The Academy approach is designed to help you develop the academic English skills you need for the university classroom as well as the practical English you need for real-life situations.
All courses are interactive, requiring you to practice English in many different circumstances. Your courses focus on academic reading and writing as well as listening, speaking, and pronunciation. In addition to these courses, you can choose from many special interest courses, including optional Study Tracks.
Faculty and Staff
The Academy employs full-time faculty and staff who are experienced in assisting you in a variety of ways. From Academic Advising to Immigration Advising our staff have your everyday needs covered. Our full-time ESL instructors have over 60 years combined experience in the field of ESL and hold either a master's degree or Ph.D. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), linguistics or a related field. Most Academy teachers speak at least one other language and have lived abroad.
Meet the Faculty and Staff
Classes are held on the USC campus in university classrooms. All students are also eligible to use USC facilities including 16 university libraries and any of the several campus computer rooms.
Length of Study
In fall and spring, courses at the Academy are 14 weeks long (one semester). The summer semester is divided into two six-week sessions: A and B. You may choose one or both sessions. The combined A and B sessions equal one semester. The minimum length of study is one semester, except during the summer, when you may stay for one session (6 weeks).
Hours of Study
As an F-1 international student you may take a variety of courses and workshops for a minimum of 21 hours of instruction per week. If you hold another visa type or do not have a visa please contact our office for specific hours of study.
On the Start Day of the program you will take the English Placement Examination. This test has three parts:
• Thirty-Minute Written Essay
• Grammar / Vocabulary Multiple Choice Section
Your scores on the three parts of the test provide a profile that indicates your level of placement in the program. TOEFL scores are not used for placement purposes.