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Rice University

English and Academic Preparation - Pre-Collegiate

Rice University via Coursera


The English and Academic Preparation - Pre-Collegiate non-credit course is for students with a (minimum) high-intermediate level of English. This certificate course is designed to help domestic and international students develop the academic skills necessary for success in undergraduate studies at an American university while strengthening their English proficiency.

Ideally, prospective students have completed or are near completion of a high school diploma in their country and would like to come to the United States to study for a bachelor’s degree.

The total length of time required to complete the course is approximately 4 weeks. Students should expect to spend about 5-7 hours per week working with the materials and assignments.
The course is made up of 4 modules:

• Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking
• Writer’s Workshop
• Reading and Note-taking
• Capstone Project

Each module consists of video lessons, opportunities for practicing English and academic skills, interactive discussion boards with classmates, and graded activities. All courses are asynchronous, which means that the lessons and their activities can be completed at any time of day or night, provided that all course assignments are completed by the final day of class.


  • Listening, Speaking and Critical Thinking
    • In this module, we will learn some skills necessary for listening to and speaking about academic topics at the undergraduate level.
  • Writer's Workshop
    • In this module, we will learn some skills necessary for academic writing at the undergraduate level.
  • Reading and Note Taking
    • In this module, we will learn some skills necessary for reading and taking notes about academic texts and at the undergraduate level.
  • Application Project
    • The Pre-Collegiate application project is the final module of the English and Academic Preparation Program. In this module, you will not learn new information as you did in the previous modules, but rather apply the knowledge and skills you learned from the other modules in this academic certificate in order to complete a series of four tasks.

Taught by

Alice Llanos and Rachel Kraut, Ph.D.


4.6 rating at Coursera based on 176 ratings

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