Prepare for Success

Want to prepare yourself for English-speaking classrooms? With the Pre-Sessional English program, you get the strong language support you need to feel more comfortable learning in English.

Once you complete the Pre-Sessional English program, you’ll transition into the Extended Accelerator Program and start working toward your degree.

Program Details

First-Year
Program Length
Program
Curriculum
Total Credits
Earned Toward
Degrees
Progression
Requirements
Progression
Into
1 semester
(14 weeks)
Planned – all courses exclusive to Accelerator students Not applicable Successful completion of Level 4 or approval from Accelerator team Extended Accelerator Program

Entry Requirements

To apply for the Pre-Sessional English add-on program at UIC, you should have at least the following qualifications:

GPA Requirement Minimum TOEFL® Minimum IELTS™ Minimum Pearson Versant™
Only one of the scores below required
2.5 60 or below 5.0 or below 45 or below
Anticipated Pre-Sessional Program Duration: TOEFL iBT® IELTS™ Pearson Versant™ Password
Pre-Sessional 1 Term 4.5 50 40 4.5
Pre-Sessional 2 Terms 40 4 35 4
Pre-Sessional 3+ Terms Below 40 3.5 30 or below Pre Password

*All students will be tested upon arrival to confirm program duration

Important Dates

Summer 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
Payment Deadline April 30, 2018 August 1, 2018 December 25, 2018 April 30, 2019
Move-In Date May 14, 2018 August 15, 2018 January 7, 2019 May 13, 2019
Program Start Date May 15, 2018 August 16, 2018 January 8, 2019 May 14, 2019

Costs

All costs are displayed in U.S. dollars.

Summer 2018 Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Summer 2019
Tuition and Fees $6,800 $6,800 $7,125 $7,125
Housing $2,289-$6,000 $4,806–$6,000 $5,313–$6,000 $2,334–$6,000
Dining $1,441 $1,820 $1,544 $1,325
Health Insurance $1,750 $1,750 $1,750 $1,750
Total $12,280-$15,991 $15,176-$16,370 $15,732-$16,419 $12,534-$16,200
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