English Preparation Program

The English Preparation Program is a 30-credit, two-semester program, which provides a bridge / transition program for students whose English language skills require development before the commencement of fulltime college education. The program includes extended courses on the development of English language skills for college-level academic purposes, academic communication, information technology in the higher education setting, study skills and time management, critical thinking and writing. 

Pathway progression

One year of the English Preparation Program plus three further years of undergraduate study lead to a bachelor’s degree 

All of the courses are rated as general education credits, falling within the institution’s grant of accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This means that successful completion of the program provides a direct pathway into the institution’s undergraduate programs in international business, hospitality management, event management, accounting and finance, liberal arts, and performing arts. And, with one year already completed, this reduces the additional time necessary to graduate from the undergraduate program to three years.

Fall semester 


  • EAP100 Foundation English for academic purposes (6 credits)
  • LIB200 Academic communication
  • LIB224 Computing for higher education and business
  • LIB220 Introduction to sociology
  • LIB221 Holistic movement


Spring semester


  • EAP200 English for academic purposes – standard (6 credits)
  • LIB206 Cinema and society
  • Two general education electives



Course descriptions 

Fall semester


EAP100 Foundation English for academic purposes

6 credits

The course aims to provide learners for whom English is not a first language with the essential linguistic skills needed in an English medium, post-secondary learning environment. The course focuses on the processes involved in effective writing from simple sentence structure to paragraphing, and includes planning, preparation and organisation. A review of the main grammatical areas is undertaken to improve accuracy and coherence. Special attention is also given to reading with a view to contextualising grammar and lexis and to developing more efficient reading strategies.


LIB200 Academic communication

3 credits

The aim of the module is to introduce learners to the practices and techniques of generating and exchanging information and knowledge in the academic environment.  Learners will learn how to utilize material found in books, periodicals, and on the Internet; how to draft and revise reports and essays; how to prepare research papers; how to prepare and deliver oral presentations; and how to participate in public debates.  


IB204 Computing for higher education and business

3 credits

This course describes the various components of computer systems and provides students with an awareness of the possible threats to such systems.  In addition to developing an understanding of how to protect against such threats, students will develop skills working with other software applications that are important in business computing.  This includes using word-processing, presentation, database, spreadsheet, and website design software for business applications.


LIB220 Introduction to sociology

3 credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to the discipline of sociology. Introduction to fundamental concepts of social relationships, group life, culture, social institutions and deviance are discussed.




PA204 Holistic movement

3 credits

This course offers an introduction to contemporary dance technique, improvisation, and composition.  There will be a focus on the kinaesthetic of contemporary dance technique, basic introduction to anatomy and Laban movement analysis.


Spring semester


EAP200 English for academic purposes – standard

6 credits

The course is designed to equip learners for whom English is not a first language with the linguistic and analytical skills necessary to participate effectively in an English medium, post-secondary learning environment. The course focuses on the processes involved in effective academic writing, including planning and preparation, organisation, grammatical and lexical accuracy. Special attention is also given to efficient reading strategies which develop analytical skills, critical independence and expand lexical and grammatical range.


LIB206 Cinema and society

3 credits 

Examines the process in which cinematic narratives, both fictional and documentary, reflect human interactions, conflict and cooperation in a social environment.  The particular problems for analysis will include cinematic representations of family life, local community, work place, class tensions, multiculturalism, poverty and crime.


Two general education electives

6 credits

The students will discuss with the dean two appropriate course selections from IAU’s general education offerings.

The programme has two intakes: January and September.

Applicants are required to have graduated from high school at a standard that satisfies the institution that they have a strong likelihood of being able to complete the program of study. Applicants still in high school must provide evidence from high school transcripts and / or report cards that suggest a likelihood to graduate from high school; conditional acceptance is granted pending the completion of the applicant’s senior high school year.

In order to enter the programme students must be familiar with the English language and be able to achieve 4.0+ on the IELTS assessment or an equivalent scale. Applicants should include evidence of English language proficiency with their application.

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