University Express Program Highlights

University ExpressSM employs a unique approach to provide students with the necessary academic and cultural training for successful study at an American university. Students enroll in intensive English for Academic Purposes courses, small group study skills courses, and private individualized lessons. Each student has a personal team consisting of course instructors, a principal tutor, and a university admissions counselor. Each team works closely with individual students to support them throughout the program and to prepare them for successful transition to a U.S. university. Instructors and tutors are experienced, highly-trained professionals with master’s or Ph.D. degrees.
University ExpressSM offers a clear Pathway to a U.S. university degree.


Comprehensive University Preparation:

Intensive Academic English Coursework
24-26 hours of classroom instruction per week with other international students, delivered in small, multinational classes.  Class activities and assignments focus on preparing for university study including:

  • Reading intensively and extensively
  • Preparing for academic lecture classes
  • Listening to lectures and taking notes
  • Giving academic presentations
  • Writing essays
  • Developing academic vocabulary
  • Developing effective study skills for independent work and team work
  • Strengthening critical thinking skills
  • Conducting Internet and library research
  • Understanding U.S. university culture

Individual, Customized Tutorials
4 hours per week of one-to-one instruction with a tutor.  These private lessons include:

  • Individual needs assessment
  • Individualized English language instruction
  • Preparation for standardized tests

Test Preparation

Students develop and practice essential test-taking skills for standardized exams such as:

Additional Features:

University Placement Service

A specialized designated student adviser meets with University ExpressSM students to support them throughout the university admission process. Services include:

  • Orientation to the admission process
  • Guidance in selecting appropriate university options
  • Assistance with university admissions applications, including:
    • meeting deadlines
    • registering for required exams
    • completing and submitting required forms
    • monitoring admission status

Student advisers can assist students in applying for conditional admission to selected colleges and universities, as part of their efforts to obtain an F-1 (student) visa. Request additional information on the University ExpressSM application form.

University Course Auditing for students with Advanced English Proficiency

University ExpressSM students experience the U.S. university classroom firsthand by attending a semester-long course. The advising team will guide students in selecting appropriate courses from several local universities and colleges.

Enrichment Activities

Extracurricular events and activities available to University ExpressSM students include cultural activities, volunteer opportunities, social events, and university athletic events.

Program Cost Includes:

  • Tuition for all courses and private tutorials
  • All books and other instructional materials
  • Academic advising and university placement service
  • Assistance with making arrangements for your housing
  • Arrival and settling-in assistance, including airport pickup
  • Expert step-by-step advising to help you get your F-1 student visa and immigration support after your arrival
  • Enrichment activities
  • Certificate of completion each semester

Application Instructions for University Express

Estimated Expenses

Key Course Features


Comprehensive, individualized preparation for university study


Lectures, discussions, note-taking, TOEFL/IELTS practice


Academic discussions and presentations, debates, panels, conversations, pronunciation


Academic, technical, and general topics, vocabulary and idioms, TOEFL/IELTS practice


Essays, research papers, TOEFL/IELTS practice


Systematic and comprehensive approach, TOEFL/IELTS practice


Internet and library research and academic projects

Field Trips

Educational field trips and enrichment activities


Two to four hours per day