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An important first step toward your future

Inspiring globally-minded students, educators and leaders to change their lives and the world, Global Launch at ASU has been offering specially designed intensive English language instruction through the year-long IEP for over 40 years, and has served over 22,000 students from more than 160 countries. Global launch teachers and staff are prepared to help students meet their English goals, experience American culture and prepare for university-level academic study.

Global Launch offers further English support for students wishing to start their degree program at the end of Intermediate 2 through the the ASU-USA Pathways program. For those who meet the requirements, Pathways provides full academic and English language support. Learn more about ASU-USA Pathways.

How does IEP work?

Classes are offered in 4- and 8-week sessions. There are five 8-week sessions offered throughout the year. Students enroll in the number of sessions necessary to achieve their desired level of English proficiency. There are six levels of English offered, from basic to college-ready. It takes one full session (eight weeks) to complete a level. If students are interested in short-term study, our program offers 10 four-week sessions throughout the year.

IEP to Pathways ASU Global Launch 


Full-time students study 21 hours per week, which includes 2 core courses and one specialization course.

Core Courses (18 Hours)

  • Listening/Speaking (9 hrs per week)
  • Reading/Writing (9 hrs per week)

Specialization (3 Hours per week)

4 different specializations are offered with over 25 different elective courses that can be chosen depending on the individual's proficiency level and interest. Each elective track introduces subjects appropriate for each learning level, allowing students to progress in their learning at a steady, manageable pace. For example, 'Introduction to Business' is focused on improving the student's exposure to the key concepts, ideas and vocabulary that are used in university Business classes. Elective tracks are as follows:

  • Business
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • Hospitality
  • General Studies

Sample Business Elective Track



Undergraduate Conditional Admission to ASU

Through our popular conditional admissions, students who qualify may be conditionally admitted while completing their English language requirement at Global Launch.

Students who successfully complete Global Launch program are not required to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score for admission to most ASU undergraduate degree programs. Conditional admission allows students to prepare for a successful transition into the university, with the support of faculty, staff and advisors.

Who is Eligible?

ASU International enrollment services offers conditional admission to international undergraduate applicants who:

  1. Meet all the academic requirements for their degree of choice
  2. Do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score which meets the minimum English language proficiency requirement for the degree program.

Concurrent Enrollment

  • Concurrent enrollment allows non-degree-seeking students to take Global Launch classes and ASU academic courses at the same time to learn what it takes to succeed in the U.S. educational system.


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