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Undergraduate Preparation Program

Key information

Start dates:

Boston/ New York/ Los Angeles:
16 September 2019; 6 January, 30 March, 22 June, 14 September 2020
UW–Fox Valley:
23 September 2019; 13 January, 6 April, 29 June, 21 September 2020
Course length:
1–4 terms
Class size range:
25+ hours of lessons per week plus 12–15 hours of independent study

Entry requirements

Completed Senior High School
If below this level you can first take a Kings General English course
Minimum age:


The Undergraduate Preparation Program is a specialized course of study delivered at the Kings Education Center on campus.

It is designed to prepare you for the intellectual and linguistic demands of degree-level study in the USA.

Depending on your language level and intended degree path, you can attend the program for a minimum of 1 term, and for as long as you need prior to your degree course classes.

It is highly intensive, and includes:

  • Individual attention in small groups
  • Regular tutorials so that tutors and the Program Manager can provide individual guidance
  • Frequent progress tests
  • Regular reports


On average, students progress by approximately 10–15 points on the TOEFL iBT range each term. Fast learners may progress at a quicker rate. If you proceed slower than the average rate, you can easily follow an additional term until you achieve the required level.

In Boston (Pine Manor College) and at UW–Fox Valley you can start a degree course upon completion of UPP Level 3. 
In New York (Concordia) and Los Angeles (Marymount California University) you can start upon completion of UPP Level 4.

Level 4 Entry from TOEFL 65/ IELTS 6.0
Level 3 Entry from TOEFL 50/ IELTS 5.5
Level 2 Entry from TOEFL 35/ IELTS 4.5
Level 1 Entry from TOEFL 20/ IELTS 3.5


  • English language proficiency level appropriate for entry into a US college or university
  • Time management, organizational, and coping skills for a full-time undergraduate course load 
  • Ability to recall and organize information from academic lectures and articles
  • Experience writing clear, well-supported essays of a variety of lengths
  • Readings strategies and note-taking skills for identifying main ideas and supporting details
  • Broadened knowledge of liberal arts education subjects and major field of interest
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to build relationships with student peers
  • Balance course load and extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, volunteering

From Kings Life

Portrait of Sung Min Park on the Pine Manor College campus.

Sung Min from South Korea shares his experience of taking the Undergraduate Preparation Program at Kings Boston.

Read the full blog post

Course structure and content

The program offers an integrated approach for developing the essential skills needed for undergraduate level studies in a US college or university. Key academic skills include reading academic texts, college level writing, study skills, and research techniques. Students are exposed to content typical of liberal arts education and are given the opportunity to future explore topics in their intended major. Students share cultural experiences that integral to collegial life and their specific study location.

Program Content

1. English for Academic Study

  • Use the style of language and vocabulary appropriate for undergraduate level coursework
  • Develop techniques and strategies for completing academic reading and listening tasks
  • Increase their vocabulary, especially words found frequently in academic texts
  • Summarize facts and information from a wide range of texts
  • Organize factual information clearly and coherently, orally and in writing
  • Describe the main argument in a text or presentation
  • Express ideas and opinions logically and confidently using appropriate language 
  • Participate in a classroom discussion, to explore ideas and exchange ideas
  • Write college level essays and research papers

2. Study, Organizational, and Functioning Skills

  • Set goals to manage time and deadlines established by professors
  • Take clear, concise notes and summarize them
  • Identify main ideas and supporting details in academic texts
  • Use grammar and writing conventions required for undergraduate level papers
  • Work in groups effectively
  • Navigate the US undergraduate school application process, including writing a personal statement or letter of intent

3. Undergraduate Seminars
Sample topics include:

  • Research using academic databases
  • Perfecting MLA citations
  • Explore with cultural field trips
  • Using the library
  • Time management
  • Volunteerism and Social Responsibility 
  • Managing your online presence
  • Leadership
  • Plagiarism
  • Professional email and letter writing
  • Spelling rules and phonetic awareness 
  • Organization skills
  • Avoiding procrastination

4. TOEFL Test Preparation
Minimum level required for test preparation: Kings Level 5

  • Introduction to the structure of the test and format
  • Skills training: listening, speaking, reading, writing
  • Development of test-taking strategies 
  • Full-length and mini practice tests

Please note, extra tutoring and test preparation are available at additional cost.