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EducationUSA Academy student Andres from Colombia participates in a time management exercise with classmate Bruno from Brazil. Photo by Sonya Doctorian July 16, 2016

The EducationUSA Academy at the University of Colorado Boulder is a university preparation program designed for IB, AP, Cambridge, and other academically accomplished 15-17 year old international students from public and private high schools. Participants will:

  • Work with recognized academic and professional experts in engineering, international business, and psychology;
  • Build communication, critical thinking, and negotiating skills by working with teams of classmates
  • Tour area universities, interact with key international admission decision-makers, and develop test preparation skills and strategies for success;
  • Participate in exciting cultural, community, and sports activities;
  • Experience university life on a safe, world-ranked campus – one of the most beautiful campuses in the US, and home to 5 Nobel prize winners.

The program includes instruction, materials, and activities that promote students’ professional development. The program also provides opportunities for students to interact with native speakers of English, including peer groups on campus.

The program includes 4 core courses, which meet a total of 20 hours per week:

Academic Seminar – Entrepreneurship  (6 hours per week)

In this course, students build their research, communication, critical thinking and team work skills through lectures, discussions, readings, presentations, and projects. Students gain greater knowledge of such areas as engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, medicine, aerospace, architecture, education, and music. In small teams, students work closely with a local entrepreneur mentor in one of these areas to identify an innovative product or service that solves a real-world problem. Teams develop a marketing plan and presentation for a start-up competition.

Test Preparation (6 hours per week)

Students may choose one of two test preparation courses.

TOEFL Test Preparation

This course provides students with strategies and test-taking practice for the TOEFL iBT exam. Practice includes fluency building tasks and simulated test questions for the writing, reading, listening, and speaking sections of the test. Students have the opportunity to take actual TOEFL exams and increase academic vocabulary.

SAT Test Preparation

This course provides students with strategies and test-taking practice for the SAT exam. Practice includes reading, essay writing, error identification and improvement, math concepts and word problems, and vocabulary development. Students will take timed practice SAT tests.

University Preparation Workshop (4 hours per week)

This course is designed for students to gain understanding and insight about the US higher education system and academic culture. Through lectures, discussions, hands-on activities, and field experiences, students explore different universities and colleges, application requirements for majors and minors, international student scholarships, student support services, clubs and government, and careers. Students learn strategies for submitting successful applications, writing college essays, and interviewing.

US Culture and Contemporary Issues (4 hours per week)

In this course, students develop a deeper understanding of US culture and contemporary issues. The topics of this course include free speech, diversity in society, US government, pop culture, public policy, social issues, youth culture, and current events. Experiential learning activities and team projects prepare students for university study.

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