English Engagement Seminar

EES students group shot in front of Kauke Hall

Get What You Need to Succeed

International students may begin their adventure at the College of Wooster with our English Engagement Seminar. These two and a half weeks are designed to help students gain the language, social, and cultural foundations to thrive during their time in college.


English Engagement Seminar is an intensive course in reading, writing, speaking, and listening in English. Students will be more confident in using English in social settings with new friends, for completing practical tasks like shopping out in the community, and in academic settings on campus such as classes and study groups.


This course will also prepare students for success by introducing them to the academic culture at the College. Students will begin to understand what American professors expect of students and what resources are available on campus. Students who attend EES also get a head start on college – the program is worth 0.5 graduation credits! Students who begin their ELL support during the EES can also earn up to 0.7 GPA points higher in their first year.

Social and Cultural

EES is a time to explore and connect. Students will move into their residence halls early and have a chance to form friendships with other participants before classes start. Participants will experience the local area and culture; in the past, students have visited Amish country, gone ice skating, or explored Wooster.

Who should attend?

English Engagement Seminar can benefit any new Wooster international student. Students whose most recent TOEFL score is below 96 or whose IELTS score is below 7 are strongly encouraged to register for this program. Students with test scores above TOEFL 95 or IELTS 7 are also welcome to apply to the EES and will be admitted to the program if space is available. If TOEFL or IELTS scores are not available, students must contact Carla Reyes for English language assessment instructions.

Program Fee

The $2900 fee includes tuition, fees, housing, meals on campus, transportation, and activities and excursions. This fee will be added to your student bill in the fall.

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Other (Semi-Random) Details You Need to Know

English Engagement Seminar is held immediately before International Student Orientation, which is mandatory for students who are non-immigrant visa holders (both students and language assistants) and global nomads.

Students will need to order linens to use in their dorm room.

The table below lists important dates and deadlines.


For questions about the EES course, contact Carla Reyes. For questions about arriving for the EES, contact by email. For questions about residence life or ordering bedding, contact Carly Jones.

Important Dates

EES Program Dates July 29-August 15, 2019 July 27-August 13, 2020
Deadline to Complete your EES Enrollment May 15 May 13
Submit flight arrival information deadline June 30 June 28
Linens order deadline for arrival in time for EES June 24 June 26
Shuttles available from CLE airport to campus
*Check back after July 6 for specific pick-up times
July 29 July 27