Office of Student Academic Services
International Students and Scholars

Skidmore English Language Immersion (SKELI) Program

The SKELI program is designed to improve your academic English fluency and to prepare you for the challenges of a Skidmore education.  The core of the program is a summer intensive English course called EN095 (English for Academic Purposes) that is short but rigorous.  You will attend classes for 4 to 6 hours a day, Monday through Friday, for five weeks (early July through early August).  You will focus on academic writing and reading, critical and creative thinking, research skills, and grammar.

Participants in the SKELI program are high school graduates and candidates to matriculate as degree-seeking students at Skidmore College.  The Office of Admission will make admission offers to students with the compulsory or optional registration of the SKELI summer program.  Admission to participate in the SKELI program is only offered through the Office of Admission for full-time, degree-seeking students.

EN095 (English for Academic Purposes) balances a concern with language with a recognition that we are entering into a unique academic space with its own norms and expectations. We will make time to expand our proficiency with at least two “Englishes”—that of academic discourse and the more casual register that will be a part of life outside of class. Beyond language itself, we challenge ourselves to try new modes of thinking as we embrace Skidmore’s culture of critical and creative thinking. In support of these bold goals, Skidmore has made an equally forthright commitment to the students, who will enjoy the support of the instructor, teaching assistant, in-dorm peer mentor, Writing Center tutors, and an international academic advisor.

For information read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and you can contact the course instructor, Thad Niles ( or the international student advisor, Darren Drabek (

Goals of EN095 Writing Instruction

Goals of EN095 Oral/Aural Competency Instruction