American Classroom Program

English Language Preparation


Overview

American Classroom is an innovative transitional experience for international students who are looking for advanced English language preparation and an introduction to the American education system and college culture. This program is an excellent start to your American university studies and provides a comprehensive academic and cultural experience designed to help you succeed at Northeastern University and improve your English language skills. For the highly motivated international student—American Classroom is your opportunity to jump into the flow of American college life while exposing you to an environment conducive to a successful transition to university. Throughout your time in American Classroom, you will benefit from individual academic advising and support services. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be enriched from your exposure to college life and academics and prepared for a degree program. 

Based on English proficiency scores, students will complete between one and three levels in American Classroom. Each level is designed to provide appropriate instruction and class content based on English language proficiency.

One of the major benefits of American Classroom as an English preparatory program is the opportunity to gain conditional acceptance to a Northeastern University degree program. If you are interested in pursuing your higher education at Northeastern after completing the American Classroom Program, please apply via Option 1 or Option 2 on the Admissions tab.

Program Benefits

  • Earn academic credit that may be transferable to other colleges and universities
  • Improve your English language skills through specially designed courses
  • Experience the culture of an American university and participate in campus life and activities
  • Develop greater professional skills and a stronger resume through in class workshops
  • Participate in specialized courses in business, science, and technology
  • Receive support every step of the way from our dedicated Global Student Success (GSS) staff

For more information, please contact an enrollment coach at 877.668.7727 or cpsadmissions@neu.edu .


Curriculum

Students will enter one of the following program levels based on their current level of English proficiency. Additionally, entry levels are progression levels and assume you have reached that level’s entry requirements.

 

Level 1

English level equivalent to:

  • TOEFL iBT 65 - 73
  • IELTS 6.0 (no bands below 5.5)
  • Pearson 46 - 49

Students take four advanced English language courses and one undergraduate-level credit-bearing academic course through the College of Professional Studies. Academic courses are subject to change.

ESLG 0232 Culture and Communication Skills for University  4 s.h.
ESLG 0630 College Writing 4 s.h.
ESLG 0457 Campus and Classroom Culture 3 s.h.
ESLG 0600 TOEFL Preparation for the iBT 0 s.h.
EVRN 1101  Environmental Science 4 s.h. 


Level 2

English level equivalent to:

  • TOEFL iBT 74 - 82
  • IELTS 6.0 (no bands below 6.0)
  • Pearson 50 - 55

Students take two courses to improve English language skills, two credit-bearing academic courses, and The Global Experience, a social justice service-learning course. Academic courses are subject to change.

ESLG 0610 Advanced Communication Strategies 4 s.h.
ESLG 0326 Communicating on Campus  3 s.h.
GBST 1012 The Global Experience 1 s.h.
ECNM 1115 Principles of Macroeconomics (Students who have already fulfilled relevant academic credit based on prior coursework will have the opportunity to take an alternative course.) 4 s.h. 
HSTY 1130 Introduction to American History 4 s.h. 

 

Level 3

English level equivalent to:

  • TOEFL iBT 83 or higher
  • IELTS 6.5 (no bands below 6.0)
  • Pearson 56 or higher

Students take two courses to improve English language skills, two credit-bearing academic courses, and The Global Experience, a social justice service-learning course. Academic courses are subject to change.

ESLG 0095 Advanced Reading and Writing 4 s.h.
ESLG 0700 English Language Workshop 3 s.h.
GBST 1012
or
GBST 1013
The Global Experience
or
The Global Experience 2
(Students who took GBST 1012 in Level 2 will take GBST 1013 in
Level 3.)
1 s.h. 
MATM 1341
or
MATM 1120
Calculus 1 for Sci/Engr
or
Precalculus
(Students will be placed in the appropriate class based on a placement test delivered at the start of term.)
4 s.h.
PHLS 1101 Introduction to Philosophy 4 s.h. 
ESLG 0600 TOEFL Preparation for the iBT 0 s.h. 

Admissions Options

Admissions Options


Depending on your goals after American Classroom, there are different admissions options to follow:
 

 Option 1:   American Classrom to gain conditional acceptance to Northeastern University Undergraduate- Residential programs
Option 2: American Classroom to gain conditional acceptance to Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies
Option 3: American Classroom only

  

Admission Criteria for Each Option

 

1. Northeastern University Undergraduate- Residential

  • Application
  • Official academic records: Submit both official records and an English translation:
    • Secondary Education AND all undergraduate/ post-secondary institution attended (this may not apply to all applicants)
  • Letter of interest(250-500 words): A formal letter indicating:
    •  Why you are interested in American Classroom
    • Why you want to continue your education at Northeastern University’s residential undergraduate program
  • Minimum English proficiency test score
    • TOEFL iBT: 65 or higher
    • IELTS: 6.0 (no bands below 5.5)
    • Pearson 46 or higher

If located in the Boston area we can administer a test onsite at Northeastern University. Contact cpsadmissions@neu.edu for referral test dates.

