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Participants will receive an initial assessment at the beginning of the program, and a post program evaluation. Participants who successfully complete the program will be given a certificate of completion.

Program Goals

The goal of this program is to give participants the English and academic skills necessary to be successful in navigating expectations, policies, procedures coursework, and cultures of graduate school.  The program will include multiple courses and course work designed with this goal in mind.  Participants will be prepared for the rigors of graduate work in English with a specific focus on Academic skills such as: library research skills, summarizing, analyzing and synthesizing skills for academic and professional writing, critical thinking, effective reading strategies, oral presentation skills, intercultural communication, listening skills, and working in a group.

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If you have any questions about EAS please email:

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eas_program@lists.utah.edu

Foundations program: 

foundations_eas@lists.utah.edu

On-Campus

Register

Aug 1, 2016 - Aug 12, 2016

University of Utah Campus, Salt Lake City, Utah
Monday-Friday 9am-1:30pm
Friday afternoons- Optional City outing

$1,000 ($20 per hour for 50 hours of instruction-less than tuition for a course of the same hours)

Early bird discount: $900, if paid in full by June 30th

Group Discounts available: please contact karen.marsh@utah.edu for group discount rates.

Included: cost of courses and materials, access to university facilities including library, and cost of Friday afternoon excursions in the Salt Lake City with University of Utah instructors.

Click here for schedule

Writing Skills

  • Develop research and library skills
  • Strengthen summarizing and paraphrasing
  • Focus on writing process
  • Discipline specific research skills
  • Gather information from multiple sources
  • Learn citation mechanics
  • Discipline specific collocations/concordancing
  • Strengthen claims

Pronunciation and oral skills

  • Develop fluency
  • Focus on factors affecting intelligibility
  • Receive specific pronunciation feedback
  • Interact with audience
  • Gain presentation skills
  • Handle Questions
  • Build confidence
  • Strategies to mitigate accent

Academic Skills

  • Presentation skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Intercultural communication strategies
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Improve reading skills
  • Participate in seminars
  • Avoid Plagiarism
  • Use critical thinking skills
  • Work as a team
  • Lead discussion groups
  • Poster sessions

Why Jumpstart? 

International students have taken English for many years, but just like native speakers, they may not be prepared for the rigors of US Academic standards for graduate school.  This program builds academic English and Academic skills so they are ready to focus on the content of their program when it starts.

Why should I choose this option over the online option?

Meeting together on campus will help you feel comfortable and adjusted to the campus before school starts.  It is so fun to meet graduate students from all over campus and get to know some people before school starts.  This helps mitigate your culture shock and helps you be prepared to jump into your studies when school starts.

Why is there a break between the program and school starting?

Many departments hold orientation during the week before classes, so we leave that time open for students to be with their departments and to complete other required orientations.

If I am an international student, can I arrive before my program starts? 

Yes, with a student visa, you can arrive up to 30 days before your start date to prepare for your studies and find housing and be ready to start your program.

If I am in my second year of graduate study, can I still participate?

Yes, jumpstart is geared toward first year graduate students, but can be taken anytime during graduate studies if the skills learned would benefit you.

Do you give grades for jumpstart?

No, this program is not part of your official graduate record and does not count toward graduation.

Do you provide housing?

No, students are responsible to find their own housing

What is the cost of the program?

The program costs $1000 per student, but you can get an early bird price of $900 is you register on or before June 30.  There are also group discounts available.  $1000 for over 50 hours with our instructors is $20 per hour (that is a deal).

How do I get a group discount?

If 4 or more people from your department are participating in the program, then email karen.marsh@utah.edu and get the link for group registration. 

Can a department pay for students to take jumpstart?

Yes, if a program decides to pay for graduate students, they contact CECE and work with them to complete the registration. https://continue.utah.edu/

What if I have trouble completing my registration?

Please contact Continuing Education and Community Engagement for help with the registration process. https://continue.utah.edu/

What happens after I register?

You will receive a confirmation email soon after registration.  A couple of week before the program begins, you will receive an email with instructions about where we will meet on Aug 1, how to get there, and what you should bring with you.

What if I have questions about Jumpstart?

Please contact Karen Marsh Schaeffer karen.marsh@utah.edu with questions about jumpstart or graduate English programs.

Will you be able to get rid of my accent?

