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Intensive Academic

Intensive Academic

Who should take this course?

This program is for students who plan to enter an American university, and for professionals who want to improve their writing skills for their career. There is a strong emphasis on English fluency and academic skill development in this program. Students who have advanced English proficiency have more elective choices. 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 - 25 hours per week (first week is testing, orientation & registration)

  • Schedule varies depending on level and classes chosen

rmediate Levels (determined upon arrival)

Required Courses:

  • Core classes for fluency and comprehension

  • Academic writing skills

  • Study skills and research techniques
  • Test preparation

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

  • Academic Writing

  • Public Speaking/Presentations

  • University Study Skills

  • High-Intermediate Listening

  • Academic Reading Skills

  • Fluency and Pronunciation

  • TOEFL Writing

  • Advanced Reading for IELTS and TOEFL/TOEIC Preparation

  • Academic Vocabulary Development

  • Academic Listening and Notetaking

  • Business Writing

  • Conversation

  • Idioms and Slang

  • Vocabulary and Discussion through TV and Video

  • Advanced Grammar and Editing

  • University Research Skills

Note: Classes for Intensive Academic core level 99 and 100 will run depending on sufficient number of students enrolled at these levels. If there is an insufficient number of students at these levels, students will be transferred to the Communication and Culture program. Please also note that not all elective courses are offered in every quarter at every level.

Cost (In U.S. Dollars):


Application Fee: $150 (nonrefundable)

FedEx fee: $50 (optional, but recommended)
2014 Tuition: $3,750

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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