Pre-Business Summer Program: English for Professional Purposes: Business (EPP:B)



The English for Professional Purposes: Business (EPP:B) program is an intensive seven-week program that provides language training in business English. The program has been designed in collaboration with Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business (RCB) and is intended to prepare candidates for the demands of graduate coursework.  Priority will be given to incoming RCB students who are required to take the program as a condition of admission. If space is available, other qualified students may choose to enroll in the program.

By the end of the summer, hard-working students will be prepared for RCB graduate programs and will have…

  • improved their written and spoken English;
  • presented clear, logical, and well-supported oral communication and writing;
  • become exposed to language and content encountered in Robinson College of Business programs;



To succeed as an RCB graduate student and a business professional in the U.S, you need both confidence and a strong command of English communication skills.  Thus, a solid foundation of U.S. academic and business culture is necessary.  The EPP:B program gives you the unique opportunity to get a head start on your specialized RCB program by teaching you core skills, such as networking, presentation skills, resume writing, interviewing skills, business writing, and leading group discussions and projects.  Don’t miss this opportunity to build skills that prepare you for success as you begin your specialized Master’s program.


Dates: TBD – Summer 2019

The EPPB program has been cancelled for Summer 2018  – check back for Summer 2019 dates

EPP:L Program Tuition $3456
Student Fees $120*
Health Insurance $465*
Application Fee

Waived (RCB Admits only)

$125 (non RCB Students)

* Subject to change


To be admitted to the EPP:B program, students must have a 80 (or higher) on the TOEFL or a 6.0 (or higher) on the IELTS.

  • Conditionally accepted Robinson College of Business (RCB) program students will be fully accepted to GSU’s RCB degree program upon successful completion of the EPP:B
  • *Non-GSU students who wish to be admitted to the EPP:B program need to demonstrate English proficiency with a 80+ TOEFL or a 6.0+ IELTS
  • Students with scores below 80 (TOEFL) or 6.0 (IELTS) may take the EPP:B program after successful completion level 5 IEP courses – please visit the IEP website for details regarding the IEP program:

*Priority will be given to incoming Robinson College of Business students at  who are required to take the program as a condition of admission. If space is available, other business students may be admitted to the course.


The application deadline for the Summer 2018 EPP:B program is May 14, 2018 (for applicants outside the U.S.) or June 4, 2018 (applicants inside the U.S.).

To apply for the EPP:B program, fill out the IEP – EPP:B application by clicking on the link below;


Please scan the application and required documents and send to [email protected]


International applicants are required to request a student visa for the Intensive English Program in order to obtain the F-1 visa and must enroll in the full-time program (18 hours). At the end of the summer, the IEP will transfer the I-20 to the ISSS office so that you can begin studies at Robinson College of Business. If you hold an F-1 visa and are attending another program, you must transfer your SEVIS record from your current school to the IEP.

Student Visa Application Requirements:

  • Bank Statement
  • Sponsor Letter
  • Completed Application
  • Photocopy of Passport ID Page


The EPP:B program provides 5 courses with 20 hours of in-class instruction per week.

  • Business Reading and Writing: applying reading strategies to report ideas from business-content reading materials; writing business memos, and more.
  • Speaking and Listening for Presentations: practicing listening skills and giving different types of academic presentations; improving personalized aspects of pronunciation, and more.
  • American Classroom Culture Preparation: actively speaking out in class; practicing group discussion strategies; leading group projects and more.
  • Career Skills for Business Students: applying networking, interviewing, and resume writing skills; learning appropriate business etiquette, and more.
  • Special Topics in Business School Preparation: Experiential Fridays:  learning from authentic experiences such as networking events, guest lectures, business visits, student panels, and more.


Housing is available during the summer on campus. See the Georgia State University Housing page at for more information on housing.