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Understanding and being able to communicate in the English language is key to success in the field of Engineering. Communicating from aiport towers to pilots in the air, understanding key terms to create energy solutions, and being able to work with peers and professors on graduate-level research projects are just a few examples of why English is so important to your future career in Engineering. Through the ASU International Graduate Preparation Program - Engineering, you will improve your English for success in one of the country's top graduate degree programs.

The IGPP is an alternative to the TOEFL exam. When you complete the IGPP - Engineering, you will have fulfilled your English proficiency requirement for admission into your chosen degree program in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

About the Ira A. Fulton Schools

The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University is one of the largest engineering programs in the United States with more than 21,000 students. Students in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering are part of a community of problem solvers – people who are passionate about designing and making innovative and entrepreneurial solutions. At the Fulton schools alone, learners and reseachers have earned more than $100M to fund new, innovative ideas. 

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In the 10-week ASU International Graduate Preparation Program - Engineering (IGPP), you will do more than just improve your English. You will learn how to participate in high-level engineering research projects, build relationships with ASU advisors, conduct field study and learn how to collaborate with other engineering students.

Students will take the following courses to improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking at the graduate level. View course descriptions

  • Graduate Academic and Technical Writing Course 
  • Graduate Presentations & Communication Skills Course 
  • Graduate Reading Strategies Course 

To be eligible, you must have one of the following:

  • "Admission with deficiencies" to a master's degree program within the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
  • A transfer form from your current graduate preparation program or any English program within the United States.
  • At least a bachelor's degree in Engineering or a related field of study


  • Minimum TOEFL of 80
  • Minimum IELTS of 6.5 (no band under 6.0)

The cost of the course 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.

Courses are only offered during the Summer 2019 Session.

Program dates:  May 29 – Aug. 2

Application deadline: Apr. 29

If your primary purpose for entering the United States is to study, you must obtain an F-1 student visa. To get an F-1 visa, you need to apply to the ASU International Graduate Preparation Program and submit the required documents. When your application is processed and approved, ASU will send you a Certificate of Eligibility (SEVIS Form I-20). 

ASU Global Launch will also issue I-20 documents for dependents of the applicant. If you require an I-20 for a dependent, your financial guarantee must provide proof of an additional $1,875 for a spouse or $1,250 for a child.

Next steps

  1. After you receive our SEVIS form I-20, process your SEVIS Form I-901 and your SEVIS fee.

  2. Apply for a non-immigrant visa, DS-160. After you complete your DS-160, print and save the DS-160 barcode page.

  3. Schedule a visa interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate near you. Each consulate has different wait times. You can view the wait times in your area online.

  4. Pay your non-immigrant visa application fees before your visa interview.

  5. Prepare for your visa interview. Please read all information provided by the U.S. embassy or consulate that you will visit.

Step 1. Obtain a financial guarantee letter from your bank showing a minimum of $7,550 USD (or the equivalent in your local currency) available for your school and living expenses in the requested session. You should have this form ready before moving into step 2. Download a Sample Statement of Financial Guarantee.

Step 2. Fill out the application form completely. Your name and date of birth must be the same as recorded in your passport. You MUST upload your passport or proof of American citizenship (or permanent residency).

Step 3. Pay the non-refundable application fee of $125. Payment can be made by credit card or bank transfer. You will be prompted to pay the application fee at the end of the application.  

Application deadline for Summer 2019 is Apr. 29, 2018.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you have any additional questions about the International Graduate Preparation Program - Engineering, financial aid, insurance, courses, etc., please visit our Frequently Asked Question document.

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