Explore. See. Learn

The Summer ESL Program (Explore. See. Learn) offers exciting programs of full immersion in English in American Culture. This program is for students of all levels of proficiency to enjoy fun and engaging activities designed to maximize English acquisition. 

Program curricula are customizable for each group. English for Specific purposes is used to accommodate the requirements of the visiting groups. 

Sacred Heart University's beautiful campus is a wonderful environment in which to fully experience the successful learning culture that is essential to all students. 

Located in beautiful Fairfield County in New England, the surrounding cities, towns and countryside offer a wide variety of activities, field trips and excursions that enhance the students learning in a fully immersed environment. 

Summer Programs - Fairfield Campus Only

Two-week Program ($500 per person - not including accommodation - group size of 15):

Students will participate in ESL classes for 16 hours per week and various guest lectures from the faculty of Sacred Heart University.  Shuttles will be provided to transport the group. Several field trips and cultural excursion are planned including the following:

Core Experience: 

  • Sacred Heart TV studio learning experience
  • Visit to Yale New Haven Art Museum
  • Visit to Norwalk Maritime Aquarium
  • Visit to Bridgeport Discovery Museum
  • Visit to beach
  • Tour excursion to downtown Fairfield
  • Tour excursion to Trumbull Shopping Mall
  • Welcome lunch at Sacred Heart University 
  • Service Learning Opportunity 

Additional Options include: 

  • Bridgeport Adventure Park (additional $50 per person)
  • Bridgeport Zoo (additional $35 per person)
  • Lake Compounce Water Park (additional $85 per person)
  • Golf Lesson (additional $15 per person)
  • Bridgeport Planetarium (additional $35 per person)

Accommodation Options: 

Holiday Inn Bridgeport: Please contact the Holiday Inn directly for information on accommodation at 203-334-1234. Please use the code SHU Summer ESL or email: lscelfo@hibridgeport.com. Approximate cost for hotel stay is $70 per night. 

HomeStay: Please contact Meena Dadlani, Program Director, World Wide Gold Star Academics at 1-888-472-1918 X 103 or visit: www.wwgsa.com (Price is dependent on group size)

Details of Group Visits:

All groups should initially contact the director, Madeleine Golda, for a summer group visit. Some details are below relating to the organization of the groups. 

  • Tuition must be paid in advance prior to groups arrival. 
  • Students can attend the summer program using a visitor's visa. 
  • All students must complete an application form and submit details of emergency family member. Emergency Family contact cannot be an agent or school representative.
  • All students must show proof of medical insurance prior to arrival. 
  • All students will be required to take an online ESL placement test prior to their departure. 
  • All groups are legally required to bring one chaperone per group of 12 students. If there are males and females in the group, then there must be one male chaperone and one female chaperone. 
  • The schedule of events will be given to the group upon arrival at the University. The schedule will only be printed one week in advance. 
  • All "Additional options" must be booked prior to groups arrival in the USA. 
  • Food costs are the responsibility of the group. Information regarding the campus cafeteria opening hours will be made available to the groups. Information regarding the surrounding restaurants will also be given to the group. The group will have to keep the SHU chaperone informed of any changes to the schedule. 
Group Size Cost
Up to 15 students $500 per student
15 to 40 students $800 per student