Graduate Preparation Program

In the Graduate Preparation Program, you will receive four weeks of training designed to prepare you to begin graduate-level studies at a U.S. university. The Graduate Preparation Program is divided into three main components:

  1. Academic Preparation including vocabulary development, reading comprehension, academic writing, note-taking, critical-thinking skills and small-group work.
  2. Verbal Communication including presentation skills, pronunciation, and participating and leading discussions.
  3. Orientation to Life in the United States including professor and peer expectations and health and safety issues.

Program Structure

The program accommodates a broad range of student research areas and fields of study. You will use your graduate program research topic as the focus of your studies within the Graduate Preparation Program. The program culminates in a final conference presentation by all program participants. Preparation for this presentation includes writing a graduate-level research paper proposal and creating a poster to visually represent your thesis.

Each week, students will attend at least one guest lecture given by UW faculty. Lectures will cover a wide range of subject areas. The lectures are intended to help broaden student knowledge on academic topics as well as develop comprehension, critical thinking and note-taking skills. Students should expect to spend one to three hours nightly on homework, presentations and preparing for the next day's classes.


The Graduate Preparation Program meets five hours a day, Monday through Friday, for a total of 25 hours of class per week.

Versant Test

If you need to take the Versant English Test, you can purchase and take a practice test beforehand. Note that the official Versant test must be taken in person at the University of Washington.

Refund Policy

Our refund policy is as follows:

  • 100 percent tuition refund if you withdraw before the start of the program
  • 50 percent tuition refund if you withdraw by 5 p.m. of the first business day of the program
  • No tuition refund if you withdraw after 5 p.m. of the first business day of the program

Note that all application, registration and deposit fees are nonrefundable.

Costs per Quarter

Tuition: $3,490
Nonrefundable application fee: $50
Nonrefundable registration fee: $45

($55 beginning Autumn 2019)
Room and board (estimated): $1,438
Books and supplies (estimated): $130
Bus pass
Other expenses $232
TOTAL $5,640

Note: Fees subject to change


"This program taught me how to do research, how to make presentations and, since I'm an international student, introduced me to the American academic culture."

— Omar Mohsin, Iraq