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At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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Semi-Intensive + AAEGS for Enterprise Risk Management Students

This two-course program is designed to get you ready to begin your Master of Science in Enterprise Risk Management at Columbia in the fall. It is open only to conditionally admitted students. 

The two non-credit courses were designed specifically for incoming graduate students to strengthen your English language skills so you may better meet the rigorous demands of graduate study at Columbia's School of Professional Studies. 

Note: for 2021 both these courses will be taught remotely.  

Course 1: Semi-Intensive for ERM (7 weeks)

Our remote semi-intensive offers: 

12 hours of live class hours per week via Zoom (Monday – Thursday 8am-11am Eastern Daylight Time)

4+ hours of homework and independent learning per week: reading, listening, writing and research

Weekly small group and 1-1 interaction with course instructors.

Course highlights: 
  • Academic English – our courses focus on preparing students to study at university in the US. This includes essay writing, presentations, note-taking and discussions.
  • Integrated skills – each class focuses on more than one skill, which is a more natural way to learn a language.
  • Thematic learning – grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation are best learned in context. Teachers explore different themes to provide content for students to discuss and write about. 
  • Error correction – making errors is an important part of the learning process. We encourage as much spoken and written communication as possible, and provide plenty of oral and written feedback to help learners become more conscious of their language, and to help them improve.
  • Team teaching – each semi-Intensive course is taught by two instructors, who work together to create courses specifically tailored to the students. Each teacher brings their own style and expertise, so learning is constantly varied.
  • Critical thinking – it’s not just about learning the language, but about learning to engage with themes and topics in individual ways. We teach students to be inquisitive and curious learners, and to really question what they see and read.
  • Authentic Materials – instructors use as much authentic material as possible, from newspaper and magazine articles, to novels, plays, lectures, movies and music. Reading, listening to and watching real English all help expand vocabulary, improve comprehension, and make the language more ‘automatic’.
  • U.S. Culture – learning about New York and the U.S. helps to make the learning experience richer and can help expand learning beyond the classroom.

Assessment: you must complete this course with a Pass grade and satisfy the Student Learning Outcomes. 

Course 2: Advanced Academic English for Graduate Students (6 weeks)

For a full description of AAEGS, see here

Assessment: You must complete this course with a grade of B or better. Students who do not achieve the required grade must complete additional intensive coursework with the ALP until a level of 8 or higher is achieved before enrolling in the Masters program. 

What we offer with remote learning

Expert, experienced faculty, supported by the School of Professional Studies, a leader in online education for 10+ years.

Individual attention and one-on-one support

Feedback and error correction on spoken and written English

A supportive and collaborative learning environment

Small class sizes (no more than 15, average 8-12)

A virtual community

Optional weekly social and cultural activities and events with other SPS / Columbia students.

Dates and Prices

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

For a full explanation of fees, see below.


This course combination is open only to invited students from the Master’s in Enterprise Risk Management program who are hoping to begin their studies at Columbia University in the Fall.

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