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Students of this University Preparation Academy from University of California, San Diego have a rigorous course load focused on writing, research, and speaking excellence. You will develop the skills necessary to meet the high expectations of faculty and peers at America's top universities. 

English proficiency

Students with Advanced levels of English proficiency are welcome to apply to this program. Your English proficiency is determined during the first week of the program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 1 months
    • Duration description

      4 weeks

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Advanced Application of Grammar and Writing
  • Paraphrasing and Summarizing
  • Analytical Reading and Critical Response
  • Advanced Critical Analysis and Discussion
  • Discussion and Fluency for University Success
  • University Lecture and Note-taking Skills
  • University Advising Lab

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • If you are a continuing student coming directly from UC San Diego’s ELI 8-week programs, you must have excellent attendance and grades in previous ELI classes, placement in one of ELI’s highest proficiency levels, and certain minimum scores on ELI’s placement exams. Continuing students should see the ELI Academic Advisor for program admission requirements.
  • You must submit copy of transcripts in English for the four most recent semesters of academic studies. These transcripts must show excellent grades, and that you are in the top 5-10% of your school.
  • New students who meet the academic qualifications need to submit a TOEFL iBT score of 80 or IELTS score of 7 or PTE score of 68.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    2300 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2300 USD for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
  • National

    2300 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2300 USD for the full programme and a duration of 1 months.
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Living costs for San Diego

  • 1400 - 2460 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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