Academic and Admissions Preparation Components


UniConn includes a dedicated counseling team to help students apply to and prepare for US universities.  Admissions specialists are available for one-on-one meetings to help students through each step of the application process from university research and identifying best-fit schools to revising essays and submitting applications.  Academic advisors help students develop skills like time and resource management, and study strategies to prepare them for academic success.


UniConn admissions specialists offer students a series of workshops each session that help students learn how to navigate the US university admissions process.  Topics include Completing the Common Application, Crafting an Effective Resume, Graduate Admissions Basics, Researching Schools and Programs, Undergraduate Admissions Basics, and Writing Your Best Application Essay.

Orientation to US University Culture

Through UniConn classes and advising, students gain an understanding of the expectations of a US degree program and learn how to manage a rigorous workload, utilize resources on university campuses, and be an active participant in an academic community.

Networking with University Admissions Officers

The ELP hosts in-person visits and videoconferences with university admissions officers throughout the year.  Representatives have visited from Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State University, Purdue University, Rice University, and the University of Pennsylvania, among others.  In the Fall of 2014, the ELP held its first annual College Fair, welcoming admissions representatives from 25 schools and programs.

Academic English Preparation

Students improve their academic English through specialized courses such as Research Paper Writing, Listening to Lectures, English for Science, Reading for Academic Purposes, and many others.  This intensive coursework helps ease the transition into university studies, leading to strong first year results.

Admissions and Test Preparation

In addition to one-on-one advising and admissions workshops, students can take specialized courses which help them complete the pieces of their university applications.  Writing the University Application Essay offers students applying to undergraduate programs the opportunity to take advantage of expert advice, read sample essays.  Writing the Graduate Application Statement guides students toward an effective statement for their particular graduate program. Test Preparation courses provide intense, small group instruction to help prepare students for the TOEFL iBT, IELTS, SAT, ACT, GRE, or GMAT.


Students with a high-intermediate level of English proficiency will take an integrated skills core course as well as two academic or admissions-focused electives.  Students at the advanced level will select four electives.

Examples of academic and admissions-focused electives:

  • Academic Vocabulary
  • Listening and Speaking Skills for TOEFL iBT
  • Listening to Lectures
  • Reading Academic Texts
  • Reading and Writing Skills for TOEFL iBT
  • Skills for Success at US Universities
  • Research Paper Writing
  • Writing the Graduate Application Statement
  • Writing the University Application Essay

Click here for descriptions of high-intermediate and advanced electives.

Penn Credit Course option

Eligible students can apply to take a credit course through Penn's College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) to add to their academic background. This unique opportunity allows students to experience the demands and expectations of academic study at an Ivy League university, study alongside Penn undergraduate students, and earn academic credit. Students who take a credit course will be enrolled in 3 advanced ELP electives at the same time. Students must be separately admitted to the College of Liberal and Professional Studies in order to take a credit course. UniConn Plus test preparation and LPS credit courses may not be taken at the same time.

Please visit the LPS website for course listings:

Section DividerSocio-Cultural Components

Throughout the program, students participate in activities that broaden their experience in the US culture.  Learn more about the social activities, field trips, conversation partner program, volunteer opportunities, and student center here.

Section DividerUniversity Acceptances

UniConn students have been accepted into a variety of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States, including the University of Pennsylvania and other high-ranking universities in the US, such as:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Yale University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • John Hopkins University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Duke University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • American University
  • University of Michigan
  • Boston College
  • And many more!