Success starts with you

Starting a new life in a new country can be a challenge, from embracing new customs, navigating around a new city, and learning how to succeed at a top research university in America. Many of these challenges are made easier by working hard, asking for help, and improving your knowledge of the English language.

Prepare for all this and more in the new International Graduate Preparation Program - Engineering (IGPP) for part-time study.

Developed by Global Launch, ASU's English language learning unit, this part-time program provides you with additional English language and academic support through classes focused on technical writing, graduate presentation and communication skills, and effective reading analysis – all designed to improve classroom performance.

Ensure your success during your first semester at ASU by joining the part-time International Graduate Preparation Program. 


The IGPP-Enginerring part-time program is designed to supplement your coursework at the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. Courses are designed to focus on enhancing reading, writing and comprehension of the English language.

You may enroll in one, two or three courses based on your class schedule and individual needs. You are not required to take all three courses. Each course is 6 hours per week.

  • Graduate Academic and Technical Writing: Aspiring leaders in technology and science must be able to communicate their ideas in an understandable, logical, and persuasive manner; effective writing in English is essential for both graduate-level students and professionals. This course helps students develop the skills needed to write clearly and effectively, in both academic and technical settings, through the exploration of efficient techniques and writing processes for targeting specific audiences with impactful content.

  • Graduate Presentations & Communication Skills: The Presentation and Communication Skills course is integral for the students’ success in Master’s programs because it helps students develop their ability to persuade, inform, and motivate an audience. It covers key competencies such as identifying audience, purpose, and context; researching and organizing information; preparing and delivering effective visual aids; and communicating concisely in English. The other component of this course builds competency in cross-cultural communication through developing cultural perspectives.  The course will be coupled with activities that will include impromptu technical-themed presentations, evaluations by the professor, and feedback from peers.

  • Graduate Reading Strategies: Utilizing the field of technology, science and engineering, this course is designed to give graduate-bound students a thorough grounding in strategies and techniques for efficient and effective reading of complex, dense texts expected of graduate degrees.   Through the problem-analysis/team-solution model, graduate students will build foundations for critically analyzing texts and utilizing them for resolving technical issues, while amassing a graduate-level English lexis.

After you successfully complete the program, you will receive a certificate of completion.

Class schedule

This schedule is an example and is subject to change at any moment. 


Courses are only offered during the Fall 2018 semester.

Application deadline: Aug. 28, 2018

Student registration: Aug. 29, 2018

Program dates:  Aug. 30 – Nov. 30, 2018


 The IGPP-Engineering program costs $1,872 per course, and does not include textbooks. 

How to apply

You must obtain a letter of permission from the International Students and Scholars Center (ISSC) at Arizona State University to apply for the IGPP program. You may view a sample of the letter here on our website. You are not required to pay the $125 application fee or provide a financial guarantee letter. 

Apply now

If you have any questions about the International Graduate Preparation Program, please email

To speak to a Global Launch representative in person, please visit the Welcome Desk on the 3rd floor of the Computing Commons building on the ASU Tempe campus.