Summer EFS Courses

2022 Summer English Programs

EFS is pleased to announce several courses for this Summer 2022. With the exception of our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program, all our classes will be offered in person. Our EAP program will be offered live but 100% online to accommodate learners around the world.

For incoming graduate students, researchers, and visiting scholars

EFSLANG 686: English for Academic Purposes Preparatory Program

A six-week preparatory program, from June 20 to July 30, 2022, in spoken and written English to prepare new graduate students and researchers for study at a US university. Click on the Program Overview below for more information.

Program Overview

Preparation for Graduate Study

English for Academic Purposes, EFS 686, is a collection of two preparatory courses designed primarily to prepare incoming international graduate students, researchers, and visiting scholars for full-time post-graduate study at a US university in the coming academic year. However, we also welcome others who are preparing to apply to graduate study within the next year or who will attend English-medium graduate programs in countries other than the US.

Please read through this program overview and application procedures before proceeding to the application form.

The goals of this program are the following:

  • to improve the student's fluency and accuracy in English as much as possible during the period of instruction;
  • to develop the student's ability to continue learning and using effective communication strategies throughout the stay in the United States;
  • to provide an orientation to the expectations of the university, faculty, and peers both inside and out of the classroom;
  • to prepare students to be more confident and active participants in all aspects of their graduate programs.

The two courses meet on either Monday and Wednesday (Speaking/Listening) or Tuesday and Thursday (Writing/Reading) always between 8:00 - 10:30a (California time). Courses meet live and 100% online, so you can study from almost anywhere on the planet. Classes start on June 20 and continue for six weeks, ending on July 30.

In addition to classroom instruction, students may be doing work with the language laboratory and university libraries. Orientation to life at Stanford is provided by discussions and social events. Informal advising will be provided by instructors.

All students who enroll in this program must agree to comply with the following requirements:

  • Speak only English in class and in all program activities.
  • Attend classes regularly, every session each day for all six weeks.
  • Fulfill all course requirements, including meeting paper deadlines.
  • Demonstrate substantial effort and progress in the development of communication skills in English necessary for academic success.

Core Classes

Students will attend both courses, divided among the following focuses.

Speaking/Listening. Focuses include: one-on-one interactions as well as small group/classroom participation, presenting and attending academic presentations, participating in casual and multi-party interactions

Reading/Writing. Focuses include: professional writing (emails, biostatements, resumes, Slack/IM/text messages; summary, reaction, and research papers; interpreting interpersonal communication, note-taking skills, and the structure of academic writing

Application Procedures

Application Deadline: May 20, 2022

Application Steps: 

  1. Please read the EFSLANG 686 Program Overview course descriptions to make sure this is the right program for you.
  2. Download the application form and follow the instructions carefully. Note: This PDF form is meant to be submitted electronically. The form works best if you download it using Adobe Acrobat Pro or Reader, version 8 or above. Initially the document will open in preview mode. To download it, click on the "downward arrow" icon in the top right, next to the printer icon. If you have trouble with the form, please email efslangsummer [at] stanford.edu.
  3. Read the General Information and review the Frequently Asked Questions on the application form. Tuition and expenses can be found on the first page of the application.
  4. Submit the completed form by clicking the "Submit Form" at the top right. If you cannot see the submit button or it does not work, you may save the file and submit by email to efslangsummer [at] stanford.edu (see link in step 2 above for application form).
  5. Be sure to also email, fax or mail supporting documents.

The entire EFS application and supporting documents should be received no later than May 20.

General Information

  • Applications are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow one to two weeks for processing.
  • Applicants must have completed a university degree.
  • An acceptance packet will be sent to you by email beginning May 1. Contact efslangsummer [at] stanford.edu to check on the status of your application.

Estimated Cost of the Program 

Tuition is estimated at $8,500. Please note that we do not offer scholarships; students or their sponsors are responsible for all expenses. There are additional mandatory and optional fees. See the application form for full details.

Apply to the English for Academic Purposes Program

EFS EAP 2022 Application Form

For current and visiting Stanford graduate students

Summer Courses for Continuing Stanford Students 2022

  • EFS 691S (meets requirements for 691). Oral Presentation (2 units). Learn the strategy, design, and organization of academic presentations, while developing your English fluency, accuracy and communication style. [dates and times TBA], classes begin week of June 20

  • EFS 698S (meets requirements for 698A).  Writing Academic English (2 units). Prepare graduate students to write academic papers, emphasizing fluency, organization, documentation, and appropriateness for specific writing tasks. [dates and times TBA], classes begin week of June 20

  • EFS 689T  Interacting in California's Vineyard Culture (1 unit). Learn terminology to talk about wine informally, navigate restaurant wine lists, and interact knowledgeably with restaurant and retail wine staff.  Includes weekly tastings. Participants must be at least 21 years old.  Additional fee of $100.00 (cash only) required at the first class meeting.  To enroll, contact Kristopher Geda -  connie [at] stanford.edu. Tuesday or Wednesday 5:30-7:30 - first class June 21 or 22.