Course Description

This Online American College Prep Course Helps International Students Achieve Academic Success

The academic experience in the U.S. can be very different from that in other countries. International students planning to attend colleges/universities in the U.S. can give themselves the advantage of learning about campus life and academic expectations ahead of time by taking this online course, which will help them more successfully navigate academic life in the U.S.

Titled Preparing for University in the U.S. and thoughtfully crafted to help international students become ready for what awaits them in their upcoming college experience, this 7-week online college prep course is taught by the University of San Diego’s prestigious English Language Academy.

Who Is This Program For?

This American university preparation program is ideal for non-native, English-speaking international students who are planning to attend college in America. It is designed primarily for students who have already been accepted to a U.S. college or university. International students who have already begun their studies in the U.S. may also find the program to be helpful.

Students are required to have at least a high intermediate level of proficiency in English. The course does not provide application support or entrance counseling.

If you are an international student with solid English skills who wants to prepare for undergraduate study at an American college or university, this preparatory course will help you improve your abilities in spoken and written English, as well as your understanding of U.S. academic culture. 

Why Prepare Yourself for College in the U.S.?

International students are not always well-equipped for the social, cultural, and academic challenges that exist on American college/university campuses. This course helps you learn and apply concepts, theories, and skills to become a better contributing member of an American university classroom and campus community.

The English Language Academy’s college prep program focuses on two primary areas:

  • Academic English preparation
  • Expanded cultural awareness

Experienced Instructors

The USD English Language Academy faculty members who teach our college prep program are highly experienced in effective online teaching techniques. All instructors hold a master’s degree or higher.

Why Choose the University of San Diego?

The University of San Diego’s English Language Academy is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) and Association of International Educators (NAFSA). USD’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges – Senior College and University Commission (WASC).

Additionally, the University of San Diego is ranked among the Top 100 U.S. colleges and universities by U.S. News and World Report.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Why should I choose the English Language Academy (ELA)?

A: The University of San Diego’s English Language Academy offers intensive and rigorous language programs for students who are serious about pursuing an academic degree at an American college or university.

Q: What technology does this online program use? 

A: Students will need to be able to record and upload audio/video of themselves answering a speaking prompt (most likely using a smartphone), but there are no advanced technological requirements. All course-related information is posted on the Blackboard e-learning platform. For this online course, students will need:

  • Access to stable internet connection
  • Computer/laptop with headphones and mic functionality

Q: What does ELA academic instruction look like? 

A: ELA online, asynchronous courses are built to be challenging, effective, and efficient in helping students acquire the skills and results they are looking for. Our online instructors provide expertise, feedback, and support in order to help students reach their goals.

Learner Outcomes

What You Will Learn

In terms of student learning outcomes, participants in our college and university prep course will develop the ability to:

  • Identify and apply academic and campus resources (online and in-person)
  • Express questions, concerns, or requests to a professor or university community member
  • Distinguish key aspects of classroom and university culture in relation to expected conduct
  • Develop interpersonal communication skills for peer and group work Apply time management techniques and study skills to reduce stress
  • Produce and participate in academic presentations
  • Refine college-level critical thinking and writing skills


High Intermediate level of English proficiency.

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s), Professional Programs and Series

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Online Fixed-Date
Jul 05, 2022 to Aug 22, 2022
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ELA Certificate Fee $45.00 Mandatory
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