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The International Center for Academic and Professional English is more than English as a Second Language (ESL).

Part of a robust academic advising structure, we offer non-credit and credit courses, workshops, and tutoring to help multilingual speakers of English improve their writing and communication skills as well as their academic and social integration. We also offer intensive English pathway programs for high school students, conditionally admitted university students and professionals, and testing services.

ICAPE is located in Maginnes Hall 246.

New Update: ICAPE will also offer ACT 48 intercultural communication Workshop for PA teachers! Click Here!


Considering the global spread of different varieties of English and the various ages at which students achieve proficiency in the language domestically and internationally, the single term “ESL” no longer characterizes the rich diversity that they bring to campus. The term “multi-lingual speaker of English” captures a broader variety of more proficient English users.


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StepUp Bootcamp was a good way to make my summer meaningful. Everything was so different here in the United States. The people that I have met were helpful and thoughtful. Spending time with Lehigh’s students, learning from them about living, studying, and communicating prepared me to get more involved in Lehigh University and American culture.

Jiageng Zheng, StepUp Bootcamp

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