Temple University



  • prepare for an American university?

  • prepare for a graduate or professional degree?

  • improve your resume in order to obtain a fulfilling job?

  • acquire an understanding of American culture?

  • enhance your everyday life?

If you answered yes to any of the reasons above, Temple University’s Center for American Language and Culture has a program to help you achieve your goals!


As Philadelphia’s largest and only public university, Temple University (TOP 50 Best Public Schools, U.S. News & World Report) is home to over 37,000 students and more than 340,000 alumni from across the world. With over 150 undergraduate majors across 17 schools and colleges in the combined fields of business, arts, science, technology, and many more, Temple offers students the benefits of a large university with small school appeal, as well as access to an excellent, affordable higher education that prepares students for careers, further learning and active citizenship in and outside of the United States.

Temple’s Center for American Language and Culture (TCALC), founded in 1974, has a long tradition of helping students build their reading, writing and speaking skills in English. Whether you want to improve your English language skills for career purposes, gain admission to a degree, or enhance your knowledge of U.S. culture, TCALC can help you reach your goals.

Founded in 1884, Temple University has evolved from a night school into an internationally renowned higher education institution. Temple is also classified as one of the most active research universities.

  • R1 Carnegie Classification Doctoral University (the highest research activity among four-year universities)

  • Top 100 Best Value Schools Among National Universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 Edition

  • Top 50 Best Public Schools Among National Universities, U.S. News & World Report, 2021 Edition


Located in Philadelphia, Temple students are integral to the city’s identity and community. Together, Temple and its Philadelphia location offer outstanding value to students including academic quality, employment prospects and an unrivaled student experience. The university’s international campuses in Rome and Tokyo and study abroad programs offer students opportunities to study abroad across six continents.

Temple University Main Campus in Philadelphia offers students a vibrant urban life with diverse academic, professional and cultural experiences. 

Philadelphia is

  • the first capital of the United States.

  • the first UNESCO World Heritage city in the United States.  

  • the second-largest city on the east coast of the United States.

  • close to the New Jersey Beaches, also known as "the shore," and the Pocono Mountains.

  • close to New York City, and Washington, D.C., and Boston.

Check out this virtual tour and explore Philadelphia, our city, from home. 


TCALC Online English Classes

Perfect your English from home or anywhere with one or more classes that suit your needs, schedule and budget!

  • Apply in 3 easy steps!
  • Same high-quality program with experienced and qualified instructors 
  • One-on-one interaction and real–time instruction with students from around the world 
  • Individualized assistance from our Student Services team
  • Small class sizes  
  • Access to the library, Student Succcess Center and other university resources 
  • Weekly online private tutoring sessions 
  • Online social events like game night and movie night  

IELP (7-week sessions)

Improve your English and your American cultural fluency in sessions that fit your schedule

  • Sessions available six times per year. Start when it’s convenient for you!
  • Courses in TOEFL preparation, American film & more
  • Take advantage of university facilities, conversation partners & excursions in the Philadelphia and surrounding region
  • Learn from caring and experienced ESL instructors who hold a Master’s degree or Ph.D. in Teaching English as a Second Language or a related field
  • Successful completion of Advanced 2 in the IELP meets the university language requirement for admission

Special Programs

  • EducationUSA Academy at Temple University (for high school students)
  • American Culture at Temple (ACT)
  • 4-Week Super-Intensive English
  • Graduate Academic English (GAE)


Most Temple students live on or near our Main Campus in Philadelphia. Temple's dormitory offers a variety of living experiences, from apartment-style to doubles and singles.


Discover all that Temple University has to offer and join our community of students from more than 130 countries. Start your application today!


Yiran Yao, ‘16

China | Conditional Admission

Theater Director, Shanghai Disney

BA in Film and Media Production

Internship: Disneyland California


“My Temple experience helped me grasp more in-depth knowledge of art and culture, which was a huge help in landing my first internship at Disneyland and my current position at Shanghai Disney.”


Ayna Mammedova, ‘23

Turkmenistan | #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholar


Leadership: International Student Advisory Board


“Before applying, I was a bit nervous about the application process. After watching videos on #YouAreWelcomeHere, I was calm and confident. The university is so kind with its international students, and I am proud to be one of them.”


Temple's dedicated International Services Staff will support you from pre-arrival through graduation, from navigating legal documentation, visa and immigration questions, to providing personalized advising services. With more than 300 registered student organizations, 18 Division I sports teams, and numerous concerts, pep rallies and campus traditions, students can enjoy many opportunities to make friends, learn about others and prepare for their career through signature programs.


School Size: Large

Tuition: $29,712–$38,544

Affiliation: Public

Type of School: University

Student Body Gender: Co-ed

Religious Affiliation: None

Scholarships for International Students: Yes

Conditional Admission Available: Yes

Top Programs: Business, Management and Related Programs; Science, Technology and Engineering; Media, Communication and Related Programs; Visual and Performing Arts; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Setting: Urban

Accreditation and Certification: MSCHE, ACCSB, ABET, NASAD, CEPH, ABA

Type of Housing: Dormitory, Off-campus Housing, Homestay

Test Scores: TOEFL iBT 79, IELTS 6.0, PTE Academic 53, iTEP Academic Plus 3.9, C1 Advanced & C2 Proficiency, Duolingo 110; Standardized Test Scores (SAT, ACT or any other approved international qualifications) are optional.

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$1,000—$5,000 Session

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Top Programs

English Language (ESL), English for Specific Purposes Programs, Summer Intensive English

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Type of School

University/Intensive English Program

  • School Size

  • Student Body Gender

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation
  • Scholarships for International Students

  • Conditional Admission Available

  • Setting

  • Accreditation and Certification

    EnglishUSA Member
  • Type of Housing

    Homestay, Apartment

Philadelphia PA
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