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Intensive English

The university's English (ESL) Program is designed to help you improve your language proficiency before you begin your studies with UMass Boston ISSP. This full-time course is provided by UMass Boston for students who do not have the required English proficiency test scores to enter directly into the Undergraduate or Graduate International Student Success Program. This integrated program focuses on instruction in university study skills, academic writing, and content-based course work typical of a United States university classroom.

High School

 

Enter year 2 @ UMass Boston

 

Fees

Year International Students

2017

US$6,934 per semester

* Other mandatory fees apply

Location

Duration

Minimum one semester

Semester Start Dates

 

Spring: January 2018

Summer: May 2018

Fall: September 2018

Course work includes intensive practice in the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The learning process is enhanced through assigned readings and exercises, as well as oral presentation and writing projects. Computer lab time is scheduled and you will receive basic instruction in research and creating presentations for academic purposes. Classes take place Monday through Friday between 8.00am and 4.00pm, for a total of 20-24 hours per week. After completion of your Intensive English program with UMass Boston, you will not be required to take the IELTS/TOEFL tests. Students progress into UMass Boston ISSP based on the portfolio review and the recommendation by the ESL Department. UMass Boston ISSP students will receive a 5-year I-20 to cover the entire duration of English + degree studies. There is no transfer or re-application process in going from the ESL program to the UMass Boston Undergraduate or Graduate ISSP. 

Admission requirements

For undergraduate programs, students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.

For graduate programs, students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA

English Language Requirements by program
English language qualification* Undergraduate ISSP: Intensive full-time English Program Graduate Intensive full-time English Program (GESL) ***

IELTS

4.5

5.0 IELTS for Computer Science, International Relations, Conflict Resolution and Applied Physics/ 5.5 IELTS for MBA, IT, Finance and Accounting

TOEFL

49-58

59 for Computer Science, International Relations, Conflict Resolution and Applied Physics / 75 for MBA, IT, Finance and Accounting

Versant **

38 - 45

N/A

* English test results must be no more than two years old for entry to the ISSP.

** Students can retake the test not earlier than 4 weeks after the last test. Students can be exempt from submission of English proficiency test for undergraduate degree if they completed at least 1 year at school where the language of instruction is English or completed school with an American, Canadian or British International curriculum.

*** Pearson Versant Test score is not accepted for Graduate ISSP. Students with 5.5 IELTS or 75 TOEFL for MBA, INTL Management, Finance, Accounting and IT can do one semester of ESL before starting in the Graduate ISSP. Students with 5.0 IELTS or 59 TOEFL can do one semester of ESL before starting in Computer Science, International Relations, Conflict Resolution or Applied Physics.

****Students can be exempt from submission of an English proficiency test for postgraduate degree if they completed at least 4 years of education in in the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad/Tobago, Singapore, or the United Kingdom. The requirement may also be waived if the applicant has completed at least two (2) academic years of study, full-time, at an English-speaking college or university in the U.S.

Disclaimer: This information may be subject to change without notice or at the discretion of UMass Boston ISSP or Navitas Limited.