Many non-native speakers of English require additional language training in order to meet the proficiency requirement for their academic program or simply to brush up or perfect their English skills.Universal Placement Program partners with a broad range of English as a SecondLanguage (ESL) programs that offer the opportunity to find the ideal program for you.
ESL programs are based on campuses or private companies and usually include coursework in writing, reading, speaking, and listening. Many programs offer specialized courses such as preparation for the TOEFL and IELTS exams, SAT preparation, and Business English. Depending on the ESL school selected, you can usually begin your program either in the fall or spring semester or in some cases each month.
The most popular program in UPP, it offers a truly unique opportunity opportunity to earn Associates (2 year) and Bachelor (4 year) degrees. Students have a wide variety of different fields they can select to study. These fields of study are known as a Major.
2-year programs are usually completed at a private college or a Community College. These schools offer an Associates of Art (AA) or Associates of Science (AS) degree. The first 2 years of study is also known as “Lower-division” and successful completion of this coursework can usually be transferred to a 4-year university. Community Colleges in particular are very popular among international students as they generally are easier to gain admission into and are less expensive.
4-year undergraduate programs are completed at either a private or public University or College. Successful completion of the program will award the student either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. There are many different school choices available with a diverse field of study.
Graduate Programs are advanced degrees that require students to have completed their undergraduate degree (BA or BS) and in some cases also have several years of work experience. Admission into graduate programs is usually more selective than an undergraduate program and many schools require minimum scores on a standardized exam such as the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). The most common Master Degrees offered in the United States are: Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Education (MEd), and Master of Fine Arts (MFA).
UPP partners with many highly ranked masters programs throughout the United States
Students who are looking for a more specific experience with their career, we have schools that offer top experiences in intensive academic programs.
UPP partners with many different schools providing instruction, certification, and degrees in special programs such as Art, Aviation, Culinary Arts, Fashion Design, Film, Music and many others. These programs are typically designed as a career preparation to quickly prepare the student to gain employment in their respective fields.
Universal Placement Program offers students the opportunity to study at Private High schools located throughout the United States. Students can attend from 1 to 4 years at a high school and study alongside other international and US students.
These schools are carefully selected and have very high academic standards and excellent facilities. Our private high schools fall into 2 categories:
- Private Boarding Schools
Private boarding high schools provide an intellectually challenging environment to help you in your personal development and reach your greatest possible academic achievements. You will live in a school dormitory supervised by at least one live-in school staff member. You will share a bedroom with at least one or two other students and eat most of your meals in the school cafeteria. Private boarding schools encourage each student to be an important part of the school community so you will be expected to participate in a variety of clubs and/or sports in order to strengthen your involvement in that community. Admission standards at private boarding schools can range from moderately difficult to extremely selective. Some private boarding schools provide international students with additional English classes to help them transition into regular academic courses. The total cost to attend a private boarding school for one school year, September – June, generally ranges between US$30,000 – US$40,000, with some schools costing less and other schools costing more. Because of the academic and personal skills that private boarding schools help students develop, private boarding school graduates have very high acceptance rates to the best universities in the USA.
- Private Day Schools
As a student at a private day school, you can expect your educational experience to also have a strong emphasis on academic achievement with many opportunities to become involved in a variety of extracurricular activities. Students who attend private day schools will live with local American families who provide a home away from home environment and will help you get adjusted to life in the United States. Admission standards at private day schools can also range from moderately difficult to extremely selective. Some private day schools provide international students with additional English classes to help them transition into regular academic courses. The total cost of attending a private day school for one school year, September – June, generally ranges between US$25,000 – US$35,000. Private day school graduates also have very high acceptance rates to top universities in the USA.
In order to reach your dreams, sometimes you have to take an extra step to ensure you’re prepared. Many academic programs that students dream of attending have very selective admission policies making it difficult for students to get accepted. In the case that your English level isn’t where it needs to be, UPP offers an option for you to prepare yourself and plan for success.
UPP offers 2+2 (Pathways) at our select partner schools and allows you to enter an academic program without TOEFL or other English requirements by completing 2 years of academic work and then transferring into some of the best schools in the United States.