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Intensive Pre-University Program

Intensive Pre-University Program

Who should take this course?

Students who have completed at least one 10-week English language program at UC San Diego English Language Institute (ELI) at an advanced proficiency level, who demonstrate superior performance in their home universities, and who have achieved high final grades in all classes can be considered for admission to the Intensive Pre-University (IPU) program.

The UC San Diego Academic Advisor will explain the academic selection criteria and language proficiency requirements to interested students who are currently studying at UC San Diego-ELI. Student who have not completed at least one quarter of successful studies at UC San Diego-ELI in the quarter prior to the desired IPU program start-date may not apply to the IPU program. Students take a combination of English language courses and university and/or university extension credit courses. Advanced levels of English proficiency (ELI core levels 109-110) may take this program. Student's English proficiency is determined during the first week of the program (week 0).

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Students must complete at least one 10-week English language program at UC San Diego-ELI, and who have received a grade of B or better in every ELI class.

  • Student must achieve advanced levels (core level 109-110) of UC San Diego-ELI proficiency placement tests with certain minimum scores on UC San Diego-ELI's writing and and listening placement tests (equivalent to 90 iBT or IELTS 7.5).

  • Students must have excellent attendance in previous UC San Diego-ELI classes.

  • Students must submit copy of transcripts in English for the two most recent years of academic studies. These transcripts must show excellent grades, and that the student is in the top 10% of his/her school.

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

  • January 6 - March 22
  • March 31 - June 13
  • June 23 - September 6
  • September 22 - December 20

Program Schedule:

  • 11 weeks

  • Schedule varies depending on level and classes chosen

Required Courses:

  • 9 - 17 hours of English language instruction per week

  • 1 - 2 University or University Extension courses per week (enrollment is on a space-available basis; credits may be transferable to degree programs)

  • Core classes for fluency and comprehension

  • Wide variety of courses for academic preparation and cultural understanding.

Note: In the summer, this program may only be taken with a combination of English classes and UC San Diego Extension classes. Regular university classes are not available in the program in the summer.

Cost (In U.S. Dollars):

Application Fee: $150 (nonrefundable)

FedEx fee: $50 (optional, but recommended)
2014 Tuition: $4,450

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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