Program details

Choose your path

The International Graduate Preparation Program is offered to graduate-degree applicants who do not have the necessary TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores for admission to graduate degree programs offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, W. P. Carey School of Business or the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Based on your intended major, you will be placed into one of three “degree tracks” corresponding to either Engineering, Business or Global Management. Each degree track contains three courses designed to improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking.


Each course will require 21 hours of classtime per week.

Each learner, regardless of their major, will take courses 96 and 97 to improve presentation, communication skills and graduate reading comprehension. Your third course will be determined by your selected “degree track."

GPE 96 - Graduate Presentations & Communication Skills

GPE 97 - Graduate Reading Strategies

GPE 95 - Graduate Academic Technical Writing (Engineering track)

GPE 91 - Academic and Business Writing Skills (Business, Global Management tracks)

Credit hours

The International Graduate Preparation program is a non-credit program, which means that you will not receive university credit for participating.


The cost of the program is $4,500 and includes tuition, fees and health insurance. 

Participants will also be responsible for purchasing textbooks upon arrival. Textbooks cost approximately $250 USD.

2020 Dates

Session dates: May 14-July 14, 2020

Application deadline: April 14, 2020

Student arrival date: May 14, 2020

Classes end: July 10, 2020


Live like a Sun Devil

Living at ASU promotes creative connections and innovation both inside and outside of the classroom while providing a supportive, close-knit environment designed to set you up for success. Living on campus is a great way to make new friends, practice your English and prepare yourself for life in America.

On campus housing

Participants of the International Graduate Preparation Program (IGPP) will live and learn on ASU's largest and most vibrant campus in Tempe, Arizona. Many of ASU's on-campus housing facilities offer a variety of amenities including multi-purpose centers, laundry facilities, suite-style rooms and common area community kitchens.

Visit the ASU housing wesbite for more information, including virtual tours, floor plans and rates.

All IGPP students interested in living on campus must submit an online housing application. All applications must be submitted through ASU University Housing's "My Housing" portal.

If you have trouble accessing ASU's "My Housing" portal, please email for assistance.

Apply for housing

Meal plan information

Students attending the IGPP and living on campus will be enrolled in the Maroon meal plan. With this flexible dining plan, you get 180 meals each semester, or about 10 meals per week, plus $375 Maroon & Gold (M&G) Dollars (declining balance) to use at residential restaurants across the ASU campuses. The meal plans are loaded on the ASU Pitchfork ID MasterCard® Check Card or the basic Sun Card.

Learn more about Maroon & Gold dollars

ASU provides a wide variety of meals including vegan and vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free options in the residential restaurants as well as kosher, halal and organic options in the on-campus markets. The residential restaurants feature full salad bars, deli, grill, homestyle entrees, international entrees, vegetarian and vegan options. West campus also offers popular dining options like Starbucks, Domino's Pizza, Chick-fil-a, Jamba juice and more.

Admission requirements for IGPP

To be eligible for the International Graduate Preparation Program, you must have one of the following:

"Admission with deficiencies" for English language proficiency to a master's degree program within the Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering, the W. P. Carey School of Business or the Thunderbird School of Management.


Bachelor’s degree* and one of the following:

  • TOEFL: minimum of 80
  • IELTS: minimum of 6.5 (no band under 6.0)
  • Completion of the Advanced 2 level of the Global Launch intensive English program with A’s and B’s

*Global Launch recommends a Bachelor’s degree in a related field of study, but it is not required for admission into the International Graduate Preparation Program.