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English for Business Purposes

The English Language Center (ELC) has been working with Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management since 1994 to develop and deliver support programming for incoming students who have a first language other than English.

US Business Communication & Culture (USBCC)

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The USBCC program is specifically designed to help students, who have a first language other than English and have been accepted into an Owen Graduate School of Management program, begin the fall semester with the language skills and cultural knowledge necessary to benefit more fully from Owen’s academic program. The summer program combines advanced-level language instruction with orientation and cultural activities:

  • a two-week pre-arrival, on-line orientation and assessment program
  • a three-week face-to-face, pre-MBA academic program
  • completely customized curriculum with Vanderbilt- and Owen-specific content and course simulations
  • highly individualized feedback and coaching on writing and oral skills
  • complementary curricula with Owen Managerial Writing
  • coordination with multiple aspects of orientation (library, laptops, etc.)
  • chatELC, a tuition-free conversation group for spouses and domestic partners

Program Objectives:

USBCC Students Gathering on the Final Day of the Program.
  • Adapt more quickly to the Owen environment
  • Communicate effectively in groups and individual presentations
  • Comprehend rapid American speech in lectures and discussion
  • Read and write English efficiently and effectively

Important Dates:

  • July 8–July 29, 2016 Monday through Friday
  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. — ELC instruction
  • 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. — Business Writing, Simulated Class, Career Services Orientation, and Socials (a few evenings)


Students should enroll through the Owen Graduate School of Management.

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