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 English Language Acquisition Program

Are you interested in experiencing life on a college campus and exploring Michigan?

If so, then we invite you to explore the 2015 Hope College Summer English Language Acquisition Program (ELAP)!


Program Dates and Cost.

August 3- 24, 2016
Approximate cost: $3,000 (USD)

Minimum TOEFL Requirement.

65 - iBT
183 - cBT
513 - pBT

To Apply.

Please submit the following materials via email to the Fried International Center:
ELAP Application Form
Academic Transcript
Official TOEFL Score Report

For More Information.

Please email


  • 15 hours per week of intense, in-class English instruction, plus other unique opportunities to practice your English outside of class.
  • Weekly volunteer opportunities at local non-profit organizations.
  • Weekly travel to explore West Michigan through the arts, nature, cuisine, and sports.
  • Weekend trips to explore Michigan with trips to places such as the Sleeping Bear dunes, and Mackinac Island. There will also be an opportunity to visit Chicago, Illinois.
  • Interact with an American host family!

Our Philosophy.

We believe that the ESL program should be intense and demanding, yet also fun and dynamic. We offer 15 hours a week of in-class instruction followed by many opportunities to practice your English in the community through engaging in cultural activities in Holland and volunteering. Each week will provide students with a thematic unit that will place the English instruction into an American cultural context. Students will be divided into two classes (based on TOEFL scores) which will focus on their verbal (listening/speaking) communication skills and their reading and writing skills. ELAP is designed for exchange students from partner institutions and for international students who have been admitted to Hope College who would benefit from intense English language instruction.


Students accepted into ELAP will be issued a program fee invoice. All students accepted into the program will be met at the Grand Rapids, Michigan airport (GRR) by a program associate.

*Please note: Admission to ELAP is not admission to Hope College.

Program Costs.

$3,000 (USD) program fee includes instructional costs, room, board, books, activities, local transportation and weekend trips. It also includes a shuttle to and from the Grand Rapids airport (GRR) upon arrival and departure. It does not include airfare, medical insurance, or personal spending money. Accepted students will be expected to pay the ELAP program fee prior to arriving at Hope College.


Explore Michigan.

We have intentionally designed ELAP to introduce you to our beautiful state of Michigan. From day trips to the beaches of Lake Michigan and cities such as Saugatuck and Grand Rapids to weekend trips filled with kayaking and hiking at the Sleeping Bear Dunes and exploring the arts and cuisine of Ann Arbor and Detroit, we have scheduled multiple opportunities to for you to explore Michigan. In addition, we will take a weekend trip to a traditional Amish community in Indiana and then to the Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago. For more information visit Explore Michigan.

Sleep and Eat.

Students will be housed in pairs on the Hope College campus. Each residence hall offers a computer lab, a TV lounge and laundry facilities. Participants will eat three meals a day in the Hope College dining hall. Students are also encouraged to participate in the host family program which includes regular visits with an American family during the program durations and a weekend stay. This is an excellent opportunity to meet and interact with members of the local community and to experience life in an American home.


An integral component of ELAP is to provide participants with volunteer opportunities in the local community so that they can apply their language skills in a nonacademic environment. During the first week of classes, students will be place with a nonprofit organization and will be encouraged to spend at least two hours a weeks with the organization. Examples of volunteer opportunities include working at a homeless shelter, serving in a soup kitchen, playing soccer with migrant children and working with other youth organizations. This is a great way to experience American life and to practice your English skills be serving others.











ESL Class (3 hours)

ESL Class (3 hours)

ESL Class (3 hours)

ESL Class (3 hours)

ESL Class (3 hours)

Volunteer Work

Community Engagement (2.5 hours)

Local Excursions

Community Engagement (2.5 hours)

Free Time

Time for homework and group projects, host family time, planned activities and free time.


Who We Are.

Hope College is a private, residential, liberal arts college of approximately 3,200 students, located in Holland, Michigan. We provide a distinctive blend of exceptional academic opportunities and caring faculty in a Christian atmosphere emphasizing openness and freedom.

We have one of the most beautiful campuses you’ll find. But when you are coming here, you’re not just coming to a campus. You are coming to a city Forbes Magazine calls one of the top five safest in the US, with an award-winning downtown. Hope is in a great city close to beautiful beaches, positioned nicely for day trips to other larger cities including Chicago, Detroit, and Grand Rapids.

Connected to Hope’s one-of-a-kind campus, we have one of the most vital downtowns in the country. Holland offers summertime concerts and street performers and lots of great hangouts including a variety of stores, coffee shops, and restaurants. For more information about Hope College, please visit


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