Program Content

Program Components:

  • Academic English: (1) Oral Communication, (2) Writing, (3) Reading & Research Skills
  • Intercultural Workshops (e.g., cultural transition, U.S. classroom culture)
  • Teaching Assistant (TA) Workshops
  • Grad Life Workshops (e.g., Off-Campus Housing, Santa Cruz Life)
  • Social Activities (e.g., social mixer, picnic)
  • Capstone Project: Poster Fair

Class Schedule:

Classes will run for 90 minutes and will be offered in the morning/early afternoon on weekdays. A full schedule will be shared soon.

Class Descriptions:

  • Oral Communication  

    • This class focuses on understanding and being understood in seminar-style classroom environments, including academic conversation techniques, pronunciation as needed, and using/identifying evidence in a discussion. It also introduces U.S. classroom approaches and student-centered teaching and learning.

  • Academic Writing  

    • This class introduces best-practice in academic writing, including issues of citation, avoiding plagiarism, and written structure in research. It includes staged feedback from instructors and peers in order to encourage a “writing process” and awareness of student/faculty roles.

  • Reading & Research Skills

    • This class introduces reading strategies, including skimming and scanning, note-taking, and text analysis techniques to improve critical reading skills. It also introduces students to UC Santa Cruz library resources as well as basic research skills. The Reading and Research Skills class serves as the foundation for the capstone project as it is where the project topic is defined and researched.

  • Guided study (independent online and project-related work) 

    • Students are expected to complete additional independent and group work related to the above classes, especially the Academic Project Class as related to the summative projects.  This will occasionally involve online resources to encourage learner autonomy and self-guided study.