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Maryville College

37804 502 E. Lamar Alexander Pkwy
(800) 597.2687 

Maryville College was founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 1,114 students, representing approximately 29 states, 19 countries and 1 territory. Ninety percent of full-time faculty members have doctoral degrees or appropriate terminal degrees. The student-to-faculty ratio is 12 to 1, with an average class size of 14. MC offers more than sixty, diverse fields of study are offered, with pre-professional programs such as pre-med, pre-law, business, pre-seminary, pre-dentistry, and pre-vet. MC is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; National Association of Schools of Music.


The Center for English Language Learning is a serious program designed for those who want to improve their total command of English quickly. The Center for English Language Learning offers six levels of instruction from beginning to advanced. Completion of each level requires ten weeks (two five - week units) of study. Students may join for only one five-week session, for two sessions, or any other length of time. All sessions have five hours of class per day, five days a week for full-time studies. All classes have fewer than 12 students per class; the average class size is 7-9. Students are in class 25 hours each week, Monday through Friday. Classes begin each day at 9:00 and end at 3:00, with a one-hour lunch break. Generally, students have homework every day.

The core curriculum includes grammar, reading, writing, and listening/speaking classes. We also offer some extra classes in subjects such as TOEFL preparation, pronunciation, English idioms, American culture, and so on.

The emphasis of the program is to improve a student’s overall English ability. All of the classes work towards students being more fluent, both orally and in writing communication. Thus, its graduates are well prepared to use English in any setting, including the TOEFL exam or other standard English exams such as the TOEIC, IELTS, etc.

There are 12 levels of study, each level taking five weeks. (The January 3-week term does not follow the same format; it is a 3-hour daily program with a stronger emphasis on sightseeing and tourism activities.)

All students are given grades at the end of each session (based on your work in class, your ability, and your attendance). Every ten weeks, all students are tested again so that we can ensure students are making adequate progress. At that time, some students may be moved into even higher levels if they show great progress; some students may be asked to join a lower level if the teachers feel that they would benefit most from reviewing some materials a second time.

$650 per 3-week session (the 3-week session features classes 3 hours per day instead of 5, and extra trips and activities in afternoon)
$50 Application fee
Books; Average cost $90 per session.
$100 damage deposit; refunded after finishing the studies
$100 non-refundable late fee for those arriving after 9pm on the designated arrival date.

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