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Summer Institute of Language and Culture

Drake's Summer Institute of Language and Culture (SILC) is a four week Intensive English Program that incorporates classroom learning with supporting activities to provide participants with an intense and immersive language experience.   

The program includes two different tracks, General English and Academic English, that are offered at the same time from July 6 - July 31, 2020.

The Academic English Track is designed specifically for those students who are pursuing or planning to pursue a degree in a U.S. college or university. The classes offered within this track are: TOEFL Preparation, Academic Language Preparation, and Reading & Vocabulary, all with a strong academic focus.

The General English Track courses include American Culture, Grammar, and Listening & Speaking, which are designed to help students improve their communication skills and learn more about American culture while visiting Iowa. We have a number of exciting events and field trips planned this summer!

Please Note: 

  • All classes are multi-level; however, students would need to have at least lower-intermediate proficiency to join the program.
  • Visitors on a B1/B2 visa are welcome to take as few or as many classes as they would like.
  • First year international students on an F-1 student visa must enroll in all six courses in order to meet the full-time requirement.
  • Application deadline is May 1, 2020.

Tuition and fees: 

Full Time Tuition and all fees/housing expenses.: $5,340.00 (6 courses)

Full Time Tuition only: $3,460.00 (6 courses)

Per Session Tuition only: $1,730.00 (3 courses)

Per Course Tuition only: $577.00


To apply or if you have questions, please contact Dina Khayrushina at or 515-271-2797.