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Intensive English Language Program (IELP)
Intensive English Language Program

Summer Academic Institute (S.A.I.)

July 20 - August 14, 2015

The Summer Academic Institute (S.A.I.) is designed for International Students who have been accepted to the University at Albany for the Fall semester. The S.A.I.'s four week course will help students gain the confidence needed for academic success.

SAI Features:

  • 20 class contact hours per week
  • Small, communicative classes
  • Highly qualified faculty
  • Friendly & relaxed atmosphere
  • Introduction to the University and the Capital District.
  • Access to University facilities
  • Social & educational activities
  • Certificate upon successful completion

SAI Goals:

  • Building speaking fluency
  • Developing presentation skills
  • Strengthening listening skills
  • Understanding academic lectures
  • Developing note-taking skills
  • Understanding academic texts
  • Improving academic writing skills
  • Gaining proficiency in library research skills
  • Learning research doucmentation styles

Course Descriptions:

Academic Reading and Writing

The goal of this course is to provide skills and strategies for reading and writing effectively at the university level. Students will.

  • Read and analyze academic essays and journal articles
  • Engage in critical analysis in class discussions and writing assignments
  • Write persuasive and summary/response papers
  • Conduct library research
  • Learn proper style of documentation

Oral Communication

The goal of this course is to help students develop their listening, speaking and note-taking skills and to gain confidence speaking in an academic English environment. Students will...

  • Listen to college level lectures
  • Practice strategies for taking well-organized and complete lecture notes
  • Learn and practice the language of small and large-group discussions
  • Learn and practice the language and structure of a formal oral presentation

The courses and activities in the Summer Academic Institute will help familiarize students with American culture and the University system.


SAI 2015 Estimated Charges

SAI Costs:
Tuition - Summer Academic Institute:
Application Fee (non-refundable):
International Student Health Insurance:
University Summer Service Fee:
Total Tuition and Fees:
Applications received by May 31, 2015 are guaranteed a seat.

Amounts reflected above are proposed rates for Summer 2015 and are subject to change. Please visit the Office of Student Accounts' website at for updated information.

Who may attend

The Summer Academic Institute will give priority to University at Albany international students who have been accepted for the Fall semester.

Please note: All students are expected to attend the entire four week session, attend all classes and complete all assignments. Classes are scheduled Monday through Friday. Students in the SAI are considered fully enrolled in the University at Albany and have access to all libraries and computing centers on campus.

How to apply

Please complete the SAI application form and return it by email, fax, or express mail. If your application form is faxed or emailed, the $80 Application Fee will be added to your UAlbany bill.

Click here to fill out the S.A.I. application form.

Summer Academic Institute Address:

Director - Intensive English Language Program
University at Albany, SUNY
Science Library G14
1400 Washington Ave
Albany, New York 12222 U.S.A.

Telephone: (518) 437-5040
FAX: (518) 591-8171



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