Prepare for Success

The Pre-Sessional program provides students with the English and classroom skills they need to transition to academic life in the United States. You may enter the program in the spring, summer, or fall and progress into the Extended Accelerator Program.

Program Details

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Program Length
Program
Curriculum
Total Credits
Earned Toward
Degrees
Progression
Requirements
Progression
Into
VariesPlanned – all courses exclusive to Accelerator studentsNot applicableGrade of B or betterExtended Accelerator Program

Entry Requirements

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

PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH 1 (1 semester)
GPATOEFL® for EntryIELTS for EntryPTE for EntryEIKEN for EntryiTEP for EntryOther Standardized Tests Required
Only one of the scores below required
3.0 (unweighted)605.0402A3.0None
PRE-SESSIONAL ENGLISH 2 (2 semesters)
GPATOEFL® for EntryIELTS for EntryPTE for EntryEIKEN for EntryiTEP for EntryOther Standardized Tests Required
Only one of the scores below required
3.0 (unweighted)504.536-39Pre-22.5None

Progression Plan Standards: Pre-sessional English Undergraduate

The Progression Plan is the guiding principle for the courses of action taken for students as they advance from one program level to another. Students are expected to meet academic standards enumerated and detailed below.

General Standards

  1. For the general purposes of university degree and program requirements, students will be governed by the catalog year in effect for the academic year in which they are admitted to the PSE program.
  2. Students must enroll in all courses defined in the ELTA curriculum within their level.
  3. Upon completion of the ELTA level 5 curriculum, PSE students may advance into the Extended Accelerator program, if they meet the standards set below.
  4. Students are required to maintain compliance with IAP policies (inclusive of the attendance requirements described here), AU immigration standards, AU Undergraduate Academic Regulations, and the AU Student Conduct Code.

Attendance Requirements

Regular class attendance for all students is required to ensure students meet the goals of the program; a minimum of 90% class attendance is required to progress to the next level. Failure to meet the enrollment and attendance requirements may lead to loss of immigration status. Students who receive grades of FX or ZX will be administratively separated.

Language Proficiency Placement

All admitted students are required to take a post-arrival English proficiency test.  This test is administered to determine placement into the appropriate level of ELTA coursework.

Advancement Through the Program

  1. To advance to the next level of ELTA coursework, PSE students entering PSE in Fall 2020 or later must achieve a letter grade of “B” or better in each ELTA course.
    a. Any PSE students who began PSE prior to Fall 2020 may advance to the next level of ELTA coursework with a “C” or better in each ELTA course.
  2. To advance into the Extended Accelerator Program, PSE students entering PSE in Fall 2020 or later must complete ELTA level 5 coursework with a letter grade of “B” or better in each ELTA course.
    a. Any PSE students who began PSE prior to Fall 2020 may advance into the Extended Accelerator Program with a “C” or better in all their ELTA coursework.
  3. If a PSE student entering PSE Fall 2020 or later receives a grade lower than “B” in any ELTA course, the student is required to repeat the entire level of ELTA courses and achieve a “B” or better in each course to advance to the next level of coursework.
    a. If a PSE student who began PSE prior to Fall 2020 receives any grade lower than “C” in any ELTA course, the student is required to repeat the entire level of ELTA courses and achieve a “C” or better in each course to advance to the next level of coursework.
  4. Students will maintain full-time study in compliance with visa requirements.
  5. Students are permitted to repeat one level of ELTA coursework one time. Requests to extend enrollment in PSE further due to extenuating circumstances must be submitted to and approved by the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, IAP.

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