ESL Institute (ESLI)

Intensive English classes in Philadelphia for artists, designers and performing artists

3 UArts College Credits awarded to all ESLI undergraduate students who complete ESLI!

Participating in the ESL Institute is an excellent way for students interested in the arts or seeking degrees in visual and performing arts to increase their English proficiency through an engaging arts-based ESL curriculum.

The ESL Institute curriculum includes:

  • Small classes and personal attention
  • Creative and experienced instructors
  • Studio art, design, and music lessons
  • Classroom practice in oral communication strategies for art, design, and performance studies
  • College-level reading and writing assignments focusing on art, design, and performance 
  • Field trips, social activities and participation in Univesity of the Arts programs and events

2016 ESL Institute Program Dates:

Mid Spring Session (8 weeks): March 14 - May 2, 2016

Summer Session (8 weeks): June 20 - August 12, 2016

Fall Session (15 weeks): August 29 - December 16, 2016

Mid-Fall Session (8 weeks): October 17 - December 16, 2016


Participating in ESLI is an excellent way for ESL students to increase their English proficiency while beginning their lives as artists, designers and performers.

We are happy to answer any questions you might have about the ESL Institute — please contact us!