• Course dates: June 2, 2014 - July 3, 2014
  • Application deadline: May 1, 2014
  • Course cost: $1,100
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About the Course

Writing the university application essay is one of the most important and challenging parts of the U.S. admissions process. It is your chance and often your only chance to show the admissions committee who you are, how you think, and why you would be a positive addition to their school and community. Writing an effective essay requires you to ask yourself some serious questions, think critically and reflectively about your life, and express yourself in a powerful statement that suggests a future of academic success, personal growth, and contribution to community.

Through our course, Writing the University Application Essay (UAE), we offer international students a meaningful step-by-step process to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to write an effective and memorable personal statement. UAE has been offered through our University Connection Program for over 10 years, and has helped hundreds of students reach their goals for admission. We're now excited to offer this course in a 5-week online format. 

Course Description

Writing the University Application Essay - Online (UAE Online) is an online writing course intended for international freshman applicants to U.S. colleges and universities. UAE Online is designed as a practical process-oriented guide to writing an effective and memorable personal statement. The course begins by examining the essay within the larger application to reveal how it impacts admissions decisions. With an understanding of the admissions audience and expectations, students will work to identify engaging topics, analyze common application prompts, and craft an essay that avoids common mistakes and highlights students' unique strengths and personalities. The course will introduce expert advice, sample essays, editing checklists, and strategies for creative and effective writing. Students will participate in interactive writing workshops and receive extensive individualized feedback from instructors. By the end of the course, students will complete 3 full drafts towards a final essay.

Recommended Background

UAE Online is recommended for international students applying as freshmen (first-year students) to U.S. colleges and universities for the Spring 2015 or Fall 2015 semester. The course is intended for students whose first language is not English. There is no specific language requirement, but in order to achieve the course objectives, students must be able to write a clear, detailed, developed text of 500 words or more about familiar subjects and experiences. 
Recommended TOEFL iBT: 70+

Acceptance into the Course

The University Connection team will review applications as they are received and notify students of their decision on or before May 9, 2014. 

Because our goal is to provide each student with consistent, individualized feedback throughout the course, space is limited. When reviewing your application we will look at your background, goals, and general English level. Applicants who meet the following criteria will be given priority:

  • Freshman applicants to U.S. universities for the Spring 2015 or Fall 2015 semesters
  • International students whose first language is not English
  • Clear and thorough responses to application questions in English

Accepted students will need to register and pay by May 15, 2014.

About the University Connection Team

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Leah Greenspoon
Academic Advising
Specialist

Lisa Taglang

Lisa Taglang
Manager of University
Connection Programs

Erick Hyde

Erick Hyde
University Connection
Counseling Specialist

Please contact Ms. Leah Greenspoon (leahgr@sas.upenn.edu) with any questions.
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