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ELC Programs

The ELC at the University of Central Missouri currently offers different program options, designed to meet the needs of today's international students. The Intensive English Program (IEP) is offered each Spring, Summer and Fall. Featured below are also 2 Summer 2017 programs--Super Summer Culture Camp (SCC) and Missouriana.

#1 - Intensive English Program (IEP)


Prepare for your degree and learn academic English in our CEA accredited program.  There are nine levels - from beginning to advanced - in four core areas of language learning:  Reading, Writing, Communication Skills and Grammar.


#2 - Super Summer Culture Camp (SCC)

July 6-July 21 (2 weeks)

The camp, for students 15-17 years old with at least an intermediate English level, offers the total package of language and culture activities! Camping, Sports Competitions, and Outdoor Skills are featured, with day trips to local events each week.

Come learn about American culture, meet people from around the world, and improve your language abilities while making friends that will last a lifetime. It’s a chance you can’t afford to miss.

Contact Jill Thomas, Program Coordinator, for more information.


#3 -Missouriana

June 30-July 28 (4 weeks) OR July 6-July 28 (3 weeks) OR June 5-July 28 (8 weeks)

Perfect for individuals (17-24 years old) who want to experience what life is like on a US campus, practice English skills, and learn about US culture in the process. Join the Missouriana Program and immerse yourself in beautiful Missouri, the heartland of the US. For more information, contact Valerie Heming, Director of the English Language Center.

No matter which program you choose, the instruction offered in the English Language Center includes reading, writing, grammar, communication skills, and American culture. In addition, the ELC offers English language academic preparation, pronunciation, vocabulary development,and testing skills.

The ELC at Central is open to high school or college graduates seeking an advanced level of English proficiency either to continue their education in the United States or to improve language skills for professional advancement. The English Language Center enables students to:

  • Improve communication and study skills for successful participation in classroom and professional situations
  • Discover American culture while attending a Midwestern university located in a small, culturally diverse community
  • Transition smoothly from intensive English courses to academic studies within a chosen degree program

UCM Intensive English Program Mission


The mission of the Intensive English Program is to provide an intensive program which teaches a broad range of English language and study skills to non-native speakers of English so they can successfully pursue an academic degree program at the undergraduate or graduate level at a U.S. institution of higher education by demonstrating proficiency in reading, writing, grammar, and listening/speaking through a dynamic curriculum and cultural programming which responds to the needs of students.


The mission statement was revised 10/31/2013.