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English for Science and Technology
English for Science and Technology

English for Science and Technology—4 weeks

To apply, complete an application for enrollment now.

English for Science and Technology (EST) is designed to help international undergraduates and graduate students and professionals become more comfortable using English as a common language in the fields of science and technology. In a highly interactive learning environment—mixing group and individual project work with in-class and out-of-class activities and visits—students improve their overall English language skills (i.e., listening, speaking, reading and writing) as well as the critical thinking, verbal presentation, interviewing and research skills needed as international scientists, engineers and technical experts.

Participants visit laboratories and high-tech companies and are introduced to exciting hot topics in research and the latest applications. They increase their awareness of issues and concerns of businesses in emerging technologies. Upon completion of the English for Science and Technology Program, participants will have:

  • Improved verbal presentation and analytical research skills, and strenghtened their pronunciation
  • Used logic and critical thinking skills to discuss a variety of scientific and technological topics with peers
  • Organized their own ideas, created slides and made effective oral presenations in English
  • Become aware of issues and concerns of new businesses in emerging technologies

Participants must have a high school diploma or be at least 18 years old to enroll in this program.


  • Four weeks in summer and winter
  • 20 hours of instruction per week
  • Levels of instruction from low-intermediate to advanced
  • Includes lectures and site trips to high-tech companies and laboratories
  • Small classes (approximately 12-16 students)
  • UC Davis students as conversation partners
  • Highly-qualified and experienced instructors
  • Daily recreational, cultural and social activities with UC Davis student leaders
  • Optional weekend trips may include Yosemite National Park, Napa Valley, San Francisco and Los Angeles

Placement by English Language Ability

Participants take an English placement test upon arrival and are placed in EST courses accordingly. Students must have low-intermediate levels or above.

Sample English for Science and Technology Program Schedule*
  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9 - 9:50 a.m. Listening and Pronunciation (daily)
10 - 10:50 Intercultural Research Project (daily)
11 - 11:50 Hot Topics in Science and Technology (daily)
Lunch Break  
1:10 - 2:00 p.m.   Pre class Introduction to Regional Business and Industry** Post class  
2:10 - 3:00      

**Site visits have included Genentech, Novzymes, Schilling Robotics, UC Davis Northern California Nanotechnology Center, Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology, California Energy Commission, IDEO, the Plug and Play Tech Center, California Fuel Cell Partnership, Hewlett-Packard and the Intel Museum.

*Classes my be scheduled during the afternoon in summer.

To apply, complete an application for enrollment now.







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4-week English for Science and Technology
Dates and Fees*
Session Dates Tuition
Winter 2015
1st program
January 9 - February 6, 2015 $1,840
Winter 2015
2nd program
February 12 - March 13, 2015 $1,840
Summer 2015
1st program
July 2 - July 31, 2015 $1,940
Summer 2015
2nd program
August 7 - September 4, 2015 $1,940
Winter 2016
1st program
January 8 - February 5, 2016 $1,940
Winter 2016
2nd program
February 11 - March 11, 2016 $1,940
Summer 2016
1st program
July 1 - July 29, 2016 $2,040
Summer 2016
2nd program
August 11 - September 9, 2016 $2,040

*Prices and program dates are subject to change.

Other program costs**
Item Cost
Application fee and express mail fee (nonrefundable) $160 (one-time fee)
Student Services fee
(includes general advising services, immigration advising, computing accounts, access to computer labs, wireless network, the MRC, library card, email and Internet access, city bus pass, social events and afternoon activities)
Medical insurance $30 per week

**All prices are subject to change.