English for Science and Technology (4 weeks)

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Get the Technical English-language Skills You Need

Education to Achieve Your Goals

UC Davis' English for Science and Technology Program is an intensive program that helps students improve their technical English-language skills and learn to use English more confidently in the fields of science and technology. It is designed for international undergraduate and graduate students majoring in science, engineering and/or technology and adult professionals who want to improve their technical English-language skills. 

Program Benefits

This engaging and academically rigorous program builds language and professional skills, such as critical and analytical thinking, oral presentation and intercultural communication skills, that empower students to succeed in global, English-speaking technical environments. The educational and professional focus of the program provides long-term value that will increase academic and employment opportunities for students seeking further education and careers in science, technology and engineering. 

  • Expanded technical vocabulary and understanding of emerging technologies
  • Increased awareness of current issues in applied science and technology
  • Confidence in creating and delivering a professional presentation
  • Networking with students and faculty
  • Letters of reference
  • Optional volunteer experiences

Program Details

This four-week program, held in our new state-of-the-art International Center, is offered twice each year (summer and winter) and includes four hours of instruction each day. Students are grouped based on their level of proficiency to ensure the best possible learning experience.

  • Visits to UC Davis campus laboratories and regional high-tech companies
  • Small classes (about 12-16 students)
  • Highly qualified and experienced instructors
  • Technology-driven classrooms, including a multimedia learning center
  • Daily recreational, cultural and social activities with UC Davis student leaders
  • Optional weekend trips may include Napa Valley, Yosemite National Park, San Francisco and Los Angeles

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Rigorous, Engaging Curriculum

Program curriculum, along with presentations and site visits to local high-tech companies and UC Davis research labs, allow students to communicate directly with experts, observe applied science and technology first hand and gain an enhanced understanding of current advancements in science and technology. Along with Listening and Pronunciation for Science and Technology, courses include:

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  • Improve analytical skills by reading articles, listening to lectures, watching audiovisual programs and discussing current research
  • Develop technical English vocabulary
  • Discuss and appreciate the power of ideas in science and technology that are changing people’s lives and the world

Intercultural Research Project

  • Develop questions to research a topic of choice
  • Conduct information gathering by interviewing native English speakers on and off campus
  • Collect, analyze and organize project information
  • Prepare, practice and give a poster presentation

Introduction to Entrepreneurship in Science and Technology

  • Realize the power of R & D (i.e., research and development) in science and technology through studying entrepreneurship
  • Feel the spirit of entrepreneurship that has advanced science and technology and changed the way people live in recent years
  • Think flexibly about your future career choices
  • Enhance understanding of mandatory extracurricular activities such as site visits, presentations and/or workshops

*Participants must have a high-school diploma or be at least 18 years old to enroll in this program.