EES Students in front of Kauke Arch

English Engagement Seminar

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!

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 95 or whose IELTS score is below 7 are strongly encouraged to register for this program, and space is reserved first for these students. If TOEFL or IELTS scores are not available, students must contact Carla Reyes for English language assessment instructions.

Students with test scores above TOEFL 95 or IELTS 7 may also apply to the EES and will be admitted to the program if space is available.

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.

Register for the EES!

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 Kendra Morehead. For questions about residence life or ordering bedding, contact Carly Jones.

Important Dates

EES Program Dates July 27-August 14, 2018 July 29-August 15, 2019 July 27-August 13, 2020
Program registration deadline May 16 May 15 May 13
Submit flight arrival information deadline July 1 June 30 June 28
Linens order deadline for arrival in time for EES June 25 June 24 June 26
Shuttles available from CLE airport to campus
*Check back after July 6 for specific pick-up times
July 27 July 29 July 27