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International Accelerator Program

Academic English

Prepare yourself for English-speaking classrooms with this program, designed to give undergraduate and graduate students strong language support so you will feel more comfortable learning in English.

As an Academic English Student:

You complete the Academic English program and can transition into the Extended Accelerator Program and start working toward your degree.

Program Information

  • Available to: Students at both the undergradaute and graduate level*
  • First-Year Program Length Options: 1 semester (17 weeks)
  • Program Curriculum: Planned
  • Credits Earned Toward Degrees: Not applicable
  • Progression Requirements: Successful completion of the Academic English program (GPA + Levels)

*Note: Progression into the summer semester is not available for graduate students. 

Entry Requirements

  • GPA Requirement: 2.5
  • One of these scores:
    • Minimum TOEFL®: Below 60
    • Minimum IELTS™: Below 5.0
    • Minimum iTEP: Below 3.0 
  • GPA Requirement: 3.0*
    • *MSEM GPA requirement: 2.75
  • One of these scores:
    • Minimum TOEFL®: Below 74
    • Minimum IELTS™: Below 6.0
    • Minimum iTEP: Below 4.0 


Important Dates

Event Summer 2020 Fall 2020
Application Deadline April 20, 2020 July 13, 2020
Payment Deadline May 5, 2020 July 29, 2020
Move-in Date May 19, 2020 August 12, 2020
Program Start Date May 20, 2020 August 13, 2020

All dates may be subject to change.

Estimated Costs

Subject  Summer 2020 Fall 2020
Tuition and Fees* $3,350 $6,700
Housing $4,321 $4,088 - $6,594
Dining n/a $897 - $2,120
Health Insurance $675 $675
Total $8,346 $12,360 - $16,089

*Includes all classes, airport pick-up, tutoring as needed, signature student experiences, academic counseling and support, etc. 


Undergraduate Progression Details 

Following completion of your 8 week session you will progress into the program that is right for you depending on your academic background and English-language proficiency.

Anticipated Program Program Duration  GPA Requirement English Language Requirement
International Direct Directly Enrolled/Degree-seeking 3.0 IELTS 6.5 or Equivalent 
Academic Accelerator 2 Semesters 2.5 IELTS 5.5 or Equivalent 
Extended Accelerator 3 Semesters  2.5 IELTS 5.0 or Equivalent 

*All students will be tested upon arrival to confirm program duration.  

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