Welcome to PES

The Certificate Program in Professional English Studies (PES) offers international professionals opportunities to refine their English skills for the workplace while they develop their knowledge of American business culture and public policy practices.  As participants explore the fields of business and policy administration, they develop their leadership and networking skills.

Individuals who enroll in the fall semester program learn principles of American business practices and have opportunities to network and interact with native English speakers in professional settings. They will analyze case studies, develop business plans, and explore topics such as microfinance, negotiation, and business ethics.

Individuals who enroll in the spring semester program learn principles of organizational behavior, public policy, and non-profit administration with a focus on leadership and community engagement.  Program participants will also engage in independent field work involving the government or non-profit sector. They will have opportunities to visit government agencies at the local, state, and federal level in the region. 

Participants may enroll in either the fall or spring semester programs, or they may choose to enroll for both semesters. Courses provided each semester are designed to develop reading, writing, listening, speaking, and presentation skills, as well as a level of self-confidence enabling participants to continue to advance in their selected fields.

PES participants:

  • Develop an advanced level of English for professional purposes.
  • Develop extensive practice in professional reading and writing.
  • Conduct supervised field experience in which they use their English skills outside the classroom.
  • Participate in organized cultural activities.
  • Experience a vibrant university community.


The mission of the Intensive English Program at Georgetown University is to provide quality language instruction and cultural orientation to students who require English for their academic, professional or personal needs. The program supports students with different language backgrounds and learning styles by helping them acquire:

  • the ability to use English effectively when speaking, listening, reading and writing
  • the ability to communicate in culturally appropriate ways
  • an awareness of the distinctive qualities of American culture in comparison with their own and other cultures