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2.  Northeastern Universitys College of Professional Studies - Undergraduate

  • Application
  • Official academic records: Submit both official and an English translation
    • Secondary Education AND all undergraduate/ post-secondary institution attended (this may not apply to all applicants)
  • Professional resume (ONLY Fast Track applicants): Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Letter of interest(250-500 words): A formal letter indicating:
    • Why you are interested in American Classroom
    • Why you want to continue your education at the Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies
    • Which program are you interested in and why
  • Minimum English P\proficiency test score
    • TOEFL iBT: 65 or higher
    • IELTS:  6.0 (no bands below 5.5)
    • Pearson 46 or higher

If located in the Boston area we can administer a test onsite at Northeastern University. Contact cpsadmissions@neu.edu for referral test dates.

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3. American Classroom only

  • Application
  • Official academic records: Submit both official records and an English Translation
    • Highest Level degree earned
  • Letter of interest (250-500 words): A formal letter indicating why you are interest in  American Classroom
  • Minimum English proficiency test score
    • TOEFL iBT: 65 or higher
    • IELTS:  6.0 (no bands below 5.5)
    • Pearson 46 or higher

If located in the Boston area we can administer a test onsite at Northeastern University. Contact cpsadmissions@neu.edu for referral test dates.



 [FL1]Link to program dates


Program Deadlines

American Classroom Dates 2014

Term Application
Deadline
(Overseas)
Application
Deadline
(U.S. Transfer)
Mandatory
Orientation
First Day
of Class
Last Day
of Class
Last Day
of Program 

Summer 2014

February 26, 2014

March 26, 2014

May 1, 2014

May 5, 2014

August 12, 2014

August 14, 2014

Fall 2014

June 23, 2014

July 21, 2014

August 28-29, 2014

September 3, 2014

December 9, 2014

December 12, 2014

Spring 2015

October 27, 2014

December 1, 2014

January 8, 2015

January 12, 2015

April 28, 2015

May 1, 2015

Summer 2015 March 4, 2015 April 1, 2015 May 7, 2015 May 11, 2015 August 18, 2015 August 20, 2015

 

 

 


Visa Requirements

International Student Visa Requirements

The following must be submitted prior to the program deadline if applying for an international student visa:

Students from outside the United States:

  • Declaration and Certificate of Finance (DCF form 683), must include the following:
    • Copy of identity page of  passport AND
    • Original financial documents covering all expenses for one academic year, as listed on the DCF
      • Must have original ink signatures

Students who are transferring (to be used if currently attending another U.S. institution on an F1 student visa):

  • Declaration and Certificate of Finance (DCF form 683), must include the following:
    • Copy of identity page of passport
    • Original financial documents covering all expenses for one academic year, as listed on the DCF
    • Copies of I-20 forms from all schools previously attended
    • Copies of front and back of I-94 card (if you are still in the U.S.)
    • Copy of current visa stamp
    • Copy of Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card (if applicable)
  • Transfer-In notification (Form 121)
    • Complete Part I
    • Your Current institution's Designated School Official (DSO) must complete Part II and fax to Northeastern by the application deadline

Tuition

Estimated Tuition and Fees for American Classroom are:

Program Semester Tuition Student Fees
Fall 2013 (15 weeks) $6,830.00 $276.25
Spring 2014 (15 weeks) $6,830.00 $276.25
Summer 2014 (15 weeks) $6,830.00 $276.25
Tuition Deposit

All admitted students must submit a non-refundable $250 (USD) tuition deposit. Deposits must be received three weeks prior to the start of the term you are enrolling in. The deposit will be counted towards the tuition for your first term of enrollment. Please refer to your acceptance letter for complete information.

 


FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is American Classroom?
The American Classroom Program offers advanced English language learners the opportunity to take academic classes along with English as a second language classes. In the final level of this program students may earn transferable academic credit.

How does American Classroom work?
Based on admissions requirements, including the application essay and language test score, students are placed in program levels. Students will also take English classes in each level to develop language, communication, and study skills to prepare  for full time classes at Northeastern and other institutions. Each level lasts for one semester, or 15 weeks.

Will I have automatic admission to the full-time undergraduate or graduate programs if I take American Classroom?
Participation in American Classroom does not guarantee a place in a degree program at Northeastern University. However, it does strengthen communication skills and success in the program will give students a stronger academic record which may help an admissions office reach a decision.

Is American Classroom a full-time program and will I receive an I-20?
American Classroom is a full-time program and students in this program are eligible to apply for an F-1 student visa for participation.

Will I be able to get a dormitory room if I am an American Classroom student?
Students in the American Classroom Program may be eligible for on-campus housing. Program staff are happy to provide information about home stay agencies and other accommodations upon request.

How will I know which academic class I should take to get transfer credit?
Program faculty carefully build the curriculum to integrate the content courses with the English language courses. Program staff will ensure that you are registered for courses with the appropriate transfer credits.

Can I take American Classroom if I do not want to apply to Northeastern University?
Students who are not interested in applying to Northeastern University may apply to American Classroom as a stand-alone program. All students in the program will need to meet required test scores.

 

 

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