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Online Pre-Arrival Course: Preparing for Graduate Success

Open to Newly-Admitted International Graduate Students in All U-M Schools and Colleges*

Summer 2024 Registration Now Open!

In this highly-interactive four-week online course led by an experienced ELI faculty member, 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. You will refine your language skills through online discussions and receive 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 2024 Course Details

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

Course Dates: July 8 - August 5
Registration/Payment Deadline: Early July
Time commitment: 3-4 hours per week
Course fee: $495



Payment Options

Payment via Credit Card: Self-funding participants can register and pay via credit card using the button below. Please note that your space is not guaranteed until payment is received.

Payment vis Department Shortcode: If your department is paying the course fee please use the Registration/Payment by Departmental Transfer button below, and enter your department administrator contact details in the form. We will follow up with them to process payment.

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