Need to improve their English before starting their degree
Need skills and experience to succeed at university in the USA
Want the potential to earn college credits while working on their English *
Want the potential of content-based learning to acquire practical and global leadership skills
Boston (Pine Manor College)
New York (Concordia College)
March / April
Maximum class size
Completed Senior High School
OR Enrolled on the High School Completion Program
English language requirement
TOEFL iBT 20
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
Reading strategies and note-taking skills for identifying main ideas and supporting details
Broadened knowledge of liberal arts education subjects and major field of interest
English language proficiency level appropriate for entry into a US college or university
Interpersonal skills necessary to build relationships with student peers and professors
Balance course load and extracurricular activities such as sports, clubs, volunteering
Experience cultural diversity
Awareness of various communication styles
Expansion of cultural sensitivity
Development of flexible and adaptable thinking
2: Course content
The GO: Prepared Program develops essential skills for degree study.
Key academic skills development includes college level reading, writing, study skills, and research techniques.
Exploration of topics related to desired majors
cultural experiences integral to collegial life and study location
Accrual of up to 6 college credits toward a future degree (location specific).
6 areas of study
1. Study, Organizational, and Functioning Skills
Set goals to manage time and deadlines established by professors
Take clear, concise notes
Learn to summarize and paraphrase
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
2. Undergraduate Seminars (below are sample topics)
Utilizing and applying the knowledge gained from campus visits in a practical manner
How and when to get academic support
US University Life and Academic Success
University Placement Test Prep
The College Admissions Game
Transition Advising Conferences
Explaining Liberal Arts
Mini Sample Lecture
Using the Library
3. Guaranteed visits to local leading universities
Participate in organized visits to leading local universities every three weeks.
View facilities and compare amenities on different campuses.
Prepare for potential university interviews by meeting and talking with faculty.
Talk to students to gain firsthand information about experiences at various colleges.
Use information gained during university visits to facilitate the application process
4. Global Leadership module
Dedicated series of relevant lectures and seminars
Possible focus on degree-specific subjects such as Agriculture or Finance
Support for active participation in college sports, clubs and societies
Organised volunteering opportunities within non-profit organizations
Structured visits to top universities
Opportunities to bridge the gap between Academics and the workforce through contact with local entrepreneurs
Focus on independently utilizing community resources to promote growth and leadership
5.English for Academic Studies
Use the style of language and vocabulary appropriate for undergraduate level coursework
Develop techniques and strategies for completing academic reading and listening tasks
Increase your 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
6. TOEFL Test
If necessary, a TOEFL Test can also be arranged as part of the GO:Prepare program.
However, many universities will waive their TOEFL requirement once a student has completed the Program and demonstrated a level of English appropriate for degree-level study.
You can expect to progress by approximately 10 – 15 points on the TOEFL iBT range each term.
This is the average achieved by students who attend class consistently and do all of their assigned classwork and homework. You will be formally assessed upon arrival, twice per term, and prior to finishing your program.
If you are a fast learner you may progress at a quicker rate. Students who proceed slower than the average rate can easily follow an additional term until they achieve the required level.
Once you complete the required GO:Prepared level, you can proceed directly and automatically to your degree course.