Summer English Institute

What is SEI?
The Summer English Institute is the first step in WAnet’s unique and valuable preparation program for each of its international students. SEI gives each student a significant advantage and head start among international students coming into the American educational system. Held each July and early August immediately preceding the start of the American high school year, SEI includes nearly three weeks of intense classroom instruction and one week of cultural travel and university visit experiences. All students placed in a WAnet school are required to attend SEI and gain this enormous advantage. WAnet schools place a heavy value on the impact of SEI on their incoming international students. In addition to WAnet students, any international student serious about improving their English and gaining the many other benefits SEI provides are welcome to apply.


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SEI 2018 Dates & Location

SEI will be held from July 13-August 6, 2018 on the campus of California Baptist University near Los Angeles, California with travel to San Diego, San Francisco, and optional additional travel to Boston and New York City.

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SEI Eligibility

Any international student ages 11-18 is welcome to apply to the appropriate WAnet Program.  Students planning to attend an American high school, an American university, or those simply planning to continue their study of the English language within their home country will benefit greatly. 


WAnet Schools will model and hold students accountable to core life values:  honesty, hard work, respect towards everyone, a positive attitude and adaptable spirit. We do expect respect towards our core values.


Notes on Pricing:

  • The SEI fee is all-inclusive, covering every expense the student has during their time at SEI (room, food/meals, medical insurance, classroom supplies, travel within the U.S., social activities, and classes).
  • The round trip airplane ticket to and from America is the responsibility of the student’s family and must be purchased according to the guidelines determined by WAnet.
  • For students continuing on to their new WAnet school in the United States, WAnet will arrange transportation for the student.
  • Students should bring extra money for souvenirs and extra merchandise they desire to purchase on weekends and during the travel portion.


  • Students will travel to Los Angeles, California on July 13 or 14, 2018.
  • Parents are responsible for cost and arrangements for international flights to and from the U.S.
  • WAnet will purchase and coordinate all travel domestically in the U.S. during SEI.
  • Students will live in modern, beautiful dormitories at the host SEI site for all summer programs.
  • Meals will be provided in the university cafeteria.
  • All supervisors are trained, positive role models considered among the best available in the U.S.
  • A nurse and student needs staff is always available to care for medical needs.
  • SEI students not going on the east coast travel week will fly out from San Francisco.
  • SEI students going on the east coast travel week will fly out from New York-JFK Airport on August 10.
  • WAnet will purchase tickets and coordinate travel on behalf of students continuing on to WAnet schools at the end of SEI.