The 2016 UC Joint program registration is closed

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Program Introduction

This UC Joint Program is uniquely designed with the goals of helping international high school students to strengthen their English skills as well as providing unique opportunities to further explore American culture and values with an emphasis on the diversity of views and the understanding of those values with respect to students of an American research university.

During the first three weeks of our program, students will be staying at UC Berkeley to attend English courses. These courses are specifically designed to enhance student’s listening, speaking, reading comprehension, writing, and critical thinking skills through the study of American, and especially Californian cultures.

The last two weeks at UC Davis will present students a chance to acquire important college study skills needed to succeed at American college, especially at University of California. With clever combination of tours, activities, presentations, along with discussion, and written assignment, the two-unit U.S. College Study Skills course covers principles of learning strategies, academic tasks such as problem-solving; note-taking; following directions; reading, organizing, and summarizing information for study purposes; test taking; and using the library, time management strategies, and test taking strategies. These invaluable skills will help students reach their academic and career goals.

Program Time & Admission Requirements

Duration: five weeks (July 5 to August 5)

  • Three weeks (July 5 to July 22) @ UC Berkeley to attend English course (three credits). Monday to Friday from 9:30am to 4:30pm.
  • Course Topic: listening, speaking, critical reading & writing
  • Course Subject: American culture through the media or California culture
  • Two weeks (July 25 to August 5) @ UC Davis to attend subject course (two credits).
  • US college study skills
  • Business lecture and activity
  • Technology lecture and activity
  • Mathematics lecture and activity
  • Presentation skills

The following are the minimum eligibility requirements for the program:

  • Completion of the 10th grade and attainment of the age of 16 before the start of the program
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • English proficiency with TOEFL scores (iBT) 35 or IELTS 4.5 or taking our IPCPEPT 45
  • Completed the online application
  • Short essay, 300 – 400 words. We will assign topic
  • Transcripts that include all grades from 10th grade through the fall semester preceding your application
  • One signed letter of recommendation issued by school’s counselor
  • Obtained US F-1 Student Visa
  • Obtained health insurance to maintain and carry accident medical insurance coverage
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