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Chicago, Communication, and Culture
Special Summer Language and Culture Program

Come to Chicago for a fun and exciting learning experience in our beautiful city!

Chicago, Communication, and Culture is a three-week educational program designed for visitors to Chicago who want to explore the city and improve their English.

Participants in the program will improve their vocabulary, listening, and conversation skills through topics about Chicago's unique culture and history, such as

  • Chicago in Film
  • Chicago Politics: Vote Early and Often
  • Chicago Architecture
  • Chicago Blues and Jazz
  • Immigration and Industry in Chicago
  • Chicago's Ethnic Neighborhoods
  • Chicago's Sports Teams: Da Bears, Da Bulls, and Da Cubs

The program provides 14 hours of language study and practice through a combination of class time on our UIC campus and visits to Chicago events and attractions.

Students meet in a classroom for language instruction from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., then leave with their instructor for language practice in the city, including a boat tour on the Chicago River, music and food at the Taste of Chicago festival, museums and art gallery visits, and a tour of Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs.

The program is designed for students with a basic knowledge of English who are interested in building on their skills. Students must be at least 19 years old.

The program is open to students who

  • are visitors to the US and hold a B-1 or B-2 (tourist) visa,
  • have entered the United States on a visa waiver,
  • have an F-1 visa and who wish to enrich their summer break with additional study, or
  • are US citizens or residents,
  • are 19 years or older.

Please note that this program is non-intensive – it meets for 14 hours per week and does not qualify as full-time study.

For more information about the program, go to our (Frequently Asked Questions) FAQs

When and Where
Monday through Thursday
9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Summer 2014: July 7 – July 24

$950, includes all course materials.

Registration deadline is June 9, 2014. Late registration is possible if space permits.
You can register online on our website:

Complete your registration and tuition payment on our secure website .

To register groups, email Terrie Byrne at tbyrn2@uic.edu

Campus housing in a University of Illinois furnished residence hall (Thomas Beckham Hall) is available for an additonal payment of $950. The housing payment deadline is June 9, 2014.

View Thomas Beckham Hall (pdf: 290kb)

The Tutorium offers a Homestay program through OvECS (a private company). Homestay is an opportunity to live in a home with an American family located in the Chicago area.

For more information and the application for the homestay go to http://www.azhomestay.com/

For additional information, email Terrie Byrne at tbyrn2@uic.edu or call 312.996.8999


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