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 and conversation groups 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)
ISP workshops are designed to support international students at all levels of study. Each workshop is an hour in length, and the modality will vary between in-person, online, and hybrid. All workshops are free of charge to any enrolled international student or second language learner at CGU. View the current schedule and register here!
Conversation groups aim to bring together non-native English speakers and give them an opportunity to interact in English, both with each other and with native speakers. Groups enhance participants’ verbal and socio-linguistic skills and provide a great community opportunity. Facilitators will introduce a topic, coordinate breakout groups or pairs, and facilitate open discussion. There will also be an opportunity for any student to volunteer to take on a facilitator role in the program. All conversation groups last 1 hour, are held in person, and will sometimes take place at unique venues across the 7 Claremont Colleges.
View the current schedule and register here!
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|
For more information about Program Requirements & Schedule, Tuition & Fees, click here!