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Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)

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Get ready for graduate studies

The Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP) is designed for international students who seek to attend graduate studies programs in English. GSPP coursework focuses on the English language skills and strategies needed in day-to-day graduate school assignments/tasks and to communicate effectively with professors, graduate students, and graduate program administrators. At the same time, it is designed to prepare program participants to achieve the test scores (IELTS, GRE/GMAT)
necessary for graduate program admission.

Program Success:

  • Takes students from IELTS 5.5 to receiving a graduate school offer in 8 months
  • Improves the English language skills needed to a graduate-level English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5/7/7.5)
  • Offers conditional admission to Master’s Programs through its international partnerships
  • Has secured admission to world-famous graduate programs , including those at McGill University, the Schulich School of Business, and the University of Toronto
  • Prepares program participants to quickly achieve the required graduate school test scores (IELTS, GRE/GMAT)
  • Has a well-established network of North American university contacts to streamline applications
  • Offers professional advisory sessions about graduate school applications/pathways
  • Acculturates students to the North American university environment
  • Has access to qualified immigration path advisors

 

Gain acceptance to graduate school

The Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP) will improve your English language proficiency to a graduate school level (IELTS 6.5/7/7.5) and help you to enrol in graduate studies at any Canadian or American university.

The Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP)

  • Has secured admission for GSPP students to world-famous graduate programs, including those at McGill University, the Schulich School of Business, The University of Toronto, and many others worldwide
  • Has achieved great success in quickly and dramatically improving our students’ IELTS scores, consistently outperforming non-GSPP students
  • Focuses on the English language skills needed for day-to-day graduate-school assignments and situations
  • Arranges visits by graduate program administrators, professors and graduate students to help develop relevant communication skills and new contacts

Since 2010, Graduate Studies Preparation Program participants have earned offers of admission to graduate programs at, amongst others, the following universities:

  • York University (Toronto, Canada)
  • The University of Alberta (Alberta, Canada)
  • The University of Auckland (New Zealand)
  • The University of Bath (U.K.)
  • Bishop’s University (Quebec, Canada)
  • Brock University (Ontario, Canada)
  • Carleton University (Ontario, Canada)
  • Carnegie-Mellon University (U.S.A.)
  • Claremont Graduate University (California, U.S.A.)
  • Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)
  • The University of Essex (U.K.)
  • The University of Glasgow (Scotland)
  • Hofstra University (New York, U.S.A.)
  • Lakehead University (Ontario, Canada)
  • The University of Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada)
  • Massey University (New Zealand)
  • McGill University (Montreal, Canada)
  • McMaster University (Ontario, Canada)
  • OCAD University (Ontario, Canada)
  • The University of New Brunswick (New Brunswick, Canada)
  • The University of Northern British Columbia (British Columbia, Canada)
  • The University of North Carolina-Charlotte (U.S.A.)
  • The University of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada)
  • Queen’s University (Ontario, Canada)
  • The University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada)
  • The Rochester Institute of Technology (New York, U.S.A.)
  • Ryerson University (Toronto, Canada)
  • St. Mary’s University (Halifax, Canada)
  • The University of Sheffield (U.K.)
  • Sheffield Hallam University (U.K.)
  • The University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
  • The University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada)
  • The University of Western Ontario (now Western University)(Ontario, Canada)
  • The University of Windsor (Ontario, Canada)
  • The University of Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)

Note: this program was formerly known as the Pre-Graduate Preparation Program (YP3).

Graduate Studies at York University

York University admissions accept certificates from the York University English Language Institute Graduate Studies Preparation Program (GSPP) as equivalent to the following IELTS scores for language proficiency:

GSPP Pass IELTS 6.5
GSPP Honours IELTS 7.0
GSPP Distinction IELTS 7.5

Graduate Studies Preparation Program Term I

Graduate Studies Preparation Program Term I Courses

  • IELTS Preparation
  • Academic Communication I
  • Applying to Graduate School I
  • GRE/GMAT MOOC

 Academic Communication I (ACI) is designed to build language and communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), language learning strategies, and research and documentation skills to a graduate level English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5/7/7.5).

IELTS Preparation:  One key Graduate Studies Preparation Program difference is its approach to preparation for the IELTS test. Graduate Studies Preparation Program students consistently outperform the average IELTS candidate in terms of scores achieved for the amount of class time spent in test preparation. Based on a thorough understanding of how the IELTS exam is constructed and the skills it tests, our qualified instructors will give you detailed and practical strategies for approaching the exam.

Term I classes then take these strategies and apply them to tasks you will face in graduate school, in lectures, seminar discussions and presentations, while connecting these strategies to a broader understanding of the North American university environment.

Applying to Graduate School (AGS) not only provides customized advisory pathway clinics but also graduate school application preparation sessions. In addition, the course introduces strategies for surviving the graduate school experience, as well as preparing candidates for future teaching assistant assignments and their future careers. GSPP has access to qualified immigration advisors.

An online GRE/GMAT Module is available to guide students and improve their test scores

Graduate Studies Preparation Program Term II

Direct Entry Option: students with an IELTS score of 6.5 or better, or the equivalent TOEFL score, have the option to enter directly into Term II.

Graduate Studies Preparation Program Term II Courses

  • Academic Communications
  • Graduate School Writing
  • Applying to Graduate School II (AGS II)
  • IELTS, GRE/GMAT clinic

Term II coursework focuses on the English language skills needed to communicate effectively with graduate program administrators, professors, and graduate students (people who are frequent visitors to the GSPP) about day-to-day graduate school tasks.

