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Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students

Available in Summer

This six-week intensive program is intended to prepare international Master's students entering Columbia University in Fall for the rigorous demands of their graduate coursework. 

The curriculum is specifically designed to reflect the type of work completed in master's degrees in professional schools of study. It will focus on all language skills, with an emphasis on spoken interaction, helping students speak more fluently, accurately and intelligibly so they are better able to participate in their graduate courses. It also aims to familiarize students with the graduate student experience at Columbia University.

The course is for international students whose first language is not English.

The curriculum will combine linguistic and academic objectives.

Participants will:
  • Deliver individual, pair, and group presentations on topics related to their fields
  • Receive extensive feedback on their oral skills (from various stakeholders)
  • Learn strategies for correcting errors in grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
  • Learn how to present oral and written data commentary 
  • Expand their academic vocabulary 
  • Learn how to explain concepts of their field to non-experts
  • Become familiar with professors' expectations
  • Learn American email etiquette

This class changed me, and was much more than I expected it to be…I learned far more than I ever thought I would. I know that I will probably never have another opportunity like this to practice my speech or have teachers help me correct my English pronunciation with such care.

- Ruth, China

Dates and Prices

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Tuition and fees are subject to Board of Trustee approval and may change.

For a full explanation of fees, see below.

Application Requirements

This course is open only to incoming Master’s students entering Columbia University in the Fall.

I-20 Information

In general, an F-1 (student visa) is required for study in the US. All international students taking Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students must have an I-20 issued by the ALP (not the Master's program) in order to obtain the F-1 visa.. At the end of the Fall, we will transfer your I-20 from the ALP to the International Students & Scholars Office (ISSO) so that you can begin your studies in your Master's program.

If you are already holding an F-1 visa and attending another school you must also transfer your SEVIS record from your current school to the ALP. Please speak with your advisor at your current school.

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