Intensive English Language Program

The Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU), through the Ateneo Language Center (ALC) and the Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao (AIM) Office, offers the Intensive English Language Program to the undergraduate students of ADDU’s partner higher education institutions.

This program is a one-month on-site English language course and is offered to the undergraduate students of our partner institutions. It is designed to provide learners with intensive training toward English proficiency. This entails skills enhancement to expand vocabulary, polish pronunciation, and boost communication skills. Hence, the English Language Course’s provision of in-depth sessions for a well-rounded learning experience for English speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

The program is also infused with cultural learning immersion that introduces the history and heritage of Davao City, Mindanao, through study tours and academic dialogue.

And as part of the University’s efforts to foster Globally-Networked Learning Environments, the English Language Program invites international participants to a learning environment where they can improve their English language skills and comprehension. The program, therefore, provides in-depth sessions (e.g. speaking, listening, reading, and writing) for a well-rounded understanding of the English language. Instructors and experts from the Ateneo Language Center will facilitate the course and evaluate the participants. 




We are pleased to invite participants to enroll in our short-term Intensive English Language Course this May 2023. We hope you can nominate students to join the month-long program from 01 May 2023 to 31 May 2023. 

program overview (primer)course outline


Enable the students to develop their use of the English language as a medium of communication

Develop the students’ communication skills through intensive training on listening, speaking, reading, writing, and linguistic knowledge

Provide an avenue for intercultural appreciation of Mindanao and meaningful conversations and immersions


Each batch of the four-week Intensive English Language Program will host at most sixty (60) participants from partner higher education institutions abroad. The participants will be nominated by their home institutions and have to submit their applications via the nomination vetting process.

The students will be accompanied by their faculty companion/s or chaperone/s during the arrival and departure. The sending institution can also designate a faculty companion who wishes to stay with the participants for the duration of the program.

The upcoming Intensive English Language Program will be held from 01-31 May 2023 (including the arrival and departure dates). To confirm the participant’s acceptance to the program, the AIM Office will be sending a Notice of Acceptance (NOA).


The sessions will take on many formats, including virtual and on-site orientations, lectures, study visits, and other activities that will further the participants’ learning and experience.

Certification and Program Fee


Upon the program’s conclusion, the participants will receive a Certificate of Completion and Transcript of Records issued by the ADDU Registrar (with credits).

Program Fee

The program fee covers the welcome kits, accommodations, immigration fees, special student ID, library and internet access, learning materials, and modules for the entirety of the program. The participants are expected to cover their meals, airfare, and travel insurance.

  • 830 USD per participant: with transportation and city tours
  • 760 USD per participant: without transportation and city tours

The faculty companion/chaperone who will be staying for the duration of the program in ADDU will also have a separate program fee.

Eligible Student Applicants

The program accepts 60 enrolled undergraduate students per batch.

  • The student must be of legal age;
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate program of the partner Higher Education Institution (HEI); 
  • Pre-selected and nominated by the home institution; and
  • Has a valid passport.
Faculty Companions

Students from sending institutions are being sent off as international students to ADDU. The faculty companion, as the primary emergency contact for international mobility programs, should be able to coordinate constantly with the Ateneo Internationalization for Mindanao Office and Ateneo Language Center.

Students should be accompanied by their faculty companion/s during the arrival and departure. It is up to the sending institution to decide on the duration of the personnel-in-charge or a chaperone who will stay with the participants. The chaperones will be billeted in the accommodations, which is covered by a program fee. They will be oriented accordingly, especially with the safety and security guidelines.

The faculty companion/chaperone who will be staying the duration of the program with the students at ADDU:

  • Must be an employee of the partner Higher Education Institution (HEI); 
  • Must have the appropriate qualifications and experiences related to off-campus activities, such as first-aid and medical emergency training; and
  • Has a valid passport.


Step 1 - Send a Group Application Form

Submit the accomplished Application Form (in PDF). Kindly make a copy before saving, and send via email to the AIM Office (

The nomination form is to be completed by your designated Representative or Point Person for this program. The Representative can either be the Head of the International Office of your University/Institution or a designated Program Officer or Academic Head for your intercultural exchange applications. Students are not eligible to apply directly; there must be a formal nomination from their academic institution.

The faculty companion/contact person should fill out the necessary information in the nomination form and submit it to the AIM Office (

Deadline: 15 March 2023 (Wednesday), 05:00 PM (GMT+8 PHST)

Kindly indicate the subject of the email: [Name of Institution] Intensive English Language Program (May 2023)

Step 2 - Fill Out the Profile Form Individually

Once listed in the Application Form, the participants must individually complete the Profile Form to confirm their application. The form requires that the participants upload a soft copy of their passports. 

Deadline: 18 March 2023 (Saturday), 05:00 PM (GMT+8 PHST)

Step 3 - Wait for Confirmation from the AIM Office

The applications will be reviewed by the AIM Office and the ALC. The resolution of applications will be communicated via email.

The Notice of Acceptance (NOA) will include an invoice for the registration payment and the program agreement for institutional participation.

Step 4 - Send the Signed Program Agreement, Student Waiver, and Proof of Payment

Upon receipt of the NOA, the Representative must file for the approval of the program agreement for institutional participation and deposit the payment covering the registration fee. The students must also submit their waiver and commitment letter.

Kindly submit the signed program agreement, student waiver, and a scanned copy of your bank deposit slip (or other proof of transaction) via email to the AIM Office ( 

Deadline: 27 March 2023 (Monday), 05:00 PM (GMT+8 PHST)

You will be provided with an official receipt once the payment has been confirmed. The primer, orientation date, and deadline for travel requirements will be communicated at this stage.

Step 5 - Submit your Flight Itinerary, Visa, and Travel Insurance

Only upon the confirmation of participation via the NOA are the participants encouraged to prepare for the travel necessities such as plane tickets and health insurance.

All documents pertaining to the travel logistics will be submitted by the named Representative to the AIM Office at this point (i.e. flight itinerary and travel insurance).

Step 6 - Attend the Pre-Event Orientation

The participants are required to attend the program’s virtual orientation before their arrival dates.

Schedule: 21 April 2023 (Friday), 02:00 PM (GMT+8 PHST)