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Online Pre-Arrival Course: Preparing for Graduate Success

Summer 2023 Registration Now Open!

Course Overview

This highly-interactive four-week online course provides newly-admitted U-M international graduate and professional students a unique opportunity to prepare for academic, cultural, and professional success before beginning their academic programs. 

You will learn about the cultural expectations and academic language conventions of graduate study and research in the U.S., as well as campus culture both in and outside the classroom, virtual and in-person.

You will read articles, watch short video lectures and complete assignments. You will refine your language skills through online discussions. Each participant receives extensive individualized feedback from the instructor. The flexible 'asynchronous" course structure means that you can complete assignments at any time of the day or night as long as you meet weekly deadlines. 

Join other new Michigan graduate students in this interactive and engaging online course. You will build friendships and learn about resources to support you from the day you start your graduate student journey. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Summer 2023 Course Details

Space is limited, so register early to reserve your place!

Course Dates: July 10 - Sunday, August 6, 2023
Registration/Payment Deadline: Friday, July 7, 2023
Time commitment: 3-4 hours per week
Course fee: $450

For more information, please email:

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS AND DEPARTMENTS: The PGS program does NOT provide teacher preparation for Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs). It does not fulfill or replace any GSI-related requirements. For information about these resources, please visit ELI's GSI Program page or contact Brenda Imber ( 



Course fee: $450

For Participants Receiving Departmental Support: Departments may pay for the course fee via Shortcode/Journal Entry to ELI shortcode 424524 *PLEASE NOTE: Paying Dept is to initiate transfer and then send a copy to Please contact us at if you have questions about departmental payments.

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