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Communication and Culture

Communication and Culture

Who should take this course?

This program is for students with a general interest in improving their English fluency, ability to speak and understand everyday spoken American English, and increase their knowledge of American culture. All levels of English proficiency (ELI core levels 99-110) may take this program. Student's English proficiency is determined during the first week of the program (week 0).


2014 Dates (click here for complete list of program dates):

  • January 6 - March 21
  • March 31 - June 13
  • June 23 - September 5
  • September 22 - December 5

Program Schedule:

  • Monday - Friday

  • Classes are held between 8:30 - 4:30 PM

  • 11 weeks - 20 hours per week (first week is testing, orientation & registration)

  • Schedule varies depending on level and classes chosen

Required Courses:

  • Core classes for fluency and comprehension

  • Everyday speaking and understanding

  • American society and culture
  • Wide variety of elective courses

Elective Courses (depending on student's English proficiency level):

  • American Music

  • Listening through Music

  • American Film

  • TOEFL/TOEIC Preparation

  • Idioms and Slang

  • Everyday English

  • American Culture

  • American Short Story

  • Vocabulary Development

  • Conversation

  • Reading and Writing

  • Current Events

  • Oral Presentations

Cost (In U.S. Dollars):

Application Fee: $150 (nonrefundable)

FedEx fee: $50 (optional, but recommended)
2014 Tuition: $3,250

International Student Service Fee: $350
Books/Materials: Approximately $250

(Payment for all books and instructional materials CANNOT be made in advance and are to be purchased upon arrival at UC San Diego.)
Apply Now! Click here for the 2014 International Programs application.

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