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Marywood Universityty

18509-1598 2300 Adams Avenue
(570) 340-6077  

MU was founded in 1915 by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Situated on a hill top, Marywood's scenic 115-acre campus is part of an attractive residential area of the city of Scranton in northeastern Pennsylvania. 

Marywood's programs are administered through four degree-granting colleges. Undergraduate degrees are offered in over 50 academic programs including the arts, sciences, music, fine arts, social work, and nursing. All students are required to complete a core curriculum in the liberal arts in addition to the courses in their major.

The University enrolls over 3,000 students in an array of undergraduate and graduate programs.3 It employs 300 faculty members at Marywood, 132 are full-time and 80 percent of these hold the Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1.

The University is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


The Intensive English Program (IEP) at Marywood is designed for international students who want to improve their English proficiency for academic purposes, business, communication, careers, and culture. While enrolled in the IEP students spend up to 20 hours each week in class. Class work emphasizes English language skills as well as practical information for living and studying in the United States. Marywood faculty is a corps of competent and caring individuals who provide personal attention to their students. Students are welcome to meet with teachers outside of class whenever they have concerns.

Some of the courses offered include: 
Listening  This course addresses all aspects of listening from sound discrimination to taking notes in a college classroom.
Speaking In this class, the instructor encourages students to communicate their ideas in English in informal discussion groups, role plays, and problem solving situations. Pronunciation, inflection, and intonation are addressed. Students also practice speaking in front of a class.
Reading This course emphasizes vocabulary building, reading comprehension, and reading skills. Students  learn reading strategies to help them increase their reading speed and reduce their dependency on dictionaries.
Writing The writing course at Marywood is designed to guide students in expressing their ideas in clear, coherent, concise English. Students will perform guided writing activities at the sentence, paragraph, and research paper levels.
English in the American Media  With a teacher as a guide, students explore films, television, and other media formats as sources for learning English and American culture.
Reading/Writing Workshop  In a relaxed setting, students create elements of the language, such as menus, directions, TV program highlights, short stories, and soap operas. This class is appropriate for all levels of English proficiency.
American Culture   In this fun approach to learning English, students examine cross-cultural situations, United States popular culture, and traditions in America.

15 weeks, fall/spring semester - $3,750
5 weeks, summer session - $1,250

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