International Scholars Program

141 E. 12th Street
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Mailing Address:
150 E. 10th Street
Claremont, CA 91711

Program Director:
Marcus Weakley, PhD

Program Overview

The mission of the International Scholars Program (ISP) is to equip international, multilingual students with the linguistic, cultural, and communicative competence needed for successful completion of coursework in their chosen field(s) of study at CGU. To accomplish this, it offers preparatory courses for all incoming or current international students that teach the expectations and genres of North American academic culture while developing students’ skills in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and presenting. It also offers workshops, conversation groups, and one-on-one appointments to support CGU’s international student population. Finally, the ISP Pathway Program provides a route for students who test below their program’s direct entry requirements to gain full admission into CGU.

Academic English Preparation Courses

All international students can benefit from additional preparation for the unique context and demands of the North American graduate classroom. Our ISP Preparation Courses cover graduate-level conventions and expectations while simultaneously improving students’ written, oral, and aural academic English. The courses are taught in a convenient online asynchronous modality, so students can work through the course content at any time, from anywhere. Students can take one or both courses, and optional one-on-one synchronous sessions with ISP staff are included in the price. Writing consultations at the Center for Writing & Rhetoric also complement the curriculum, so these can be set up for any interested student, also at no additional charge.

  • ISP 202: Graduate Writing & Research for International Students ($750)
  • ISP 203: Graduate Listening & Speaking for International Students ($750)

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Workshop Series

ISP workshops are designed to support international students at all levels of study, including:

  • Students who need to further develop their skills in certain areas
  • Students who are preparing themselves for interviews and the workforce
  • Students who have just completed ISP
All workshops are free of charge to any enrolled international student or second language learner at CGU. View the current schedule and register here!

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Conversation Groups

ISP conversation groups aim to bring together non-native English speakers and give them an opportunity to interact in English. Groups have been shown to enhance the participants’ verbal and socio-linguistic skills as well as meet other international students. The facilitator introduces the topic and facilitates an open discussion. If the group is large, the participants will be placed in smaller breakout groups to give everyone a chance to speak freely.

View the current schedule and register here!

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One-on-One Appointments

International Scholars Program offers one-on-one support to international students at CGU to advance their academic English writing, reading, listening, speaking, presentations skills in order to develop communicative and sociolinguistic competencies. At ISP we will work with each student to develop a short- and long-term plan of academic English advancement, based on the specific needs of the students. We will follow up with each student to check on their progress and refer them to other CGU resources.

If you are an international student at CGU who is looking for additional support with your academic English through one-on-one appointments, please contact us at

ISP Pathways Program

The International Scholars Program offers a pathways program for students who test below the direct entry requirements of their program. Depending on the entrance score, students will be required to enter at either Tier 1 or Tier 2 (see chart below). Achievement of a grade of B (83%) or better in all of the courses in your tier is required before progress to the next tier is allowed. All courses are asynchronous with synchronous components; therefore, the program can be completed entirely from a student’s home country and on their own schedule. For students who would like to complete a portion of the program in person, options are available. Upon successful completion of the International Scholars Program, you will proceed to your graduate program of study.


Tier 1 Tier 2
Start date must be during a module 1 Any time during a module 1 or 2
TOEFL iBT 75-84 / IELTS 6.0-6.4 / Pearson PTE 50-57 TOEFL iBT 85-94 / IELTS 6.5-7.0 / Pearson PTE 58-65

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Requirements & Schedule