Summer Institute for International Scholars


    The Summer Institute for International Scholars was established nearly 20 years ago and is designed to support all international graduate students from any discipline make the transition to a graduate program in North America. The program offers students intensive course work designed to develop their academic writing, research, communication, and presentation skills. Additionally, students learn how to navigate out-of-class etiquette such as study groups and networking while the program builds their confidence necessary for success in graduate school.

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    Program Requirements

    To apply for this program you must meet the following criteria:

    • A completed undergraduate degree
    • An intention to pursue graduate studies at a university or college
    • A minimum TOEFL score of 71 (internet) or 197 (computer)

    Dates and Deadlines

    Summer 2022 Date
    Program Dates July 3 - August 12
    Application Deadline June 1 *late applications accepted for additional fee
    Payment Deadline June 15

    Program Schedule

    Classes take place 8:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. 

    Program Costs

    • Application Fee - $85, collected at time of application
    • Tuition Deposit - $100, collected at time of application
      This deposit is deducted from the total tuition cost, but is not refundable if a student chooses to withdraw their application.
    • Program Fee - $3,750 (including the tuition deposit)
      The all-inclusive fee includes tuition, access to online classroom, 20 - 25 hours of synchronous instruction.

    Refund Policy

    If a student chooses to withdraw from the program between June 15 and the start of the program, the program will refund 80% of the program fee.

    Program Curriculum

    In the program, students will be part of a personalized classroom environment where they can focus on learning the skills most important to them while engaging with classmates from across the globe. Course work is divided into three complementary parts: A Graduate Skills Course, A Specialized Subject Matter Workshop, and English Enhancement Tutoring.

    Professional/Graduate Skills Course

    The Graduate Skills course focuses on building the student's academic note-taking, writing, research, communication, and presentation skills to prepare them for teamwork, discussions, debates, and other critical interactions that take place in any graduate program. As part of the class, students must go through the process of writing a graduate-level research paper and deliver a 30-minute professional presentation.

    Subject Matter Workshop

    The Subject Matter Workshop workshop provides a behind-the-scenes look at what to expect in a graduate school program. Through guest speakers and daily workshops, students gain significant insight into what is expected, giving students an advantage their peers would not receive. Workshop topics will include how to find campus resources, what to know about course selection, and how to be a productive member of a study group or presentation group.

    Language Tutoring

    Students needing additional writing or language support may enroll in additional tutoring sessions. Trained academic support specialists provide individual instruction and provide feedback on ways to strengthen the student's academic and language skills.

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