The Intensive Academic Preparation program at the American Language and Culture Institute at CSUSM is designed for international students with low to medium English proficiency. The program offers ESL courses in reading, vocabulary, academic writing, grammar, public speaking, study skills and test preparation.

Program Features

Opportunity to take university courses for credit toward a degree for qualified, advanced-level students

Six proficiency levels

24 class hours per week

Small class sizes

Leadership and service learning

Mentorship and partnership programs

More than 100 recognized student organizations students can join

Group activities such as beach picnics, cultural celebrations and other trips

Academic courses in reading, vocabulary, academic writing, grammar, public speaking, study skills, test preparation and enrichment classes

CSUSM credit classes for qualified, advanced-level students

Chances to make international and American friends

Certificates of completion and certificate ceremony

HOUSING

Exchange: Students are provided housing in local homestays. Homestays are available during in-semester breaks. On-campus housing may be available for an additional charge, and space permitting. 

Direct: Students can elect to live on campus, or in a local homestay. 

On-campus housing available for holiday breaks during the semester.

Homestay available during holiday breaks during the semester.

MEALS

Breakfast & Dinner provided daily with homestay option. Student-prepared lunches on weekends/holidays. Meals not provided if living on-campus. 

*Calendar Year students are not eligible for ISEP housing or meal benefits over the summer break. 

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Program Website

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT ADVISOR Emily Greenblatt | egreenblatt@isep.org Emily joined the ISEP team in July 2019 after working at an ISEP Member Institution as an international student recruiter. She holds a master's degree in international education management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and has lived abroad as a student, volunteer, and nanny. Emily's love for intercultural learning and itch for adventure has taken her to twenty-eight countries across the globe. Emily is an Oregon native, but resides in Flagstaff, Arizona. In her spare time, you can find her cooking, FaceTiming her nieces in Oregon, or climbing rocks and exploring northern Arizona! Emily is thrilled to engage with students and member institutions to facilitate meaningful experiences abroad and lasting cross-cultural connections.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • English Language and Literature:

    Rhetoric and Composition Writing

Academic Requirements

None

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Graduate
(in English)

Fields of Study

  • English Language and Literature

Academic Requirements

None

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

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