The English Language Program (ELP) is a residential cultural immersion program offered every summer for international graduate students who have been admitted to GSAS. Run by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and GSAS, ELP will introduce you to life at Harvard and help you activate your English language skills. The program incorporates professional communication, an introduction to the cultural features of the American classroom, and community-building activities, with the ultimate goal of preparation for success in the Harvard academic and social environment. Through the program you will:

  • Build an awareness of your own strengths and weaknesses in English
  • Learn strategies you can use as you develop your professional communication skills
  • Gain familiarity with all the resources available to you as a GSAS student
  • Create lasting friendships and begin to feel at home here at Harvard

ELP is aligned with the GSAS Oral English Language Requirement and is designed to feed directly into the Bok Center’s Professional Communication Program for International Teachers and Scholars.  

The ELP is generously supported by the Fan family: John Fan, PhD ’72, Stephanie Fan, and Melina Fan, PhD ’04. See photos from a recent celebration of ELP at Loeb House.