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Online Pre-Arrival Course for International Graduate Students

PLEASE NOTE: The Summer 2016 Session of Preparing for Graduate Success is CLOSED. Check back here for information about Summer 2017. 


Preparing for Graduate Success: Language, Culture, and Community at the University of Michigan

Each summer, the University of Michigan’s English Language Institute offers newly-admitted U-M international graduate students a unique opportunity to prepare for academic, cultural, and professional success before they arrive on campus.

This highly-interactive four-week online course prepares students to hit the ground running in their academic program. They learn about the academic language of graduate study and research in the U.S., as well as campus culture both in and outside the classroom.

Each unit covers specific language skills graduate students need to achieve their academic, scholarly, and professional goals. Participants read articles, watch short video lectures and complete assignments. They hone and refine their language skills through online discussions. Each participant receives extensive individualized feedback from the instructior.



Join other new Michigan graduate students in this interactive and engaging online course. You will build friendships and learn about resources to support you from the day you arrive to start your graduate student journey. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Course Details

Preparing for Graduate Success—Language, Culture, and Community at the University of Michigan 

Course dates: TBA

Time committment: 2-4 hours per week

Instructor: Pamela Bogart

Course fee: $200

Registration/Payment Deadline: Registration Closed

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Important note: This course is intended for students who are confident that their English language proficiency is sufficient for the demands of their U-M academic program. Students who would like additional academic English preparation may consider one of ELI's SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAMS.


For information about on-campus language and academic support, please make an appointment to meet with an ELI advisor for a consultation when you arrive in Ann Arbor.