Graduate Preparation Program

Program Outline:

The Graduate Preparation Program is a four-week intensive non-credit course offered prior to the Fall quarter which is open to all current and newly admitted international graduate students.  It focuses on English for Academic Purposes (EAP), academic skills, and cultural orientation.  The program is offered in collaboration with Graduate Division and Global Engagement.

The course offers guided support with:

  • Seminar-style classroom discussion
  • Presentation and oral communication skills  
  • Information on U.S. classroom culture; roles and responsibilities of faculty and peers
  • Critical thinking; using evidence to support ideas
  • Research writing; citation; avoiding plagiarism
  • Collaborative and project-based learning
  • And more

The Graduate Preparation Program provides a strong foundation to the U.S. classroom environment and university system, in addition to the opportunity to practice and master the language and academic skills needed for success.

The program also supports international graduate students in their role as Teaching Assistants.  In this regard, there are two distinct student audiences for which the program may be required or strongly recommended.

Please note, you are REQUIRED to attend the program if:

  • you are offered a Teaching Assistant position at UCSC for the upcoming academic year, AND:
  • you have not passed the IELTS or TOEFL exam with a qualifying score (26 for the iBT sub-score in Speaking; or 8 for the IELTS subscore in Speaking).

Additionally, you are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED to attend the program if:

  • you are interested in obtaining (but not yet offered) a Teaching Assistant position, AND
  • you have not passed the IELTS or TOEFL exam with a qualifying score (26 for the iBT sub-score in Speaking; or 8 for the IELTS subscore in Speaking).

This program will ensure that international Teaching Assistants have the language skills and support to succeed in the classroom, which will have an additional positive impact on undergraduate student success.

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Preparation Program will not be required to take the Versant English Placement Test.

For more information on Graduate Division requirements for Teaching Assistant assignments please click here.  Your department may have additional requirements.

Program Details:

Program Dates and Cost

Housing and Meals (deadline for registration or cancellation: July 21, 2017)

Weekly Schedule

Contact Information

How to Apply:

If you have read the information above and are a current or incoming (fully admitted) UCSC graduate student, and would like to apply to the Graduate Preparation Program, please click below.  If you have further questions, feel free to contact Global Engagement.

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