Loyola University Chicago

Summer Scholars


Summer Pre-Collegiate English Language Learning (SPELL) Program

Loyola offers an intensive 3-week academic English program with customized, chaperoned cultural excursions around the city of Chicago for pre-collegiate students ages 16-20 years old.

Students are enrolled in ESL classes that focus on improving their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills while studying interesting topics related to American culture and lifestyle. 

SPELL students will also:

  • Get a real, first-hand look at college life
  • Connect with new friends and mentors from across the country
  • Meet renowned Loyola faculty & staff members
  • Live on campus in a residence hall with both American and International high school students
  • Have daily access to College Coaches (undergraduate student mentors) who also live in the same building


Class Schedule
Monday - Friday 9:00-11:50AM Reading and Writing
Monday-Thursday 1:00-3:50PM Listening and Speaking
Friday-Sunday Cultural excursions and activities on Friday afternoons and weekends

The SPELL students will participate in co-curricular and extracurricular afternoon, evening and weekend activities which will allow them to improve their English skills. These activities may include: service work, classroom field trips, boat tours, museum visits, Second City, paintballing, visiting the Indiana Dunes and even Six Flags. We encourage our students to explore their new city and all that it has to offer. Review our Activity Calendar for more program examples.


Price does not include airfare or health insurance
TOTAL COST: $4,500  

The prices listed above are subject to change.

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Click HERE to begin the ESL Application.

Use the Following Steps to Access Your ESL Application:

  1. Register and create a Loyola account
  2. Check your personal email and enter the numerical PIN that was sent to you
  3. Change your password (remember to create a unique password)
  4. Click 'Start New Application' to begin your ESL application
  5. Select the academic year you wish to study - (ex. 2015)
  6. Select the 'English Language Learning Program (ESL)' application
  7. Begin the ESL application

Please visit the ESL APPLICATION page for screenshot directions. 


SPELL provides each student a personal, innovative and fun pre-collegiate summer experience which helps them to prepare to be a college student - today. Our students are given independence, provided with new opportunities and encounter a whole lot of changes

For more information, please contact the English Learning Program at (773)508-3899(773)508-3880 or via email: ESL@LUC.EDU

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