University Preparation for High School Students

This three week program is for international high school students with strong English skills who want to prepare for study at an American university.

Enjoy the opportunity to visit a variety of American university campuses in the Northeast!  In summer 2014, students visited Harvard University, Brown Univeristy and the University of Connecticut. Summer 2015 college visits will be announced as soon as they are reserved.

All students in the program will be housed together with other pre-college students attending Yale Summer Session.


Academic Listening and Speaking

Develop the confidence and skills you need to be an active learner in American university classes.  This class is designed to be eclectic, broad, interesting, provocative, and interactive.  Learn to analyze, synthesize, and produce facts and information, while also improving your critical thinking skills.  

  • Develop listening skills and improve your academic note-taking abilities
  • Enhance your ability to interact, discuss, argue, debate and give oral reports
  • Expand your vocabulary and review grammatical structures
  • Practice interview skills for university admissions


 Academic Reading and Writing

Improve your reading and critical thinking skills to prepare for study in the U.S.   This course also polishes your writing skills with daily, intensive practice. Writing exercises will emphasize grammatical accuracy, clarity of content, and fluency, while focusing on well-organized and effectively developed paragraphs and essays.  In addition, learn about the research process –including paraphrasing, summary, and proper citation—in the context of writing longer papers.

  • Expand your vocabulary and ability to use new words and word forms
  • Improve your reading comprehension and speed and gain confidence in your ability to master difficult texts
  • Write essays for college applications


 Academic Coaching 

Learn about the American university system and admissions process while improving your academic skills.  Academic coaching will help you understand how you study and learn best, how you exercise their personal brand of leadership, and how to be more proactive in your life. 

  • Explore the different types of academic institutions
  • Learn about the college application process
  • Improve your study skills


Critical and Creative Thinking

Explore the nature and technique of critical thought—a process used to establish a reliable basis for our claims, beliefs, and attitudes about the world. Learn to use strategies, materials, and interventions in your own educational setting. This course also seeks to deepen the your understanding of creativity by improving your creative problem-solving skills and enhancing your ability to promote these skills in others.

 Elective Classes 

Choose one evening elective class in an area that interests you.  Evening electives meet two evenings per week.   Elective course offerings vary, but offerings may include:

  • English Pronunciation
  • TOEFL Practice
  • SAT Practice
  • Art Appreciation
  • American Music

Sample Daily Schedule

Academic Reading and WritingMTWTHF9:00 - 10:45
Academic Listening and SpeakingMTWTHF11:00 - 12:15
Critical and Creative ThinkingMW1:30 - 3:30
Academic Coaching workshopT/TH1:30 - 3:30
Elective ClassT/TH4:00 - 5:30

 Individual student schedules may vary.


Admissions note

Students wishing to apply to the University Preparation program must currently be in their junior or senior year of high school. Sophomores (students who will be juniors in the fall) are not eligible to apply.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Application fee and Visa Processing fee
  • Financial documents
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • High school transcript


Session dates

July 18 – August 5, 2016

Note: This is a 3 week program.


2016 Tuition