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English for Business Purposes

The English Language Center (ELC) has supported business students at Vanderbilt with courses and programming since 1994.

Summer English for Business Purposes

Owen Students in Averbuch Auditorium

The English Language Center (ELC)’s Summer English for Business Purposes is an intensive 2-week course specifically designed for business students who use English as an additional language. This course focuses on building vocabulary and strategies for improving speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in academic and professional business settings. The aim of this support course is to help students achieve their academic goals and relieve some of the stress and anxiety that comes from performing in English in a highly competitive academic setting.



  • Adapt more quickly to the US academic environment
  • Communicate effectively in 1-on-1 interactions, groups, and during presentations
  • Comprehend rapid American speech in lectures and discussion
  • Read and write English efficiently and effectively
  • Develop strategies for independent language learning

Important Dates:

  • July 22–August 2


  • Enrollment is restricted to Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management students
  • Contact Kim Killingsworth, Director of International Recruiting and Relations, Owen Graduate School of Management, to enroll in the Summer English for Business Purposes program
  • Tuition: $1,000
  • Enrollment and withdrawal policy: After Summer English for Business Purposes begins, if students withdraw by 5:00 p.m. (CDT) on Day 2 of the program, they will be issued a 90% refund. There will be no refund for withdrawing after 5:00 p.m. (CDT) on Day 2 of the program


For more information, please contact:

Jim Cracraft, Associate Director
Tel: +1 615-322-0247

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