Graduate Preparation Program

Graduate students participating in the Graduate Preparation Program

Aug. 27 – Sep. 18, 2019

Registration is now open for the 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.  

Eligibility & Program Participation

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 visit Your department may have additional requirements.

For those students who are required to attend:

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).

Required students will receive an email in May from Global Engagement with program and registration information. Required students should still register for the Graduate Preparation Program; they are not automatically registered. 

For those students not required to attend:

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).

Program Details:

Program Dates and Cost

Housing and Meals (deadline for registration or cancellation: TBD)

Weekly Schedule

Contact Information