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University Preparation for International High School Students

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Program at a Glance

This 3 week program is for international high school students with strong English skills who want to prepare for undergraduate study at an American university. Enjoy the opportunity to visit a variety of American university campuses in the northeastern part of the United States.  All students in the program will be housed together with other pre-college students attending Yale Summer Session.

Date: Dates: July 17 – Augu​st 4, 2017

The Classes

Academic Listening and Speaking

Develop the confidence and skills you need to be an active learner in American university classes.  This class is designed to be eclectic, broad, interesting, provocative, and interactive.  Learn to analyze, synthesize, and produce facts and information, while also improving your critical thinking skills. 

  • Develop listening skills and improve your academic note-taking abilities
  • Enhance your ability to interact, discuss, argue, debate and give oral reports
  • Expand your vocabulary and review grammatical structures
  • Practice interview skills for university admissions

Academic Reading and Writing

Improve your reading and critical thinking skills to prepare for study in the U.S.   This class also polishes your writing skills with daily, intensive practice. Writing exercises will emphasize grammatical accuracy, clarity of content, and fluency, while focusing on well-organized and effectively developed paragraphs and essays.  In addition, learn about the research process –including paraphrasing, summary, and proper citation—in the context of writing longer papers.

  • Expand your vocabulary and ability to use new words and word forms
  • Improve your reading comprehension and speed and gain confidence in your ability to master difficult texts
  • Write essays for college applications

Academic Coaching

Learn about the American university system and admissions process while improving your academic skills.  Academic coaching will help you understand how you study and learn best, how you exercise their personal brand of leadership, and how to be more proactive in your life.

  • Explore the different types of academic institutions
  • Learn about the college application process
  • Improve your study skills

Critical and Creative Thinking

Explore the nature and technique of critical thought—a process used to establish a reliable basis for our claims, beliefs, and attitudes about the world. Learn to use strategies, materials, and interventions in your own educational setting. This class also seeks to deepen the your understanding of creativity by improving your creative problem-solving skills and enhancing your ability to promote these skills in others.

Elective Classes

Choose one evening elective class in an area that interests you.  Evening electives meet two evenings per week.   Elective class offerings vary, but offerings may include:

  • English Pronunciation
  • TOEFL Practice
  • SAT Practice
  • Art Appreciation
  • American Music

College Visits

Tip: This program includes visits to several area colleges. Some college visits in the past have included: Harvard, Brown, Quinnipiac and the University of Connecticut. College visits will be announced as soon as they are reserved.

Sample Daily Schedule*

Class Days Times
Academic Reading and Writing MTWTHF 9:00 - 10:45
Academic Listening and Speaking MTWTHF 11:00 - 12:15
Critical and Creative Thinking MW 1:30 - 3:30
Academic Coaching Workshop T/TH 1:30 - 3:30
Elective Class T/TH 4:00 - 5:30

*Individual student schedules may vary. This is for reference only.

Application Requirements

Point: Admissions Note

Students wishing to apply to the University Preparation Program must currently be in their junior or senior year of high school. Sophomores (students who will be juniors in the fall) are not eligible to apply.

The following materials are required to complete a University Preparation application:

  • Online application
  • Application fee and visa processing fee
  • Financial documents
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • High school transcript