2008. The four-story hall features 39 suites (some with kitchens) that provide homes to nearly 150 MC students. Each four-person suite includes carpeted rooms, a love seat, chair, coffee table, dining table with chairs, double- or single-occupancy rooms, and two bathrooms per suite. Each floor has a lounge with a television and kitchen and a study room where students can gather.

Learn more about life as an international student at and on our blog at 


* 2 start dates: May 21 or July 2, 2018


May 21 - June 29, 2018


Arrival May 19-20
Orientation May 21-22
Classes Start May 23
Classes End  June 29
Departure June 30
Application Deadline We will admit students as long as there is time to get a visa


July 2 - August 10, 2018


Arrival June 30 - July 1
Orientation July 2-3
Classes Start July 3
Classes End  August 10
Departure August 11
Application Deadline We will admit students as long as there is time to get a visa




Tuition:                    $1785

Housing:                  $850  (meals not included in summer session, but on campus meals are  available - estimate $500-700)

Activity Fee:            $300 (all cultural events/excursions planned are covered in this fee)

Total:                      $2935

Summer Program Service, Cultural Trips and Excursions