Summer Immersion Program

The College of Idaho Summer Immersion Program

“This experience made me yearn for the college life in America.”

July 10-30, 2016

This program is a unique experience for select international students who aspire to immerse themselves in the English language, experience traditional American culture, and develop their college skills in a vibrant, safe, and beautiful academic setting. The curriculum consists of three full weeks of daily instruction, extracurricular activities, and cultural excursions that aim to increase students’ proficiency in the English language and prepare them for successful entry into an American college. All program participants will have access to our wonderful campus facilities including our college library, tennis courts, indoor swimming pool, gym facilities, fully staffed cafeteria, student center and game lounge, and much more. All of last year’s participants who responded to our survey indicated that they “strongly agree” that their ability to communicate in English had improved.

We believe that students, faculty, administrators, and the students’ families will be impressed by the breadth of academic challenges students will be exposed to during our Summer 2016 program. Students will participate in a series of additional alternating learning modules on the topics of music, business, politics, environmental studies, literature, art, theater (selected topics will vary from year to year). Students will attend a Shakespearean play at Boise’s nationally-famous Idaho Shakespeare Festival Theatre, embark on river rafts to explore the majestic Snake River, and attend a traditional country rodeo. As students reinforce their science vocabulary, they will be out in the fields with our biology instructors gathering samples and then examining specimens in the laboratory. Our summer program promotes curiosity, activity, and application. We have seen how even the most hesitant of non-native English speakers gain confidence in the language and open themselves to new cultural experiences. We hope to see you here at The College of Idaho in Summer 2016!

Paul Sebastian
Program Director


  • When: July 10-30, 2016
  • Where: The College of Idaho campus, located in the scenic, safe college town of Caldwell, Idaho, in the northwestern United States. Caldwell is a safe college town of 50,000 residents, located in a valley surrounded by farmlands, vineyards, parks, mountains, and world-famous rivers (including the Snake River), yet only 25 minutes away from Boise, Idaho’s capital city, where Boise International Airport [airport code: BOI] is located.
  • Cost:  Fees are arranged with school groups and include course materials, room, board (continental breakfast, lunch, and dinner in our school cafeteria), extracurricular fees, and all evening and weekend outings. Students must pay for their own airfare and medical insurance. 
  • Lodging: Modern on-campus dormitories, bedroom suites with kitchens and private, individual bathrooms (bath/shower, toilet). Each bedroom comes with bedding, student desk, dresser, and closet. Each suite also has a washing machine and dryer.
  • Food: Fresh, healthy foods supplied by our on-campus cafeteria “Bon Appétit.” Students enjoy a variety of recipes from around the world. Our newly renovated eating area is comfortable and modern.    
  • Safety: Students will be under supervision and care of faculty, staff, and accompanying chaperones. We have a fully staffed and expertly trained campus security office that is always open. Our policy is to require one chaperone from your institution for every 15 students from your party. The accompanying chaperone will receive free lodging and meals for the entire program.

 Schedule Overview:

  • Mornings (8:30 a.m. to noon): English instruction by faculty, focused on building strong writing, reading, and conversational skills. College prep courses and modules in Music, American Politics, and American Law.
  • Afternoons (2 – 6 p.m.): Additional instruction focused on short readings and language acquisition. Field research and environmental science module. Physical activities and self-guiding reading.
  • Evenings and weekends: Cultural excursions including Shakespeare theatre, white water rafting, meet the Mayor of Caldwell, tour the state capital building, and more.

Registration: We intend to limit the Summer 2016 Program to 50 participants. We are also willing to develop  a specific program with different curricular emphases for a smaller group of 15-25 students from an individual school.

For more information, email [email protected]