English Academic Skills Program

Tufts English Academic Skills Program (also referred to as the University Preparatory Program or "UPP") is an online English language and college skills preparatory program for pre-university and university students who are seeking academic study in an English language program anywhere in the world.  

The goals and objectives of the program are:

  • Improve the Academic English of each student.
  • Create an academic environment that challenges the students and preparers them for college or university-level scholarship.
  • Provide students with a better understanding of American Culture and History.
  • Allow students to build the academic and personal confidence necessary to study abroad at an English-speaking college or university.
  • Encourage students to become active members of their community (current and future)

Here is important information regarding enrollment dates and eligibility.

  • Multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year.  Upcoming Blocks: January 4 - February 26; March 1 - April 23;  April 26 - June 18; July 5 - August 27.  Deadline to apply is two-weeks before the start date of the Block.
  • Minimum score requirement:  TOEFL: suggested 70-80 for (iBT); IELTS: Suggested 6 - 6.5; CEFR: Suggested B1 - B2.  If you have not taken a test that does not disqualify you.  Please contact the program staff at esl@tufts.edu

Academic Program

The Program will be divided into six independent 8-week long block sessions (“Blocks”) where students take part in intensive workshops that build students’ confidence in academic English, public speaking, academic presentation development and delivery, and academic research and writing.  Students also build personal confidence through our one-on-one and group academic support sessions offered during the week and weekend.

Each Block consists of two sessions.  The “Academic Block” last 6-weeks where students receive direct instruction through online classes and take part in specialized virtual tours introducing them to American culture. The “Developmental Block” immediately follows the “Academic Block” and allows students to conduct independent research and complete a project that will become part of their student portfolio.  The Program actively encourages students to select a project where they engage in their local community.  Student portfolios can be used as supplemental material on their college applications.

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Sample Class Video

View sample online classes from the fall 2020 online classes.

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Cultural Curriculum

View some of the virtual tours and assignments students complete during the program.

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