This program focuses on skills that will help students be successful in graduate school, including working on understandability in English.  We will give you some strategies to help you be better understood.

What are the Friday afternoon outings?

An optional, but wonderful, part of the program are the Friday afternoon outings.  The instructors will take the students sightseeing somewhere nearby so the students have a feel for Salt Lake and surrounding areas.  This is a chance for the students to ask all kinds of cultural questions as well.

What if I still need help after jumpstart?

The university has many resources available to help you be successful.  The Linguistics Department also offers addition classes/programs to help you.

 

Online

REGISTER

Aug 1, 2016 - Aug 12, 2016
Monday-Friday   9:00am-1:30pm

$1,000 ($20 per hour for 50 hours of instruction-less than tuition for a course of the same hours)

Early bird discount: $900, if paid in full by June 30th

Group Discounts available: please contact karen.marsh@utah.edu for group discount rates.

Click here for schedule

Writing Skills

  • Develop research and library skills
  • Strengthen summarizing and paraphrasing
  • Focus on writing process
  • Discipline specific research skills
  • Gather information from multiple sources
  • Learn citation mechanics
  • Discipline specific collocations/concordancing
  • Strengthen claims

Pronunciation and oral skills

  • Develop fluency
  • Focus on factors affecting intelligibility
  • Receive specific pronunciation feedback
  • Interact with audience
  • Gain presentation skills
  • Handle Questions
  • Build confidence
  • Strategies to mitigate accent

Academic Skills

  • Presentation skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Intercultural communication strategies
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Improve reading skills
  • Participate in seminars
  • Avoid Plagiarism
  • Use critical thinking skills
  • Work as a team
  • Lead discussion groups
  • Poster sessions

Why Jumpstart? 

International students have taken English for many years, but just like native speakers, they may not be prepared for the rigors of US Academic standards for graduate school.  This program builds academic English and Academic skills so they are ready to focus on the content of their program when it starts.

Why should I choose the online option?

The online option is created to help students still participate in all of the academic readiness activities even if they are not able to arrive early to campus.

How is the online program different from the on campus program? 

Since we are meeting remotely, you will not have the exact same interactions with the other students during the program, but you will still be able to communicate with and work with other students.  Most interaction will happen asynchronously since time zones are quite spread out.  The coursework will be set up so you can complete it from anywhere.

Do I need any special equipment?

Yes, you will need internet access and you will need to have microphone, web cam, and speakers (either built into your computer or separate) in order to fully participate.

Why is there a break between the program and school starting?

Many departments hold orientation during the week before classes, so we leave that time open for students to be with their departments and to complete other required orientations.  Also, it does take some time to travel to campus and adjust to the time differences.

If I am in my second year of graduate study, can I still participate?

Yes, jumpstart is geared toward first year graduate students, but can be taken anytime during graduate studies if the skills learned would benefit you.

Do you give grades for jumpstart?

No, this program is not part of your official graduate record and does not count toward graduation.

What is the cost of the program?

The program costs $1000 per student, but you can get an early bird price of $900 is you register on or before June 30.  There are also group discounts available. $1000 for over 50 hours with our instructors is $20 per hour (that is a deal).

How do I get a group discount?

If 4 or more people from your department are participating in the program, then email karen.marsh@utah.edu and get the link for group registration. 

Can a department pay for students to take jumpstart?

Yes, if a program decides to pay for graduate students, they contact CECE and work with them to complete the registration. https://continue.utah.edu/

What if I have trouble completing my registration?

Please contact Continuing Education and Community Engagement for help with the registration process. https://continue.utah.edu/

What happens after I register?

You will receive a confirmation email soon after registration.  A couple of week before the program begins, you will receive an email with instructions about how to view the course online and how to participate in the course.  This will come ahead of Aug 1 so that on Aug 1 you are all ready to participate with us.

What if I have questions about Jumpstart?

Please contact Karen Marsh Schaeffer karen.marsh@utah.edu with questions about jumpstart or graduate English programs.

Will you be able to get rid of my accent?

This program focuses on skills that will help students be successful in graduate school, including working on understandability in English.  We will give you some strategies to help you be better understood.

What if I still need help after jumpstart?

The university has many resources available to help you be successful.  The Linguistics Department also offers addition classes/programs to help you.

 

Last Updated: 8/22/16