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English for Science and Technology - 4 weeks

International students who would like to use English more confidently in the fields of science and technology benefit from this intensive, four-week program. They improve their overall English language skills and develop professional skills - such as critical thinking, oral presentation and intercultural communication - needed for scientists, engineers and technical experts. Program highlights include:

  • Visits to UC Davis campus laboratories and regional high-tech companies
  • Offered twice each summer and winter
  • Small classes (about 12 to 16 students)
  • Highly qualified and experienced instructors
  • Daily recreational, cultural and social activities
  • Optional weekend trips to Napa Valley, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco and Los Angeles

Program objectives

Students will:

  • Gain confidence and skills in technical English speaking and listening
  • Strengthen pronunciation and oral presentation skills
  • Learn new technical vocabulary and concepts
  • Discuss various scientific and technological topics
  • Develop critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Gain awareness of current issues in applied science and technology
  • Study new businesses in emerging technologies
  • Create and deliver a professional presentation
  • Improve their English listening, speaking, reading and writing ability

Who should attend

  • International undergraduate and graduate students majoring in science, engineering and/or technology
  • Adult professionals who would like to improve their English language skills

Placement by English language ability

Students will be given an English placement assessment and placed in an appropriate level. Applicants’ English proficiency levels are expected to be low-intermediate and above. Participants must have a high school diploma or be at least 18 years old to enroll in this program.

Sample English for Science and Technology Program Schedule*

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:30 - 9:20 a.m. Listening and Pronunciation (daily)
9:30 - 10:20 Intercultural Research Project (daily)
10:40 - 11:30 Hot Topics in Science and Technology (daily)
11:40 - 12:30 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (daily)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break (daily)
1:30 - 2:40 p.m.     Presentations/Workshops/Site-Visits**    
2:50 - 4:30 Games Arts and Crafts Conversation Groups Board Games Ice Cream Social

*Classes may be scheduled during the afternoon in summer.

**Site visits have included Genentech, Novzymes, Schilling Robotics, UC Davis Northern California Nanotechnology Center, Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology, California Energy Commission, IDEO, the Plug and Play Tech Center, California Fuel Cell Partnership, Hewlett-Packard and the Intel Museum.

To apply, complete an application for enrollment now.

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4-week English for Science and Technology Dates and Fees*

Session Dates Tuition
Summer Session I (2019) July 5 – Aug. 2, 2019 $2,175
Summer Session II (2019) Aug. 9 – Sept. 6, 2019 $2,175
Winter Session (2020) Feb. 13 – March 13, 2020 $2,175
Summer Session I (2020) July 1 – July 31, 2020 $2,175
Summer Session II (2020) Aug. 6 – Sept. 4, 2020 $2,175

Other program costs*

Application fee (nonrefundable)$200 (one-time fee)
Student Services fee (includes general advising services, immigration advising, housing assistance, free end-of-the-quarter paper-based TOEFL test, access to computer labs and the International Learning Center (ILC), UC Davis library card, UC Davis email account and wireless Internet access, city bus pass, social events and afternoon activities)$120
Medical insurance$45 per week

*Prices and program dates are subject to change.