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English for Business Purposes

In 1994, the English Language Center (ELC) created an intensive summer program to promote students’ development of language skills and cultural knowledge focused on the academic context at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management (OGSM). Since that time, the ELC has partnered with OGSM to identify and develop dynamic programming that supports the ever-changing needs of students. The aim of this program is to not only help students achieve their goals but also relieve some of the stress and anxiety that comes from performing in English in a highly competitive academic setting.

International Summer Business Program (ISBP)

Students Get Ready for Final Presentations.

The International Summer Business Program (ISBP)* is specifically designed to help students, who have a first language other than English begin Mod I with the language skills and cultural knowledge necessary to benefit more fully from OGSM's academic program. The summer program combines advanced-level language instruction with orientation and cultural activities:

  • Orientation to U.S. classroom culture and academic English
  • Highly individualized feedback and coaching on writing and speaking skills
  • U.S. pop culture for engaging with U.S. peers
  • Exposure to the language and norms of working and presenting in teams
  • chatELC, a tuition-free conversation group for spouses and domestic partners

Program Objectives:

ISBP Students Gathering on the Final Day of the Program.
  • Adapt more quickly to the OGSM 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 24, 2019 Monday through Friday


Students should enroll through the Owen Graduate School of Management.

In the Media

* Note: The International Summer Business Program (ISBP) was formerly known as US Business Communication & Culture (USBCC).


For more information regarding course content, please contact:

Jim Cracraft, Assistant Director
Tel: +1 615-322-2277

For more information regarding eligibility content, please contact:

Susan M. Barone, Director
Tel: +1 615-322-2277