Academic Communication II focuses on the language and communication skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing), language learning strategies, and research and documentation skills to a graduate level English language proficiency (IELTS 6.5/7/7.5).

Throughout the Academic Communication II course, participants will investigate concepts and language relevant to both academic topics in general and to their specific disciplines or fields of study. They will work to articulate in English the intellectual issues they encounter and relate these issues to other texts, to their own and others’ experience, and to areas of their own and others’ academic and professional expertise.

Graduate School Writing is designed to prepare students to research, draft, and revise varied types of research papers to prepare them for their different graduate school programs; The Graduate School Writing Coursework includes a narrative literature review, a paper in IMRAD form, and an Ethnography assignment, culminating in a final capstone project.

 Applying to Graduate School II (AGS II) not only provides customized advisory pathway clinics but also graduate school application preparation sessions.  In addition, the course introduces strategies for surviving the graduate school experience, as well as preparing candidates for future teaching assistant assignments and their future careers. GSPP has access to qualified immigration advisors.

IELTS, GRE/GMAT – following on from Term I’s courses and resources, this customized clinic identifies and addresses the remaining needs of GSPP students in regard to these tests.

GRE/GMAT preparation

For participants bound for graduate programs that require GRE or GMAT for Business Administration, Management, Management Science, and Finance, Graduate Studies Preparation Program also offers test preparation workshops.

As with IELTS preparation, the program’s GRE/GMAT component offers an effective, skills-based approach that is best built at an English-speaking university campus. Graduate Studies Preparation Program graduates have gone on to a variety of graduate programs that require a completed GRE or GMAT test, particularly MBA programs that require GMAT scores of 550 and above for admission.

Summary

  • Program length: 8 months (over 2 terms)
  • Class size: Approximately 16 students
  • Classroom hours/week: 20 hours
  • 3 start times per year: September, January, and May
  • On-campus residence

Materials

E-mail account, Internet and library access are supplied.

Admission requirements

 Language Proficiency:

Term 1 (8 months):

  • Previous education: An undergraduate degree
  • Language proficiency:
    -IELTS dcore 5.5
    -TOEFL iBT 69 (TOEFL Paper 525)
    -AP6 completion

Term 2 (4 months):

  • Previous education: An undergraduate degree
  • Language proficiency:
    -IELTS score 6.5
    -AP8/AP9 completion

 

 

Confidentiality and Financial Security

Given the experiential and practical nature of the courses and the application of Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) to York University, The School of Continuing Studies works to ensure that instructors and participants acknowledge and respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal information that may be presented in the context of instruction. Instructors will limit the amount of personal information that is collected, used or disclosed in their sessions, and will ensure that all identifying personal information (including proper name, address, etc.) is omitted from all written documents in order to protect personal privacy and confidentiality. Instructors should not bring or share personal or other confidential files or records with the class or allow students to do so.
We are committed in protecting your privacy and your financial security, and we do this in several ways:

  • Your credit card information is never received or stored by our system. Only your financial institution has access to your credit card information.
  • Your Student Portal is password-protected. To access any personal and academic information, you must enter your username and portal password.

York University Privacy Policy

How to Register

  • Online: Available sessions
  • Bank Transfers: Please contact the English Language Institute if you intend to pay by bank transfer. Please be aware that most international bank transfers requests will be charged a bank transfer fee. Please ask your bank for details. Students are responsible to ensure the money they have sent to English Language Institute covers any bank transfer fees.
  • Money Order: The Money Order should be made payable to York University. Please mail the original Money Order to our office at the following mailing address:
    York University English Language Institute
    Suite 035 Founders College
    4700 Keele Street
    Toronto, Ontario
    M3J 1P3 CANADA
Please send required documents to our fax number: 416-736-5908 or email at yueli@yorku.ca

Fees & Payment Deadlines

  • English Language Institute Application Fee: $200.00 (one-time only, non-refundable) for new students.
  • Health Insurance (Emergency Medical coverage) is available for an additional cost of $350.00.
  • Deposit of $5,000.00 (non-refundable) is required to complete your registration and receive a Letter of Acceptance.

If you are unable to join the first day of the course, please immediately contact us in order to find out the last possible day to attend the program. Attendance deadlines do apply.

*Fees subject to change

Accommodation

  • Placement Fee: $200.00 (one-time only, non-refundable).
  • Homestay includes three meals a day.
  • You may apply for residence if you are between the ages of 18 and 29.
  • Residence includes a meal plan, except during the summer months (May – August).

Cancellation and Refund

Please refer to the following document for Program Cancellation & Refund Policy questions & answers:

Cancellation, Transfer and Refund Policies and Procedures

University Policy on Student Conduct

  • Students and instructors are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy, collegiality and mutual respect and to refrain from actions that would be disruptive to such a relationship;
  • It is the responsibility of the instructor to maintain an appropriate academic atmosphere in the classroom and the responsibility of the student to cooperate in that endeavour; and,
  • The instructor is the best person to decide, in first instance, whether such an atmosphere is present in the class and may at their discretion, take steps that they feel are appropriate to resolve an issue or dispute.

In any case, where a student feels that this policy has been violated, they are urged to: notify the instructor of the course/program as soon as possible. Students may be asked to provide a detailed written description of their complaint to the instructor. The instructor may take measures they feel are appropriate to resolve the issue and/or may forward the complaint to the English Language Institute for review. Please refer to the full policy document on the York University website at: http://www.yorku.ca/scdr/

 

 

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