The program is offered year-round. Given its online asynchronous modality, students can begin on the date that works best for them as long as it meets the general requirements below. All requirements must be completed by the end of a semester on CGU’s Academic Calendar in order count for entry of the following semester.

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Academic Entrance Requirements

Students 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:
Tier 1: TOEFL iBT 75-84 / IELTS 6.0 / Pearson PTE 50-57
Tier 2: TOEFL iBT 85-94 / IELTS 7.0* / Pearson PTE 58-65
*IELTS requires no section lower than 6.5


Completion Schedule

Students must successfully complete all program requirements by the final day of a semester in order to gain entry into the following semester. Please see the CGU Academic Calendar for exact dates. Students that are required to take both Tier 1 and Tier 2 must begin their Tier 1 courses during the first 3 weeks of the semester’s module 1 period. Students that are only required to take Tier 2 can begin any time during a module 1 or the first 3 weeks of a module 2. Questions? Email us at isp@cgu.edu.


Course Curriculum

Tier 1

  • ISP 201: Academic Writing & Research I
  • ISP 205: Academic Listening & Speaking I

Tier 2

  • ISP 251: Academic Writing & Research II
  • ISP 255: Academic Listening & Speaking II
  • TNDY 304: Traversing the Transdisciplinary Imagination (optional)*

*TNDY 304 is a 2-unit in-person course, offered as an intensive course over the last 2 weeks of the summer semester only. This course helps facilitate the arrival of students who want to come to Claremont in late May, June, or early July. Regular CGU tuition applies ($3,960).

The asynchronous content will be complemented by one-on-one meetings with ISP staff. At a minimum, there will be: 

  • An initial meeting to welcome the student and conduct a baseline assessment 
  • 2 check-ins for each course
  • A set of short (5-10 minute) synchronous assessments for each course 

Course Descriptions

ISP 201: Academic Writing & Research I 

This course is primarily for students in the International Scholars Program. It will help students learn to critically read academic texts, take notes effectively, and evaluate information for writing purposes while writing a range of texts. This course will also explore study skills and strategies that promote effective and independent learning. Finally, students will learn to describe the basic tenets of effective research, distinguish between the major types of research, and demonstrate an understanding of a range of research skills through writing assignments. 

ISP 205: Academic Listening & Speaking I 

This course is primarily for students in the International Scholars Program. It will help students develop and use English to communicate effectively in academic settings. Students will learn strategies for using the specialized vocabularies of their fields, how to listen and take notes effectively, and other skills in development of their aural/oral literacy. It will also include pronunciation practice Further, this course will teach students how to prepare and deliver oral presentations and engage in class and other academic listening and speaking contexts effectively.  

ISP 251: Academic Writing & Research II 

This course is primarily for students in the International Scholars Program. It will help students acquire a level of English language proficiency sufficient to participate effectively in graduate classes and utilize those skills for higher-level conceptual learning. Students will learn to recognize and assess authority and evidence in academic and apply critical and analytical reasoning skills to assess academic texts. It will also prepare students to write their own research projects by learning how to identify major issues in research design and interpret data through a paradigm. Students will write a range of texts, appropriate to purpose, audience, and tone. 

ISP 255: Academic Listening & Speaking II 

This course is primarily for students in the International Scholars Program. It will help students acquire a level of English language proficiency sufficient to participate effectively in graduate classes and utilize those skills for higher-level conceptual learning. Students will learn strategies for using the specialized vocabularies of their fields and other skills in development of their aural/oral literacy while attending to topics like the American graduate education culture and work environment, information literacy, the rationale and practice of group work, and the use of critical and analytical thinking skills.  


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.