International Scholars Program (ISP)

141 E. 12th Street. (gray house)
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Mailing Address:
150 E. 10th Street
Claremont, CA 91711

Program Director:
SheriAnn Simpson, PhD

Program Overview

The International Scholars Program (ISP) is specially designed for non-native English-speaking international students who are ready for graduate study. It will prepare you for the rigors of graduate study through an integrated cluster of classes that will refine your language, research, and participation skills. ISP is not your typical “language program”; it is designed to help you succeed in graduate-level courses by teaching you about the practices and expectations of American academic and business culture.


Module 1 Module 2
5 weeks condensed Summer, or 8 weeks Fall 8 weeks, Summer or Fall
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

Entrance Requirements

Any international student may opt to take ISP courses in order to enhance success in the graduate classroom. For information, please contact us at

For other students, it may be required via the Office of Admissions. Depending upon your level of English proficiency, you will be required to enter at either Module 1 or Module 2 (see chart above). When you achieve a grade of B (83%) or better in all of the courses in your Module, you will proceed to the next Module. Upon successful completion of the International Scholars Program, you will proceed to your graduate program of study.

Academic Entrance Requirements:

You must first be admitted to a CGU academic program to be eligible for the International Scholars Program.

Students who achieved in these ranges on English tests will be required to take ISP:
Module 1: TOEFL iBT 75-84 / IELTS 6.0 / Pearson PTE 50-57
Module 2: TOEFL iBT 85-94 / IELTS 7.0* / Pearson PTE 58-65
*IELTS requires no section lower than 6.5

International Scholars Program, Course Curriculum

Module 1 is 5 weeks in Fall, Spring, Summer

Course Title Hours/Week
ISP 201 Foundations in Graduate Academic Discourse I, Reading and Writing 6
ISP 205 Foundations in Graduate Academic Discourse I, Listening and Speaking 6
ISP 202 Foundations in Graduate Research I 6
ISP 203 Foundations in Graduate Learning Strategies 6

Module 2 is 8 weeks in Fall, Spring, Summer

Course Title Hours/Week
ISP 251 Foundations in Graduate Academic Discourse II, Reading and Writing 6
ISP 255 Foundations in Graduate Academic Discourse II, Listening and Speaking 6
ISP 252 Foundations in Graduate Research II 6
TNDY A 2-unit graduate level course 2 Graduate Units
ISP 204 Foundations in Graduate Presentation 3

Pathways to CGU Graduate Study

  • CGU’s letter grading scale will be used to assess student progress.
  • Students achieving grades of B (83%) or better in all ISP courses will not be required to re-take the IELTS or TOEFL test prior to moving to their degree program.
  • Students not achieving grades of B (83%) or better in all ISP courses must either re-take the IELTS or TOEFL test to meet the CGU direct-entry requirements, or repeat the relevant program modules as advised. Fees for repeated/failed classes are at the expense of the student.


The program is offered two times per year (Summer and Fall semesters) and follows CGU’s Academic Calendar. Module 1 begins at the beginning of the semester in Fall and runs for approximately 6 weeks.  In Summers, there is a condensed 5-week schedule for Module 1, however, the work load is the same as the Fall module. In Summer and in Fall, Module 2 begins at the midpoint of the semester and runs for the following 8 weeks. Students should plan to remain at CGU for the entire duration of their Module(s).

Summer 2021
Module 1: June 1 – July 2
Module 2: July 6 – August 20

Fall 2021
August 30 – December 18

Spring 2021
There is no ISP in Spring, however, please check out our free workshops for international students.

Program Fees – 2020-21*

Module 1 Fee: $6,250
Module 2 Fee: $6,250
Module 2 Tuition: $3,960*
Semester Program Total: $16,460

*Please be advised this tuition fee is for 2 units of graduate credit from TNDY 304 that will apply to your degree program.
**CGU fellowships cannot be applied to Module Fees, but Module 2 Tuition may have prorated fellowships applied.


What classes do you offer other international students?
Continuing Advanced ESL Workshop Series

This series of workshops is designed to support international students at all levels of study including

  • those who have just completed ISP
  • advanced students needing to further develop their skills in certain areas
  • students who are preparing themselves for interviews and the workforce.

Ideally, students who embark on this series will be able to attend all eight workshops; however, we realize this may not always be possible. Workshops can also stand alone. The two-part structure of certain themes in the series reflects this.

Each workshop will be two hours in length with one hour of post-Q&A and will occur on the schedule as shown below, Fridays at 7:00 PM Pacific time.



Your program or department is the part of the university in which you will spend most of your time and eventually earn your degree. ISP is a pathways program so you will not be officially registered for your future studies until completing ISP.

For students who are required to take ISP for entrance to CGU, you will have a “hold” placed on your registration for your program or department of future study. Though you are still able to choose your classes during Module 2 for the coming semester, your hold will not be removed until grades are received by the department. This hold does not interfere with your ability to choose and secure the classes you want for the semester after ISP.

Are you looking for information about the ISP 302, Continuing Advanced Speaking & Listening course? Or information about our Fall and Spring workshops for all English language learners? Contact us.

Please contact us at This course is open to all international students at CGU!