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What is UniConn?

The University Connection program (UniConn) is designed for highly motivated students who plan to study in a university degree program (undergraduate or graduate) in the US or other English-speaking countries. UniConn prepares students for the challenges of the application and admissions process, and academic study at the university level.

Who should participate in UniConn?

  1. Students applying to universities in the US or other English-speaking countries.
  2. Students who have been accepted into a degree program but need to improve their language proficiency and academic skills before beginning their degree.

What are the benefits of UniConn for students at an intermediate or advanced level?

  • Individualized academic plans, developed with a UniConn adviser based on the student’s specific needs and goals, and monitoring of progress towards goals
  • Academic English and study skills preparation
  • One-on-one advising sessions with a university admissions specialist
  • Workshops on topics related to university admission
  • Orientation to the academic expectations and culture of the US university

What are examples of academic and admissions-focused electives that intermediate or advanced level students can take in UniConn?

  • Academic Skills for TOEFL iBT
  • Test Strategies for TOEFL iBT
  • Applying to US Universities
  • Writing the University Application Essay
  • Academic Reading & Writing
  • Academic Speaking
  • Listening to Lectures
  • Writing Research Papers

How much does UniConn cost?


What are the requirements for UniConn?

Academic and admissions-focused electives are available to students at the mid-intermediate (CEFR B1+) to advanced (CEFR B2+) levels. New students must place into the 600 level of the Intensive Program.

Students at a beginner (CEFR A1-) or low-intermediate (CEFR B1-) level can meet one-on-one with university admissions specialists to develop an individualized academic plan and make sure they are on the correct path for taking advantage of the UniConn program once they have a higher level of English proficiency.

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UniConn Plus

What is UniConn Plus?

University Connection Plus (UniConn Plus) includes all of the components of UniConn, while also allowing students to take test preparation courses for SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT or other  standardized tests required for university admission. 

Who should participate in UniConn Plus?

Students applying to US undergraduate or graduate degree programs who need to prepare for or improve their SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT or other standardized tests required for university admission.

What are the benefits of taking UniConn Plus?

  • All components of UniConn (please see description above)
  • SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, or other standardized test preparation courses

How much does UniConn Plus cost?


What are the requirements for UniConn Plus?

  • New students must submit TOEFL scores of 70 or higher and complete the "University Connection" section of the enrollment form
  • Continuing students may enroll in UniConn Plus after they have reached our intermediate (600) level

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University Acceptances

What universities have UniConn and UniConn Plus students been accepted into?

UniConn students have recently been accepted into a variety of 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!

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Non-degree Credit Course at Penn

Eligible UniConn 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. Test preparation and LPS credit courses may not be taken at the same time.

Please visit the LPS website for course listings:

Students who successfully pass an LPS academic credit course at Penn may be eligible for an English for Academic Purposes Certificate if they also:

  1. pass the ELP Academic English Proficiency Exam
  2. successfully complete a series of advanced level courses at the ELP

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