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College Prep Programs

Learning about the academic environment in the U.S. can give a prospective international student a significant advantage in quickly adjusting to life on campus, as well as helping improve important study and time management skills needed to be a successful student.



Who Should Attend

International (non-native English-speaking) students pursuing – or wishing to pursue – a Bachelor’s degree in the U.S.  International students can be recent and/or incoming, or current undergraduate freshmen.

This course is offered in an asynchronous, online format.


This online course is made up of seven one-week modules.

This online course will focus on helping non-native English-speaking international students pursuing a Bachelor's degree navigate the social, cultural, and academic challenges related to US universities. Students will learn and apply concepts, theories, and skills to better become contributing members of a university classroom and community.

USD faculty, experienced in online teaching techniques, provide a stimulating online learning environment. All instructors hold a Master's degree or higher.

  • Learn how to communicate with professors, administrators and fellow students
  • Use time management and study skills effectively
  • Improve critical thinking skills
  • Learn to navigate the cultural and academic environment of a university campus in the U.S.

High Intermediate level of English proficiency.

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Memberships and Associations

USD's English Language Academy is a member of English USA (formerly the American Association of Intensive English Programs), and NAFSA (the Association of International Educators). 

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