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International Pre-College Academy

The Cultural Immersion Academy is an intense three-week academic program for young global scholars with an opportunity to perfect your English and experience American culture at one of the premier colleges in the US.


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West Virginia Wesleyan College’s International Pre-College Academy is designed for global students who whose first language is not English who wish to study a wide variety of academic subjects while experiencing American culture at an elite U.S. college.

The International Pre-College Academy is a two-week intensive program where students will take courses grounded in the liberal arts designed to improve students critical thinking skills through personalized learning. Trips to Washington, D.C. as well as nature activities in West Virginia (as COVID-19 travel restrictions allow) will provide students with real-world experiences in which to further develop their English proficiency.

Our approach

Our personalized learning approach to instruction will provide students with the ability to tailor their experience to suit their own goals. Students are exposed to content of their choosing, which forms the basis of their immersive learning. Our instructors guide students in processing the information and re-presenting the material to others in a collaborative manner. Digital platforms are used as supplements and allow students to progress at their own pace, under the tutelage of faculty mentors.

The Academy is based on a Finnish model of instruction that places emphasis on personalized guidance by a teacher, focusing on problem-solving, and critical thinking. Depending on the subject, in-class activity is complimented by field-work in the form of off-campus trips (as COVID-19 travel restrictions allow) and on-campus activities that further enhance the experience.

All of this happens in an English-immersion environment. Immersion is the most effective method of language instruction.

Small classes — personal attention

Pre-College Academy classes are small and personalized. Students will work with the same faculty member each day. Through personalized learning pathways, students will be afforded the chance to study a wide range of topics.

The pre-college program will be tailored to the needs and interests of each individual student, giving them the opportunity to select from specific academic topics that can assist them in meeting their personal goals. Topics that students can choose from may include topics within the following fields:

  • Physical sciences
  • Cultural studies
  • Fine and creative arts
  • Social and psychological sciences


Typical, daily on-campus schedule

Instruction will begin on June 15 and end on June 26. Each class morning consists of students in small groups working closely with an instructor in personalized learning pathways tailored to the student’s goals.

After lunch, students will conduct experiments, enjoy on-campus experiential learning activities, or take in a presentation from a Wesleyan faculty member on a topic within their area of expertise. Afternoon sessions will also provide students with an exploration of college subjects.

After dinner, students will participate in recreational activities such as movies, games, concerts and other performances, talent shows, cooking classes, and other fun activities.


Sample Schedule

8:00 – 9:00                  Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30                Personalized learning

10:30 – 10:45              Break

10:45 – 12:00              Personalized language instruction (small group)

12:00 – 1:00                Lunch break

1:00 – 1:50                  Afternoon meeting or activity

2:00 – 4:30                  College subject exploration

4:30 – 6:00                  Social activities

6:00 – 7:00                  Dinner

5:30 – 9:00                  Evening activities

Off-campus experiences enhance learning

Academy students will enjoy various trips that will provide opportunities for students to practice their written and spoken English in the real world. The museums and cultural centers of Washington D.C. may be visited, as well as cultural areas of D.C. with significant international populations (as COVID-19 travel restrictions allow).

West Virginia’s scenic beauty and historic small towns will also serve as an off-campus “laboratory” for students to practice English. Hiking, rafting, climbing, bike riding, and trips to Appalachian cultural centers may be a part of the student experience (as COVID-19 travel restrictions allow).

Getting to West Virginia Wesleyan College

International students have a variety of options when arranging their flights. Washington/Dulles International Airport (IAD) provides the most flight options.  International students will be met at the airport by WVWC staff and transported to the campus.

Clarksburg Regional Airport (CKB) is a smaller airport close to our campus.  Flights from CKB connect to Dulles (IAD) and Chicago/O’Hare (ORD).  International students will be met at the airport by WVWC staff and transported to the campus.

Students should plan to arrive on campus on Sunday, June 13, 2021 with programming beginning on Monday, June 14, 2021.

When you arrive

Students will attend an orientation session, a campus tour, and will be given a West Virginia Wesleyan College I.D. card and a key to their room.

Leaving West Virginia Wesleyan College at the end of the academy

The academy ends on June 25, 2021. The College will transport students to their departure airport.


The cost of the academy is $1,990.00 USD.

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